Ma 191 b Section 6: Motives and Periods

Winter 2014, Instructor: Matilde Marcolli

NOTE THE SCHEDULE CHANGE: starting January 13, the class will meet on MW 2:00-3:30 in Sloan 151.

Brief Course Description

This class will give an introduction to motives and periods of algebraic varieties. Topics covered will include Grothendieck's theory of pure motives, motivic Galois groups, periods of algebraic varieties, the Grothendieck ring of varieties, motivic zeta functions, an introduction to mixed motives, mixed Tate motives, noncommutative motives.


Additional references and reading material will be added as the class progresses.

Additional reading material

Papers related to the material covered in class will be added here as the class progresses.

Some suggested reading material for presentations


Student Presentations

Grades will be assigned based on participation in class and a presentation on assigned reading material. The schedule of the oral presentations will be listed here.