On the Birational Section Conjecture over Function Fields
Tyler, Michael Peter
Thesis or dissertation
University of Exeter
Reason for embargo
Results from the thesis will be published in a journal paper.
The birational variant of Grothendieck's section conjecture proposes a characterisation of the rational points of a curve over a finitely generated field over Q in terms of the sections of the absolute Galois group of its function field. While the p-adic version of the birational section conjecture has been proven by Jochen Koenigsmann, and improved upon by Florian Pop, the conjecture in its original form remains very much open. One hopes to deduce the birational section conjecture over number fields from the p-adic version by invoking a local-global principle, but if this is achieved the problem remains to deduce from this that the conjecture holds over all finitely generated fields over Q. This is the problem that we address in this thesis, using an approach which is inspired by a similar result by Mohamed Saïdi concerning the section conjecture for étale fundamental groups. We prove a conditional result which says that, under the condition of finiteness of certain Shafarevich-Tate groups, the birational section conjecture holds over finitely generated fields over Q if it holds over number fields.
PhD in Mathematics