Ralph Greenberg


University of Washington


Tuesday, May 3, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm


RH 340P

There is a classical theorem of Iwasawa which concerns certain modules X for the formal power series ring Λ = Zp[[T]] in one variable.  Here p is a prime and Zp is the ring of p-adic integers.  Iwasawa's theorem asserts that X has no nonzero, finite Λ-submodules. We will begin by describing the modules X which occur in Iwasawa's theorem and explaining  how the theorem is connected with the title of my talk. Then we will describe generalizations of this theorem for  certain Λ-modules (the so-called "Selmer groups")  which arise naturally in Iwasawa theory.  The ring Λ can be a formal power series ring over Zp in any number of variables, or even a non-commutative analogue of such a ring.