Mathematical Research Letters

Volume 16 (2009)

Number 4

First coniveau notch of the Dwork family and its mirror

Pages: 563 – 575



Andre Chatzistamatiou (Universität Duisburg-Essen)


If $X_{\lambda}$ is a smooth member of the Dwork family over a perfect field $k$, and $Y_{\lambda}$ is its mirror variety, then the motives of $X_{\lambda}$ and $Y_{\lambda}$ are equal up to effective motives that are in coniveau $\geq 1$. If $k$ is a finite field, this provides a motivic explanation for Wan’s congruence between the zeta functions of $X_{\lambda}$ and $Y_{\lambda}$.

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