1. CMB Online first
 Ilten, Nathan; Teitler, Zach

Product Ranks of the $3\times 3$ Determinant and Permanent
We show that the product rank of the $3 \times 3$ determinant
$\det_3$ is $5$,
and the product rank of the $3 \times 3$ permanent
$\operatorname{perm}_3$
is $4$.
As a corollary, we obtain that the tensor rank of $\det_3$ is
$5$ and the tensor rank of $\operatorname{perm}_3$ is $4$.
We show moreover that the border product rank of $\operatorname{perm}_n$ is
larger than $n$ for any $n\geq 3$.
Keywords:product rank, tensor rank, determinant, permanent, Fano schemes Categories:15A21, 15A69, 14M12, 14N15 

2. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 673)
 Achter, Jeffrey; Williams, Cassandra

Local Heuristics and an Exact Formula for Abelian Surfaces Over Finite Fields
Consider a quartic $q$Weil polynomial $f$. Motivated by equidistribution
considerations, we define, for each prime $\ell$, a local factor
that
measures the relative frequency with which $f\bmod \ell$ occurs
as the
characteristic polynomial of a symplectic similitude over $\mathbb{F}_\ell$.
For a certain
class of polynomials, we show that the resulting infinite product
calculates the number of principally polarized abelian surfaces
over $\mathbb{F}_q$
with Weil polynomial $f$.
Keywords:abelian surfaces, finite fields, random matrices Category:14K02 

3. CMB Online first
 Laterveer, Robert

A brief note concerning hard Lefschetz for Chow groups
We formulate a conjectural hard Lefschetz property
for Chow groups, and prove this in some special cases: roughly
speaking, for varieties with finitedimensional motive, and
for varieties whose selfproduct has vanishing middledimensional
Griffiths group. An appendix includes related statements that
follow from results of Vial.
Keywords:algebraic cycles, Chow groups, finitedimensional motives Categories:14C15, 14C25, 14C30 

4. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 620)
 Sands, Jonathan W.

$L$functions for Quadratic Characters and Annihilation of Motivic Cohomology Groups
Let $n$ be a positive even integer, and let $F$ be a totally real
number field and $L$ be an abelian Galois extension which is totally
real or CM.
Fix a finite set $S$ of primes of $F$ containing the infinite primes
and all those which ramify in
$L$, and let $S_L$ denote the primes of $L$ lying above those in
$S$. Then $\mathcal{O}_L^S$ denotes the ring of $S_L$integers of $L$.
Suppose that $\psi$ is a quadratic character of the Galois group of
$L$ over $F$. Under the assumption of the motivic Lichtenbaum
conjecture, we obtain a nontrivial annihilator of the motivic
cohomology group
$H_\mathcal{M}^2(\mathcal{O}_L^S,\mathbb{Z}(n))$ from the lead term of the Taylor series for the
$S$modified Artin $L$function $L_{L/F}^S(s,\psi)$ at $s=1n$.
Keywords:motivic cohomology, regulator, Artin Lfunctions Categories:11R42, 11R70, 14F42, 19F27 

5. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 519)
 Kang, SuJeong

Refined Motivic Dimension
We define a refined motivic dimension for an algebraic variety
by modifying the definition of motivic dimension by Arapura.
We apply this to check and recheck the generalized Hodge conjecture
for certain varieties, such as uniruled, rationally connected
varieties and a rational surface fibration.
Keywords:motivic dimension, generalized Hodge conjecture Categories:14C30, 14C25 

6. CMB 2015 (vol 58 pp. 250)
 Cartwright, Dustin; Jensen, David; Payne, Sam

Lifting Divisors on a Generic Chain of Loops
Let $C$ be a curve over a complete valued field with infinite
residue field whose skeleton is a chain of loops with generic
edge lengths. We prove that
any divisor on the chain of loops that is rational over the value
group lifts to a divisor of the same rank on $C$, confirming
a conjecture of Cools,
Draisma, Robeva, and the third author.
Keywords:tropical geometry, BrillNoether theory, special divisors on algebraic curves Categories:14T05, 14H51 

7. CMB 2014 (vol 58 pp. 80)
 Harada, Megumi; Horiguchi, Tatsuya; Masuda, Mikiya

The Equivariant Cohomology Rings of Peterson Varieties in All Lie
Types
Let $G$ be a complex semisimple linear algebraic group and let
$Pet$ be the associated Peterson variety in the flag
variety $G/B$.
The main theorem of this note gives an efficient presentation
of the equivariant cohomology ring $H^*_S(Pet)$ of the
Peterson variety as a quotient of a polynomial ring by an ideal
$J$ generated by quadratic polynomials, in the spirit of the
Borel presentation of the cohomology of the flag variety. Here
the group $S \cong \mathbb{C}^*$ is a certain subgroup of a maximal
torus $T$ of $G$.
Our description of the ideal $J$ uses the Cartan matrix and is
uniform across Lie types. In our arguments we use the Monk formula
and Giambelli formula for the equivariant cohomology rings of
Peterson varieties for all Lie types, as obtained in the work
of Drellich. Our result generalizes a previous theorem of FukukawaHaradaMasuda,
which was only for Lie type $A$.
Keywords:equivariant cohomology, Peterson varieties, flag varieties, Monk formula, Giambelli formula Categories:55N91, 14N15 

