Hasse principle for Kummer varieties

Joint IAS/Princeton University Number Theory Seminar
Topic:Hasse principle for Kummer varieties
Speaker:Alexei Skorobogatov
Affiliation:Imperial College London; Member, School of Mathematics
Date:Thursday, November 12
Time/Room:4:30pm - 5:30pm/Fine 214, Princeton University

The existence of rational points on the Kummer variety associated to a 2-covering of an abelian variety $A$ over a number field can sometimes be established through the variation of the 2-Selmer group of quadratic twists of $A$. In the case when the Galois action on $A[2]$ has a large image we prove, under mild additional hypotheses, the Hasse principle for associated Kummer varieties, assuming the finiteness of relevant Shafarevich-Tate groups. This provides further evidence for the conjecture that the Brauer-Manin obstruction controls rational points on K3 surfaces. (Joint work with Yonatan Harpaz.)