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## Easter Island volume

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Let $A$ be an abelian surface over a finite field $k$. The $k$-isogeny class of $A$ is uniquely determined by a Weil polynomial $f_A$ of degree 4. We give a classification of the groups of $k$-rational points on varieties from this class in terms of $f_A$.

Toric geometry exhibited a profound relation between algebra and topology on one side and combinatorics and convex geometry on the other side. In the last decades, the interplay between algebraic and convex geometry has been explored and used successfully in a much more general setting: first, for varieties with an algebraic group action (such as spherical varieties) and recently for all algebraic varieties (construction of Newton-Okounkov bodies). The main goal of the conference is to survey recent developments in these directions. Main topics of the conference are: Theory of Newton polytopes and Newton-Okounkov bodies; Toric geometry, geometry of spherical varieties, Schubert calculus, geometry of moduli spaces; Tropical geometry and convex geometry; Real algebraic geometry and fewnomial theory; Polynomial vector fields and the Hilbert 16th problem.

We solve a technical problem related to adeles on an algebraic surface. Given a finite set of natural numbers up to two, one associates an adelic group. We show that this operation commutes with taking intersections if the surface is defined over an uncountable field and we provide a counterexample otherwise.

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Using the notion of isoclinism introduced by P. Hall for finite p-groups, we show that many important classes of finite p-groups have stable cohomology detected by abelian subgroups (see Theorem 11). Moreover, we show that the stable cohomology of the n-fold wreath product Gn=Z/p≀…≀Z/p of cyclic groups Z/p is detected by elementary abelian p-subgroups and we describe the resulting cohomology algebra explicitly. Some applications to the computation of unramified and stable cohomology of finite groups of Lie type are given.

In this paper a method of constructing a semiorthogonal decomposition of the derived category of *G*-equivariant sheaves on a variety *X* is described, provided that the derived category of sheaves on *X *admits a semiorthogonal decomposition, whose components are preserved by the action of the group *G *on *X*. Using this method, semiorthogonal decompositions of equivariant derived categories were obtained for projective bundles and for blow-ups with a smooth center, and also for varieties with a full exceptional collection, preserved by the action of the group. As a main technical instrument, descent theory for derived categories is used.

I give the explicit formula for the (set-theoretical) system of Resultants of m+1 homogeneous polynomials in n+1 variables

We study unirational algebraic varieties and the fields of rational functions on them. We show that after adding a finite number of variables some of these fields admit an infinitely transitive model. The latter is an algebraic variety with the given field of rational functions and an infinitely transitive regular action of a group of algebraic automorphisms generated by unipotent algebraic subgroups. We expect that this property holds for all unirational varieties and in fact is a peculiar one for this class of algebraic varieties among those varieties which are rationally connected.

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Given a smooth projective algebraic surface X, a point O in X and a big divisor D on X, we consider the set of all Newton-Okounkov bodies of D with respect to valuations of the field of rational functions of X centred at O, or, equivalently, with respect to a flag (E,p) which is infinitely near to O, in the sense that there is a sequence of blowups mapping the smooth, irreducible rational curve E to O. The main objective of this paper is to start a systematic study of the variation of these infinitesimal Newton-Okounkov bodies as (E, p) varies, focusing on the case X = P2.

Let k be a field of characteristic zero, let G be a connected reductive algebraic group over k and let g be its Lie algebra. Let k(G), respectively, k(g), be the field of k- rational functions on G, respectively, g. The conjugation action of G on itself induces the adjoint action of G on g. We investigate the question whether or not the field extensions k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G are purely transcendental. We show that the answer is the same for k(G)/k(G)^G and k(g)/k(g)^G, and reduce the problem to the case where G is simple. For simple groups we show that the answer is positive if G is split of type A_n or C_n, and negative for groups of other types, except possibly G_2. A key ingredient in the proof of the negative result is a recent formula for the unramified Brauer group of a homogeneous space with connected stabilizers. As a byproduct of our investigation we give an affirmative answer to a question of Grothendieck about the existence of a rational section of the categorical quotient morphism for the conjugating action of G on itself.

Let G be a connected semisimple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field k. In 1965 Steinberg proved that if G is simply connected, then in G there exists a closed irreducible cross-section of the set of closures of regular conjugacy classes. We prove that in arbitrary G such a cross-section exists if and only if the universal covering isogeny Ĝ → G is bijective; this answers Grothendieck's question cited in the epigraph. In particular, for char k = 0, the converse to Steinberg's theorem holds. The existence of a cross-section in G implies, at least for char k = 0, that the algebra k[G]G of class functions on G is generated by rk G elements. We describe, for arbitrary G, a minimal generating set of k[G]G and that of the representation ring of G and answer two Grothendieck's questions on constructing generating sets of k[G]G. We prove the existence of a rational (i.e., local) section of the quotient morphism for arbitrary G and the existence of a rational cross-section in G (for char k = 0, this has been proved earlier); this answers the other question cited in the epigraph. We also prove that the existence of a rational section is equivalent to the existence of a rational W-equivariant map T- - - >G/T where T is a maximal torus of G and W the Weyl group.