8. CMB 2014 (vol 58 pp. 356)
 Sebag, Julien

Homological Planes in the Grothendieck Ring of Varieties
In this note, we identify, in the Grothendieck group of complex
varieties $K_0(\mathrm Var_\mathbf{C})$, the classes of $\mathbf{Q}$homological
planes. Precisely, we prove that a connected smooth affine complex
algebraic surface $X$ is a $\mathbf{Q}$homological plane if
and only if $[X]=[\mathbf{A}^2_\mathbf{C}]$ in the ring $K_0(\mathrm Var_\mathbf{C})$
and $\mathrm{Pic}(X)_\mathbf{Q}:=\mathrm{Pic}(X)\otimes_\mathbf{Z}\mathbf{Q}=0$.
Keywords:motivic nearby cycles, motivic Milnor fiber, nearby motives Categories:14E05, 14R10 

9. CMB 2014 (vol 57 pp. 749)
 Cavalieri, Renzo; Marcus, Steffen

Geometric Perspective on Piecewise Polynomiality of Double Hurwitz Numbers
We describe double Hurwitz numbers as intersection numbers on the
moduli space of curves $\overline{\mathcal{M}}_{g,n}$. Using a result on the
polynomiality of intersection numbers of psi classes with the Double
Ramification Cycle, our formula explains the polynomiality in chambers
of double Hurwitz numbers, and the wall crossing phenomenon in terms
of a variation of correction terms to the $\psi$ classes. We
interpret this as suggestive evidence for polynomiality of the Double
Ramification Cycle (which is only known in genera $0$ and $1$).
Keywords:double Hurwitz numbers, wall crossings, moduli spaces, ELSV formula Category:14N35 

10. CMB 2014 (vol 57 pp. 658)
 Thang, Nguyen Tat

Admissibility of Local Systems for some Classes of Line Arrangements
Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a line arrangement in the complex
projective plane $\mathbb{P}^2$ and let $M$ be its complement. A rank one
local system $\mathcal{L}$ on $M$ is admissible if roughly speaking
the cohomology groups
$H^m(M,\mathcal{L})$ can be computed directly from the cohomology
algebra $H^{*}(M,\mathbb{C})$. In this work, we give a sufficient
condition for the admissibility of all rank one local systems on
$M$. As a result, we obtain some properties of the characteristic
variety $\mathcal{V}_1(M)$ and the Resonance variety $\mathcal{R}_1(M)$.
Keywords:admissible local system, line arrangement, characteristic variety, multinet, resonance variety Categories:14F99, 32S22, 52C35, 05A18, 05C40, 14H50 

11. CMB 2013 (vol 57 pp. 562)
 Kaveh, Kiumars; Khovanskii, A. G.

Note on the Grothendieck Group of Subspaces of Rational Functions and Shokurov's Cartier bdivisors
In a previous paper the authors developed an intersection theory for
subspaces of rational functions on an algebraic variety $X$
over $\mathbf{k} = \mathbb{C}$. In this short note, we first extend this intersection
theory to an arbitrary algebraically closed ground field $\mathbf{k}$.
Secondly we give an isomorphism between the group of Cartier
$b$divisors on the birational class of $X$
and the Grothendieck group
of the semigroup of subspaces of rational functions on $X$. The
constructed isomorphism moreover
preserves the intersection numbers. This provides an alternative point
of view on Cartier $b$divisors and their intersection theory.
Keywords:intersection number, Cartier divisor, Cartier bdivisor, Grothendieck group Categories:14C20, 14Exx 

12. CMB 2013 (vol 57 pp. 614)
13. CMB 2013 (vol 57 pp. 439)
 Yang, YanHong

The Fixed Point Locus of the Verschiebung on $\mathcal{M}_X(2, 0)$ for Genus2 Curves $X$ in Charateristic $2$
We prove that for every ordinary genus$2$ curve $X$ over a finite
field $\kappa$ of characteristic $2$ with
$\textrm{Aut}(X/\kappa)=\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z} \times S_3$, there exist
$\textrm{SL}(2,\kappa[\![s]\!])$representations of $\pi_1(X)$ such
that the image of $\pi_1(\overline{X})$ is infinite. This result
produces a family of examples similar to Laszlo's counterexample
to de Jong's question regarding the finiteness of the geometric
monodromy of representations of the fundamental group.
Keywords:vector bundle, Frobenius pullback, representation, etale fundamental group Categories:14H60, 14D05, 14G15 

14. CMB 2012 (vol 57 pp. 97)
 Levy, Jason

Rationality and the JordanGattiViniberghi decomposition
We verify
our earlier conjecture
and use it to prove that the
semisimple parts of the rational JordanKacVinberg decompositions of
a rational vector all lie in a single rational orbit.
Keywords:reductive group, $G$module, Jordan decomposition, orbit closure, rationality Categories:20G15, 14L24 

