Prof. Dr. Yichao Tian

Former Bonn Junior Fellow
Current position: Professor, University of Strasbourg

E-mail: tian(at)
Institute: Mathematical Institute
Research Area: Research Area A1

Academic Career

2005 - 2008

PhD in Mathematics, Paris 13 University, France

2008 - 2011

Veblen Research Instructor, Princeton University and Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, USA

2011 - 2015

Professor, Morningside Center of Mathematics, Chinese Academy of Science, Beijing, China

Since 2015

Bonn Junior Fellow, University of Bonn

Research Profile

I am working on arithmetic algebraic geometry, and especially interested in the p-adic or characteristic p aspects of Shimura varieties and their applications to arithmetic problems. In Langlands program, Shimura varieties are usually used as a bridge between automorphic forms and Galois representations, and their p-adic geometry can provide interesting information on the congruence of modular forms.

In an earlier joint work with Liang Xiao, we obtained an explicit description of the global geometry of Goren-Oort stratification of some quaternionic Shimura varieties (including Hilbert modular varieties), namely each Goren-Oort stratum is a bundle of products of projective lines over another quaternionic Shimurva varieties. Using this description, we gave an explicit optimal slope-weight bound for the classicality of overconvergent Hilbert modular forms. Another application is about the Tate conjecture on the special fiber of Hilbert modular varieties at an inert prime. Using iterations of Goren-Oort divisors, we gave an explicit construction of generic Tate cycles on Hilbert modular varieties at an inert prime. Later on, we found that such a phenomena always appears in the setup of some unitary Shimura varieties.

In a recent joint work with Yifeng Liu, we obtain an explicit description of the supersingular locus of Hilbert modular varieties at an inert prime. As an arithmetic application, we proved a generalization of Ribet’s classical theorem on the level raising of modular forms to the Hilbert case. Such a result is then used to give an upper bound of the triple product Bloch-Kato Selmer group attached to an elliptic curve over a totally real cubic field, under the assumption that certain diagonal cycles are cohomologically non-trivial. This can be viewed as an triple product analogue of Kolyvagin’s work on Shafarevich-Tate groups of elliptic curves under the non-torsion assumption of Heegner points. In the future, we are trying to generalize this approach to the case of unitary Shimura varieties, and we hope that this can give new evidence for Bloch-Kato conjecture in this case.

Selected Publications

[1] Yichao Tian
Canonical subgroups of Barsotti-Tate groups
Ann. of Math. (2) , 172: (2): 955--988
DOI: 10.4007/annals.2010.172.955
[2] Yichao Tian
p-adic monodromy of the universal deformation of a HW-cyclic Barsotti-Tate group
Doc. Math. , 14: : 397--440
[3] Yichao Tian
Classicality of overconvergent Hilbert eigenforms: case of quadratic residue degrees
Rend. Semin. Mat. Univ. Padova , 132: : 133--229
DOI: 10.4171/RSMUP/132-10
[4] Payman L. Kassaei, Shu Sasaki, Yichao Tian
Modularity lifting results in parallel weight one and applications to the Artin conjecture: the tamely ramified case
Forum Math. Sigma , 2: : e18, 58
DOI: 10.1017/fms.2014.12
[5] Yichao Tian, Liang Xiao
On Goren-Oort stratification for quaternionic Shimura varieties
Compos. Math. , 152: (10): 2134--2220
DOI: 10.1112/S0010437X16007326
[6] Yichao Tian, Liang Xiao
p-adic cohomology and classicality of overconvergent Hilbert modular forms
Astérisque (382): 73--162
ISBN: 978-2-85629-843-5
[7] Yichao Tian, Liang Xiao
Tate cycles on some quaternionic Shimura varieties mod p
arXiv preprint arXiv:1410.2321

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