Samir Siksek  

Samir Siksek

Professor at the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick.

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Postal Address:
Mathematics Institute
University of Warwick
United Kingdom


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Forthcoming Travel


Research Area:

Galois representations, modularity, explicit arithmetic geometry, arithmetic of curves and surfaces, Diophantine equations (and the generalized Fermat equation in particular), Waring's problem.

Survey Articles and Expository Papers:

  1. (with Bennett and Mihailescu) The Generalized Fermat Equation, pages 173-205 of Open Problems in Mathematics, (J. F. Nash, Jr. and M. Th. Rassias eds), Springer, New York, 2016.   pdf
  2. Chabauty and the Mordell-Weil Sieve , pages 194-224 of Advances on Superelliptic Curves and Their Applications, (L. Beshaj, T. Shaska, E. Zhupa eds), IOS Press, 2015.   pdf
  3. The Modular Approach to Diophantine Equations, in Explicit Methods in Number Theory: Rational Points and Diophantine Equations , (Belabas, Lenstra, Gaudry, Stoll, Watkins, McCallum, Poonen, Beukers, Siksek), Panoramas et synthèses 36 (2012). link   pdf

Selected Publications:  (these may differ from final versions)

  1. Quadratic Chabauty for modular curves, on arXiv.
  2. (with Sengun) On the asymptotic Fermat's Last Theorem over numbers fields, Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici (to appear) on arXiv.
  3. (with Papanikolopoulos) A Mordell-Weil theorem for cubic hypersurfaces of high dimension, Algebra & Number Theory (to appear) on arXiv.
  4. Every integer greater than 454 is the sum of at most seven positive cubes, Algebra & Number Theory 10 (2016), no. 10, 2093-2119.   on arXiv, programs.
  5. (with Patel) On powers that are sums of consecutive like powers, Research in Number Theory (2017), 3:2.   on arXiv   open access
  6. (with Anni) Modular elliptic curves over real abelian fields and the generalized Fermat equation \( x^{2\ell}+y^{2m}=z^p \), Algebra & Number Theory, 10-6 (2016), 1147--1172.   on arXiv   programs
  7. (with Bennett) Rational points on Erdos-Selfridge superelliptic curves, Compositio Mathematica 152 (2016), no. 11, 2249--2254.   on arXiv
  8. (with Bennett and Patel) Perfect powers that are sums of consecutive cubes, Mathematika 63 (2016), 230--249.   on arXiv
  9. (with Bennett and Patel) Superelliptic equations arising from sums of consecutive powers, Acta Arithmetica 172 (2016), no. 4, 377-393.   on arXiv
  10. (with Bremner) Squares in arithmetic progression over cubic fields, International Journal of Number Theory 12 (2016), 1409-1414.   on arXiv
  11. (with Anni and Lemos) Residual representations of semistable principally polarized abelian varieties Research in Number Theory (2016) 2:1.   on arXiv   open access
  12. (with Anni) On Serre's uniformity conjecture for semistable elliptic curves over totally real fields,   Mathematische Zeitschrift 281 (2015), 193-199.   on arXiv
  13. (with Freitas and Le Hung) Elliptic Curves over Real Quadratic Fields are Modular,   Inventiones Mathematicae 201 (2015), 159-206.   on arXiv   programs
  14. (with Freitas) The Asymptotic Fermat's Last Theorem for Five-Sixths of Real Quadratic Fields,   Compositio Mathematica 151 (2015), 1395-1415.   on arXiv
  15. (with Freitas) Fermat's Last Theorem for some Small Real Quadratic Fields,   Algebra & Number Theory 9 (2015), 875-895.   on arXiv
  16. (with Freitas) Criteria for irreducibility of mod p representations of Frey curves, Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux 27 (2015), 67-76.   on arXiv
  17. (with Bennett, Dahmen and Mignotte) Shifted powers in binary recurrence sequences, Mathematical Proceedings Cambridge Philosophical Society, 158 (2015), 305-329.   on arXiv.
  18. (with Dahmen) Perfect powers expressible as sums of two fifth or seventh powers, Acta Arith. 164 (2014), 65-100.   on arXiv
  19. (with Stoll) The generalized Fermat equation \(x^2+y^3=z^{15}\), Archiv der Mathematik 102 (2014), issue 5, 411-421.   on arXiv
  20. Explicit Chabauty over number fields, Algebra & Number Theory 7 (2013), issue 4, 765-793.   on arXiv
  21. On the number of Mordell-Weil generators for cubic surfaces, Journal of Number Theory 132 (2012), 2610-2629.   on arXiv
  22. (with Stoll) Partial descent on hyperelliptic curves and the generalized Fermat equation \( x^3+y^4+z^5=0\), Bulletin of the LMS 44 (2012), 151-166.   on arXiv
  23. (with Deajim) On the \(\mathbb{Q}\)-linear independence of the sums \(\sum_{n=1}^\infty \sigma_k(n)/n! \) , Journal of Number Theory 131 (2011), 745-749.
  24. (with Stoll) On a problem of Hajdu and Tengely, pages 316--330 of Algorithmic Number Theory, Proceedings of the 9th International Symposium, Nancy, France, July 19--23, 2010, editors Guillaume Hanrot, François Morain and Emmanuel Thomé, LNCS 6197, Springer-Verlag.   on arXiv
  25. (with Hargreaves) Cycles and fixed points of happy functions. Journal of Combinatorics and Number Theory 2 (2010), no. 3, 13 pages.   pdf
  26. (with Luca) Factorials expressible as sums of at most three Fibonacci numbers, Proceedings of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society 53 (2010), no. 3, 679-729.   pdf
