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Abelian quotients of subgroups of the mapping class group and higher Prym representations
(201308)A wellknown conjecture asserts that the mapping class group of a surface (possibly with punctures/boundary) does not virtually surject onto Z if the genus of the surface is large. We prove that if this conjecture holds ... 
A Birman exact sequence for Aut(Fn)
(2012)The Birman exact sequence describes the effect on the mapping class group of a surface with boundary of gluing discs to the boundary components. We construct an analogous exact sequence for the automorphism group of a free ... 
BorelCantelli Sequences
(201206) 
The complex of partial bases for Fn and nite generation of the Torelli subgroup of Aut(Fn)
(2013)We study the complex of partial bases of a free group, which is an analogue for Aut(Fn) of the curve complex for the mapping class group. We prove that it is connected and simply connected, and we also prove that its ... 
Cubic fourfolds containing a plane and a quantic del Pezzo surface
(2014)We isolate a class of smooth rational cubic fourfolds X containing a plane whose associated quadric surface bundle does not have a rational section. This is equivalent to the nontriviality of the Brauer class β of the even ... 
The Density of States Measure of the Weakly Coupled Fibonacci Hamiltonian
(2012)We consider the density of states measure of the Fibonacci Hamiltonian and show that, for small values of the coupling constant V , this measure is exactdimensional and the almost everywhere value dV of the local ... 
Dichotomy for arithmetic progressions in subsets of reals
(2016)Let H stand for the set of homeomorphisms φ:[0, 1] → [0, 1]. We prove the following dichotomy for Borel subsets A ⊂ [0, 1]: • either there exists a homeomorphism φ ∈ Hsuch that the image φ(A) contains no 3term arithmetic ... 
Effective Computation of Picard Groups and BrauerManin Obstructions of Degree Two K3 Surfaces Over Number Fields
(2013)Using the KugaSatake correspondence we provide an effective algorithm for the computation of the Picard and Brauer groups of K3 surfaces of degree 2 over number fields. 
Ergodic properties of compositions of interval exchange maps and rotations
(2012)We study the ergodic properties of compositions of interval exchange transformations (IETs) and rotations. We show that for any IET T, there is a full measure set of α ∈ [0, 1) so that T Rα is uniquely ergodic, where Rα is ... 
Failure of the Hasse Principle on General K3 Surfaces
(2013)We show that transcendental elements of the Brauer group of an algebraic surface can obstruct the Hasse principle. We construct a general K3 surface X of degree 2 over Q, together with a twotorsion Brauer class that is ... 
Filtering smooth concordance classes of topologically slice knots
(2013)We propose and analyze a structure with which to organize the difference between a knot in S3 bounding a topologically embedded 2–disk in B4 and it bounding a smoothly embedded disk. The n–solvable filtration of the ... 
Fundamental domains and generators for lattice Veech groups
(2017)The moduli space QMg of nonzero genus g quadratic differentials has a natural action of G=GL+2(R) / ⟨±(1001) ⟩. The Veech group PSL(X,q) is the stabilizer of (X,q)∈QMg in G. We describe a new algorithm for finding elements ... 
Generating the Johnson filtration
(2015)For k≥1, let J1g(k) be the k th term in the Johnson filtration of the mapping class group of a genus g surface with one boundary component. We prove that for all k≥1, there exists some Gk≥0 such that J1g(k) is generated ... 
Generators for the hyperelliptic Torelli group and the kernel of the Burau representation at t=−1
(2015)We prove that the hyperelliptic Torelli group is generated by Dehn twists about separating curves that are preserved by the hyperelliptic involution. This verifies a conjecture of Hain. The hyperelliptic Torelli group can ... 
Handle Addition for DoublyPeriodic Scherk Surfaces
(2012)We prove the existence of a family of embedded doubly periodic minimal surfaces of (quotient) genus g with orthogonal ends that generalizes the classical doubly periodic surface of Scherk and the genusone Scherk surface ... 
Higherdimensional analogs of Chatelet surfaces
(2012)We discuss the geometry and arithmetic of higherdimensional analogs of Chatelet surfaces; namely, we describe the structure of their Brauer and Picard groups and show that they can violate the Hasse principle. In addition, ...