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The dimension growth conjecture, polynomial in the degree and without logarithmic factors

Wouter Castryck, Raf Cluckers, Philip Dittmann and Kien Huu Nguyen

Vol. 14 (2020), No. 8, 2261–2294
DOI: 10.2140/ant.2020.14.2261

We study Heath-Brown’s and Serre’s dimension growth conjecture (proved by Salberger) when the degree d grows. Recall that Salberger’s dimension growth results give bounds of the form OX,𝜀(Bdim X+𝜀) for the number of rational points of height at most B on any integral subvariety X of n of degree d 2, where one can write Od,n,𝜀 instead of OX,𝜀 as soon as d 4. We give the following simplified and strengthened forms of these results: we remove the factor B𝜀 as soon as d 5, we obtain polynomial dependence on d of the implied constant, and we give a simplified, self-contained approach for d 16. Along the way, we improve the well-known bounds due to Bombieri and Pila on the number of integral points of bounded height on affine curves and those by Walsh on the number of rational points of bounded height on projective curves. This leads to a slight sharpening of a recent estimate due to Bhargava, Shankar, Taniguchi, Thorne, Tsimerman and Zhao on the size of the 2-torsion subgroup of the class group of a degree d number field. Our treatment builds on recent work by Salberger, who brings in many primes in Heath-Brown’s variant of the determinant method, and on recent work by Walsh and by Ellenberg and Venkatesh who bring in the size of the defining polynomial. We also obtain lower bounds showing that one cannot do better than polynomial dependence on d.

dimension growth conjecture, rational points of bounded height
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 11D45
Secondary: 11G35, 14G05
Received: 4 February 2020
Accepted: 23 April 2020
Published: 18 September 2020
Wouter Castryck
KU Leuven
Leuven, Belgium
Ghent University
Department of Mathematics: Algebra and Geometry
Ghent, Belgium
Raf Cluckers
University of Lille
CNRS, UMR 8524 – Laboratoire Painlevé
KU Leuven
Department of Mathematics
Leuven, Belgium
Philip Dittmann
Technische Universität Dresden
Institut für Algebra
Dresden, Germany
Kien Huu Nguyen
KU Leuven
Department of Mathematics
Thang Long Institute of Mathematics and Applied Sciences