### Abstract:

The classical theory of canonical lifts for elliptic curves gives a canonical way of lifting ordinary'' elliptic curves in positive characteristic to characteristic zero. I'll explain a new point of view on this which relies on a better understanding of the formal properties of the Witt vector construction. The formal nature of this approach suggests that it is the right framework for handling canonical lifts in general moduli problems. It also has a few pleasant consequences in the theory of canonical lifts of elliptic curves. The classical theory becomes nearly tautological, and it works for families of elliptic curves, rather than just individual ones. It even works for pp-adic families, rather than just families in characteristic pp. (This is joint work with Lance Gurney.)

Speaker

James Borger

Research Area
Affiliation

ANU

Date

Thu, 18/05/2017 - 2:00pm

Venue

RC-4082, The Red Centre, UNSW