Date: Thursday 2nd February 2012
Speaker: Damiano Testa (Warwick).
Title: The surface of cuboids and Siegel modular threefolds.
Abstract: A perfect cuboid is a parallelepiped with rectangular faces all of whose edges, face diagonals and long diagonal have integer length. A question going back to Euler asks for the existence of a perfect cuboid. No perfect cuboid has been found, nor it is known that they do not exist. In this talk I will first compute the Picard group of the space of cuboids (joint with M. Stoll). Then, I will show that the space of cuboids
is a divisor in a Siegel modular threefold, thus allowing to translate the existence of a perfect cuboid to the existence of special torsion structures in abelian surfaces defined over number fields. http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/cheltsov/seminar/