Uniform bounds in prime characteristic rings and their applications

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 4:00pm
111 MSB
Thomas Polstra (Advisor: Prof. Ian Aberbach)

Abstract: This dissertation establishes uniform bounds in rings of prime characteristic p which are either F-finite or essentially of finite type over an excellent local ring. The uniform bounds established are used to show that the Hilbert-Kunz length functions and the normalized Frobenius splitting numbers defined on the spectrum of a ring converge uniformly to their limits, namely the Hilbert-Kunz multiplicity function and the F-signature functions. From this we establish the F-signature functions is lower semi-continuous. Lower semi-continuity of the F-signature of a pair is also established. We also give a new proof of the upper semi-continuity of Hilbert-Kunz multiplicity, a result originally proven by Ilya Smirnov.