  27. (with Abu Muriefah, Luca and Tengely) On the Diophantine equation \(x^2+C=2y^n\), International Journal of Number Theory 5 (2009), 1117-1128.   pdf
  28. (with Chen) Perfect powers expressible as sums of two cubes, Journal of Algebra 322 (2009), 638-656.   pdf
  29. Chabauty for Symmetric Powers of Curves, Algebra & Number Theory 3 (2009), No. 2, 209-236.   pdf
  30. (with Bugeaud and Reutenauer) A Sturmian sequence related to the uniqueness conjecture for Markoff numbers, Theoretical Computer Science 410 (2009), 2864-2869.
  31. Diophantine equations after Fermat's Last Theorem, Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux 21 (2009), no. 2, 425--436.  pdf
  32. (with Bugeaud, Mignotte, Stoll, Tengely) Integral Points on Hyperelliptic Curves, Algebra & Number Theory 2 (2008), No. 8, 859-885.   on arXiv programs
  33. (with Bugeaud, Luca and Mignotte) Almost powers in the Lucas sequences, Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux 20 (2008), 555--600.   pdf
  34. (with Martin Bright) Functions, Reciprocity and the Obstruction to Divisors on Curves, Journal of the LMS 77 (2008), 789-807.   pdf
  35. (with Bugeaud and Mignotte) A multi-Frey approach to some multi-parameter families of Diophantine equations, Canadian Journal of Mathematics 60 (2008), 491-519.  pdf
  36. (with Bugeaud, Luca and Mignotte) Fibonacci Numbers at most one away from a perfect power, Elemente der Mathematik 63 (2008), no. 2, 65-75.  pdf  dvi
  37. (with Bugeaud, Luca and Mignotte) Perfect powers from products of terms in Lucas sequences, Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik, 611 (2007), 109-129.  dvi  pdf
  38. (with Bugeaud and Mignotte) Classical and modular approaches to exponential Diophantine equations II: The Lebesgue-Nagell equation, Compositio Mathematica 142 (2006), 31-62.  pdf
  39. (with Bugeaud and Mignotte) Classical and modular approaches to exponential Diophantine equations I. Fibonacci and Lucas perfect powers, Annals of Mathematics 163 (2006), 969-1018.  dvi  pdf
  40. (with Cremona and Prickett) Height difference bounds for elliptic curves over number fields, Journal of Number Theory 116 (2006), 42-68.  dvi  pdf
  41. (with Cremona) Computing a Lower Bound for the Canonical Height on Elliptic Curves over Q, in Algorithmic Number Theory, 7th International Symposium, ANTS-VII, pages 275-286, Springer Verlag, LNCS 4076, July 2006  pdf
  42. (with Bugeaud, Luca and Mignotte) On perfect powers in Lucas sequences, International Journal of Number Theory 1 (2005), 309-332.  dvi  pdf
  43. (with Bugeaud, Luca and Mignotte) On Fibonacci numbers with few prime divisors, Proceedings of the Japan Academy 81, Ser. A, No. 2 (2005).  dvi  pdf
  44. On standardized models for elliptic curves, Math. Comp. 74 (2005), 949-951.  dvi
  45. The modular approach to Diophantine equations, notes for lectures given at the Institut Henri Poincaré (October 2004).  pdf
  46. On the Brauer-Manin obstruction for curves with split Jacobian, Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux 16 (2004), 773-777.  dvi  pdf
  47. (with Bugeaud and Mignotte) Sur les nombres de Fibonacci de la forme \( q^k y^p\) , C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris, Ser. I 339 (2004), 327-330.  pdf
  48. (with El-Sedy) On points of non-differentiability of convex functions, Applied Mathematics and Computation 148 (2004), 725-728.
  49. (with Cremona) On the Diophantine equation \( x^2+7=y^m \) , Acta Arithmetica 109.2 (2003), 143-149.  dvi  pdf
  50. (with Skorobogatov) On a Shimura curve that is a counterexample to the Hasse principle, Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society 35 (2003), 143-149.  pdf
  51. On the Diophantine equation \( x^2=y^p+2^k z^p\) Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux 15 (2003), 839-846.  dvi  pdf
  52. (with El-Sedy) On the irrationality of certain rapidly convergent series, International Mathematical Journal 3 (2003), 1193-1195.
  53. Descent of Picard groups using functions on curves, Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society 66 (2002), 119-124.  dvi  pdf
  54. Sieving for rational points on hyperelliptic curves, Mathematics of Computation 70 (2001), 1661-1674.  dvi
  55. (with El-Sedy) On happy numbers, Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics 30 (2000), 565-570.  dvi  pdf
  56. 4-descent, pages 418-422, appendix A to ``Beyond the Manin obstruction'' by A. N. Skorobogatov, Inventiones Mathematicae 135 (1999), 399-424.
  57. The height pairing on an elliptic curve with complex multiplication, Arab Journal of Mathematical Sciences 5 (1999), 43-48.  dvi  pdf
  58. (with N. Smart) A fast Diffie-Hellman protocol in genus 2, Journal of Cryptology 12 (1999), 67-73.
  59. (with N. Smart) On the complexity of computing the 2-Selmer group of an elliptic curve, Glasgow Mathematical Journal 39 (1997), 251-258.
  60. (with J. Merriman and N. Smart) Explicit 4-descents on an elliptic curve, Acta Arithmetica LXXVII.4 (1996), 358-404.  dvi  pdf
  61. Infinite descent on elliptic curves, Rocky Mountain Journal of Mathematics 25 (1995), 1501-1538.  dvi  pdf
  62. Descents on curves of genus 1, PhD thesis, University of Exeter, 1995.   dvi   pdf

