Math 845 - Spring 2017
303 Van Vleck Hall.
Office Hours: In 3619 EH, 1:30-3 Mon; in 303 VV, 1:30-2:30 Th and 3-3:30 F; or by appointment.
There is no perfect text for class field theory. The best resources for teaching it are, I think,
and Neukirch's book ``Algebraic Number Theory". I was planning on combining these, but then realized
that Kedlaya's notes do this already.
I will therefore be mostly following his notes - check them out!
I learned Class Field Theory from the masterful articles of Serre and Tate in the Brighton volume. If you
want to get to the heart of matters fast, it's hard to beat these. See the scan below.
Class field theory is the description of extensions of a number field (or local field) K in terms of the arithmetic of K.
For extensions with abelian Galois group, the theory was the focal point of algebraic number theory from about 1850 to 1930. The nonabelian
case has many conjectures and increasingly many proofs (in fact the last decade or so has seen exciting advances).
In this course abelian class field theory will be completely covered, requiring the introduction
of many of the tools in the armory of the modern number theorist, such as Galois cohomology, L-series, etc. Applications of historical
and modern importance will be presented en route together with several concrete examples. Check out the course notes to learn more.
There is a lovely article by Barry
Mazur on constructing abelian extensions of number fields that continues from around about where this course will end.
- Main Lecture: MWF, 9:55-10:45, B235 VV.
Some Lists of Unsolved Problems
General Information (e.g. Conferences)
Books on Class Field Theory
History of Class Field Theory