EPSRC Reference: 
EP/J005436/1 
Title: 
Common threads in the theories of Local Cohomology, Dmodules and Tight Closure and their interactions 
Principal Investigator: 
Katzman, Dr M 
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Department: 
Mathematics and Statistics 
Organisation: 
University of Sheffield 
Scheme: 
Standard Research 
Starts: 
01 September 2012 
Ends: 
31 August 2015 
Value (£): 
226,468

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Many theorems in Commutative Algebra can be proved by showing that:
(1) if the theorem fails, one can find a counterexample in a ring of prime characteristic p (i.e., a ring which contains the ring of integers modulo a prime number p), and
(2) no such counterexample exists in characteristic p.
Step (2) above is often much easier to prove than in characteristic zero because of the existence of the Frobenius function f(r) which raises r to the pth power. This functon is an endomorphism of the rings, i.e., it has the property that f(r+s)=f(r)+f(s), and surprisingly, gives a good handle on many problems in characteristic p.
During the course of development of the study of commutative rings of prime characteristic, various notions and techniques were introduced, e.g., a certain tightclosure operation of ideals, certain structures on ``large'' objects called local cohomology modules, and differential operators acting on these rings. The objects and their associated techniques have proved to be very successful in tackling algebraic and geometric problems, and the interactions between these concepts turned out to be especially fertile.
I propose to study these interactions further with the aid of a research assistant, and to apply the resulting techniques to the solution of several outstanding problems in my field.

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