Some of my talks:

  1. On the Generalized Fermat Equation \( x^{2\ell}+y^{2m}=z^p\), Schney, June 2015. pdf
  2. Sums of Seven Cubes, Oberwolfach, Simon Fraser University, Oxford, ..., 2015. pdf
  3. Elliptic Curves over Totally Real Fields are Modular, (many versions of this talk given, 2013-2015). pdf
  4. The Fermat Equation over Totally Real Fields, Building Bridges, Bristol, March 2014. pdf
  5. The Fermat Equation over Totally Real Fields (version intended for a broad audience), Maringa, July 2014. pdf
  6. Chabauty over Number Fields Leiden, 20 April 2009. pdf (scan)
  7. Integral Points on Curves of Higher Genus (a more up-to-date version) MAGIC-Muggle Number Theory Seminar, 7 November 2008. pdf (scan)
  8. Integral Points on Curves of Higher Genus Bordeaux, 15 October 2007. pdf (scan)
  9. Chabauty for Symmetric Powers on Curves Banff, 7 February 2007. pdf (scan)
  10. Chabauty for Symmetric Powers on Curves (a version of the above talk aimed at those new to Chabauty) Rome, 13 April 2007. pdf (scan)
  11. Computing a lower bound for the canonical height on elliptic curves, ANTS VII conference, Berlin, 24 July 2006. pdf (scan)
  12. The Lebesgue-Nagell-Ramanujan equation, University of Warwick, 24 August 2005. pdf (scan)
  13. Functions, reciprocity and the obstruction to divisors on curves, Bremen and Oberwolfach, July 2005. pdf (scan)
  14. Beyond Fermat's Last Theorem, University of Warwick, January 2005. pdf (scan)
  15. A multi-exponential diophantine spree, Institute Henri Poincare, Paris, December 2004. pdf (scan)
  16. Giving Baker's Theory a modular helping hand, Dagstuhl, Germany, May 2004. pdf (scan)
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