Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
We consider two questions about the Witt groups of schemes: the first is the question of finite generation of the shifted Witt groups of a smooth variety over a finite field; the second is the Gersten conjecture. Regarding the first, we prove that the shifted Witt groups of curves and surfaces are finite, and that finite generation of the motivic cohomology groups with mod 2 coefficients implies finite generation of the Witt groups. Regarding the second, we prove the Gersten conjecture for the Witt groups in the case of a local ring that is essentially smooth over a discrete valuation ring (DVR) having infinite residue field. We deduce from this the case of a local ring that is regular over such a DVR.
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Jacobson, Jeremy Allen, "On the Witt groups of schemes" (2012). LSU Doctoral Dissertations. 566.