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Topics including graphs and hypergraphs, algebraic graph theory, finite geometries, random processes, extremal or Ramsey theory, applications of combinatorics, combinatorial geometry, partial orders, design theory, combinatorial matrix theory, additive combinatorics.

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21 Jan 2022 | Ranganathan Padmanabhan | Zero-Sum Geometries |

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25 Feb 2022 | No seminar - Reading week | |

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15 Apr 2022 | No seminar - Good Friday | |

22 Apr 2022 |

**Speaker**: Ranganathan Padmanabhan (Manitoba, Math)

**Title**: Zero-Sum Geometries

**Abstract: **
The classical theory of cubic curves has a harmonizing blend of algebra, geometry, number theory, combinatorics with applications to cryptography and computer science. Here we start from the well-known fact that cubic curves (defined over a field k) admit a group law $\oplus$ over k such that three points $\{P,Q,R\}$ on the curve are collinear if and only if $P \oplus Q \oplus R = 0$ under the group law. This is a typical example of - what may be called - a zero-sum geometry (term borrowed from [5]). An (n,k)-configuration in a projective plane over k consists of a set of n points, and a finite arrangement of k lines (also called blocks), such that each line is incident with k points. A famous problem here is the geometric realization of such abstract configurations, see [1]. The sought-after realization is, of course, over the real plane. But, as discovered by J.J. Sylvester way back in 1895, there are many important and beautiful configurations which cannot be realized over the real plane. In this talk, we show how cubic curves equipped with its geometrically defined group law will be an useful tool in deciding the realizability of several (n,3) and (n,4) configurations. This is part of ongoing research done in collaboration with Jeffrey Lanyon and Dr. Alok Shukla (Ahmedabad University).

References

[1] Grünbaum, Branko, Configurations of Points and Lines, Graduate Studies in Mathematics, 103, AMS, 2009.

[2] Lanyon, Jeffrey, Group Realizations of Configurations, M.Sc. Thesis, University of Manitoba, 2018.

[3] Mendelsohn, N. S. ; Padmanabhan, R. Wolk, B., Placement of the Desargues configuration on a cubic curve. Geom. Dedicata 40 (1991), no. 2, 165-170.

[4] Padmanabhan, R and Shukla, Alok, Orchards in elliptic curves over finite fields, Finite Fields and Their Applications 68 (2020), AMS-MR4158718, 17pp.

[5] Wolfram, Cubic Curves and Zero-Sum Geometries
https://blog.wolfram.com/2018/02/02/cultivating-new-solutions-for-the-orchard-planting-problem/