Algebraic Geometry Seminar
The Brauer Group of the Moduli Stack of Elliptic Curves
Speaker: Benjamin Antieau, University of Illinois at Chicago
Location: Warren Weaver Hall 201
Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 5 p.m.
Mumford proved that the Picard group of the moduli stack of elliptic curves is a finite group of order 12, generated by the Hodge bundle of the universal family of elliptic curves. I will talk about new work in progress with Lennart Meier, motivated by chromatic homotopy theory, which considers the Brauer group of the moduli stack and shows, for example, that it has no p-torsion for p not equal to 3. Non-6-torsion can be handled by general descent spectral sequence methods. To handle the 2-torsion, we compute the Brauer group of the moduli stack of elliptic curves with full level 2 structure,which is a 2-group of order 2, and we find examples of elliptic curves over the 2-adic integers that exhibit non-zero ramification for each class. Little background will be assumed.