Torsors, étale homotopy and applications to rational points


Torsors, étale homotopy and applications to rational points

edited by Alexei N. Skorobogatov

(London Mathematical Society lecture note series, 405)

Cambridge University Press, 2013

  • : pbk

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Includes bibliographical references



Torsors, also known as principal bundles or principal homogeneous spaces, are ubiquitous in mathematics. The purpose of this book is to present expository lecture notes and cutting-edge research papers on the theory and applications of torsors and etale homotopy, all written from different perspectives by leading experts. Part one of the book contains lecture notes on recent uses of torsors in geometric invariant theory and representation theory, plus an introduction to the etale homotopy theory of Artin and Mazur. Part two of the book features a milestone paper on the etale homotopy approach to the arithmetic of rational points. Furthermore, the reader will find a collection of research articles on algebraic groups and homogeneous spaces, rational and K3 surfaces, geometric invariant theory, rational points, descent and the Brauer-Manin obstruction. Together, these give a state-of-the-art view of a broad area at the crossroads of number theory and algebraic geometry.


  • List of contributors
  • Preface
  • Part I. Lecture Notes: 1. Three lectures on Cox rings Jurgen Hausen
  • 2. A very brief introduction to etale homotopy Tomer M. Schlank and Alexei N. Skorobogatov
  • 3. Torsors and representation theory of reductive groups Vera Serganova
  • Part II. Contributed Papers: 4. Torsors over luna strata Ivan V. Arzhantsev
  • 5. Abelianisation des espaces homogenes et applications arithmetiques Cyril Demarche
  • 6. Gaussian rational points on a singular cubic surface Ulrich Derenthal and Felix Janda
  • 7. Actions algebriques de groupes arithmetiques Philippe Gille and Laurent Moret-Bailly
  • 8. Descent theory for open varieties David Harari and Alexei N. Skorobogatov
  • 9. Factorially graded rings of complexity one Jurgen Hausen and Elaine Herppich
  • 10. Nef and semiample divisors on rational surfaces Antonio Laface and Damiano Testa
  • 11. Example of a transcendental 3-torsion Brauer-Manin obstruction on a diagonal quartic surface Thomas Preu
  • 12. Homotopy obstructions to rational points Yonatan Harpaz and Tomer M. Schlank.

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