On $p$-torsion in class groups of number fields

 Joint IAS/Princeton University Number Theory Seminar Topic: On $p$-torsion in class groups of number fields Speaker: Lillian Pierce Affiliation: Duke University Date: Thursday, May 19 Time/Room: 4:30pm - 5:30pm/Fine 214, Princeton University

Gauss famously investigated class numbers of quadratic fields, in particular characterizing the 2-divisibility of the class number for such fields. In general, it is expected that for a number field of any degree, and any rational prime $p$, the $p$-torsion part of the class group should be arbitrarily small, in a suitable sense, relative to the absolute discriminant of the field. This talk will present recent progress for both quadratic and higher degree number fields.