Wed, 09/18/2019 - 2:30pm Boyd Room 302 Title of talk: "Derived Categories, Arithmetic, and Rationality Questions" Abstract: When trying to apply the machinery of derived categories in an arithmetic setting, a natural question is the following: for a smooth projective variety X, to what extent can D(X) be used as an invariant to answer rationality questions? In particular, what properties of D(X) are implied by X being rational, stably rational, or having a rational point? On the other hand, is there a property of D(X) that implies that X is rational, stably rational, or has a rational point? In this talk, we will examine a family of arithmetic toric varieties for which a member is rational if and only if its bounded derived category of coherent sheaves admits a full etale exceptional collection. Additionally, we will discuss the behavior of the derived category under twisting by a torsor, which is joint work with Matthew Ballard, Alexander Duncan, and Patrick McFaddin.