15. CMB 2012 (vol 57 pp. 303)
16. CMB 2012 (vol 56 pp. 640)
 Türkmen, İnan Utku

Regulator Indecomposable Cycles on a Product of Elliptic Curves
We provide a novel proof of the existence
of regulator indecomposables in the cycle group $CH^2(X,1)$,
where $X$ is a sufficiently general product of two elliptic
curves. In particular, the nature of our proof provides an illustration of
Beilinson rigidity.
Keywords:real regulator, regulator indecomposable, higher Chow group, indecomposable cycle Category:14C25 

17. CMB 2011 (vol 56 pp. 225)
 Agashe, Amod

On the Notion of Visibility of Torsors
Let $J$ be an abelian variety and
$A$ be an abelian subvariety of $J$, both defined over $\mathbf{Q}$.
Let $x$ be an element of $H^1(\mathbf{Q},A)$.
Then there are at least two definitions of $x$ being visible in $J$:
one asks that the torsor corresponding to $x$ be isomorphic over $\mathbf{Q}$
to a subvariety of $J$, and the other asks that $x$ be in the kernel
of the natural map $H^1(\mathbf{Q},A) \to H^1(\mathbf{Q},J)$. In this article, we
clarify the relation between the two definitions.
Keywords:torsors, principal homogeneous spaces, visibility, ShafarevichTate group Categories:11G35, 14G25 

18. CMB 2011 (vol 56 pp. 500)
 Browning, T. D.

The LangWeil Estimate for Cubic Hypersurfaces
An improved estimate is provided for the number of $\mathbb{F}_q$rational points
on a geometrically irreducible, projective, cubic hypersurface that is
not equal to a cone.
Keywords:cubic hypersurface, rational points, finite fields Categories:11G25, 14G15 

19. CMB 2011 (vol 55 pp. 842)
20. CMB 2011 (vol 55 pp. 752)
21. CMB 2011 (vol 55 pp. 850)
 Shparlinski, Igor E.; Stange, Katherine E.

Character Sums with Division Polynomials
We obtain nontrivial estimates of quadratic character sums of division polynomials $\Psi_n(P)$, $n=1,2, \dots$, evaluated at a given point $P$ on an elliptic curve over a finite field of $q$ elements. Our bounds are nontrivial if the order of $P$ is at least $q^{1/2 + \varepsilon}$ for some fixed $\varepsilon > 0$. This work is motivated by an open question about statistical indistinguishability of some cryptographically relevant sequences that was recently brought up by K. Lauter and the second author.
Keywords:division polynomial, character sum Categories:11L40, 14H52 

22. CMB 2011 (vol 55 pp. 799)
 Novelli, Carla; Occhetta, Gianluca

Manifolds Covered by Lines and Extremal Rays
Let $X$ be a smooth complex projective variety, and let $H \in
\operatorname{Pic}(X)$
be an ample line bundle. Assume that $X$ is covered by rational
curves with degree one with respect to $H$ and with anticanonical
degree greater than or equal to $(\dim X 1)/2$. We prove that there
is a covering family of such curves whose numerical class spans an
extremal ray in the cone of curves $\operatorname{NE}(X)$.
Keywords:rational curves, extremal rays Categories:14J40, 14E30, 14C99 

23. CMB 2011 (vol 55 pp. 319)
 Jardine, J. F.

The Verdier Hypercovering Theorem
This note gives a simple cocycletheoretic proof of the Verdier
hypercovering theorem. This theorem approximates morphisms $[X,Y]$ in the
homotopy category of simplicial sheaves or presheaves by simplicial
homotopy classes of maps, in the case where $Y$ is locally fibrant. The
statement proved in this paper is a generalization of the standard
Verdier hypercovering result in that it is pointed (in a very broad
sense) and there is no requirement for the source object $X$ to be
locally fibrant.
Keywords:simplicial presheaf, hypercover, cocycle Categories:14F35, 18G30, 55U35 

24. CMB 2011 (vol 55 pp. 26)
 Bertin, Marie José

A Mahler Measure of a $K3$ Surface Expressed as a Dirichlet $L$Series
We present another example of a $3$variable polynomial defining a $K3$hypersurface
and having a logarithmic Mahler measure expressed in terms of a Dirichlet
$L$series.
Keywords:modular Mahler measure, EisensteinKronecker series, $L$series of $K3$surfaces, $l$adic representations, LivnÃ© criterion, RankinCohen brackets Categories:11, 14D, 14J 

25. CMB 2011 (vol 54 pp. 430)
 DeLand, Matthew

Complete Families of Linearly Nondegenerate Rational Curves
We prove that every complete family of linearly nondegenerate
rational curves of degree $e > 2$ in $\mathbb{P}^{n}$ has at most $n1$
moduli. For $e = 2$ we prove that such a family has at most $n$
moduli. The general method involves exhibiting a map from the base of
a family $X$ to the Grassmannian of $e$planes in $\mathbb{P}^{n}$ and
analyzing the resulting map on cohomology.
Categories:14N05, 14H10 
