Higher-Dimensional Geometry over Finite Fields

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Editors
Kaledin, D., Tschinkel, Y.
Pub. date
June 2008
Pages
356
Binding
hardcover
Volume
16 of NATO Science for Peace and Security Series - D: Information and Communication Security
ISBN print
978-1-58603-855-7
ISBN online
978-1-60750-325-5
Subject
Computer & Communication Sciences, Computer Science, Mathematics
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Number systems based on a finite collection of symbols, such as the 0s and 1s of computer circuitry, are ubiquitous in the modern age. Finite fields are the most important such number systems, playing a vital role in military and civilian communications through coding theory and cryptography. These disciplines have evolved over recent decades, and where once the focus was on algebraic curves over finite fields, recent developments have revealed the increasing importance of higher-dimensional algebraic varieties over finite fields.


The papers included in this publication introduce the reader to recent developments in algebraic geometry over finite fields with particular attention to applications of geometric techniques to the study of rational points on varieties over finite fields of dimension of at least 2.