Number Theory

Equidistribution of some families of short exponential sums

Speaker: 
Théo Untrau
Date: 
Thu, Jan 18, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
UBC Number Theory Seminar
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Exponential sums play a role in many different problems in number theory. For instance, Gauss sums are at the heart of some early proofs of the quadratic reciprocity law, while Kloosterman sums are involved in the study of modular and automorphic forms. Another example of application of exponential sums is the circle method, an analytic approach to problems involving the enumeration of integer solutions to certain equations. In many cases, obtaining upper bounds on the modulus of these sums allow us to draw conclusions, but once the modulus has been bounded, it is natural to ask the question of the distribution of exponential sums in the region of the complex plane in which they live. After a brief overview of the motivations mentioned above, I will present some results obtained with Emmanuel Kowalski on the equidistribution of exponential sums indexed by the roots modulo p of a polynomial with integer coefficients.

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Explicit bounds for $\zeta$ and a new zero free region

Speaker: 
Chiara Bellotti
Date: 
Tue, Jan 16, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of Lethbridge
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Conference: 
Analytic Aspects of L-functions and Applications to Number Theory
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In this talk, we prove that |ζ(σ+it)|≤ 70.7 |t|4.438(1-σ)^{3/2} log2/3|t| for 1/2≤ σ ≤ 1 and |t| ≥ 3, combining new explicit bounds for the Vinogradov integral with exponential sum estimates. As a consequence, we improve the explicit zero-free region for ζ(s), showing that ζ(σ+it) has no zeros in the region σ ≥ 1-1/(53.989 (log|t|)2/3(log log|t|)1/3) for |t| ≥ 3.

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Examples of well-behaved Beurling number systems

Speaker: 
Frederik Broucke
Date: 
Thu, Dec 7, 2023
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
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Conference: 
UBC Number Theory Seminar
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A Beurling number system consists a non-decreasing unbounded sequence of reals larger than 1, which are called generalized primes, and the sequence of all possible products of these generalized primes, which are called generalized integers. With both sequences one associates counting functions. Of particular interest is the case when both counting functions are close to their classical counter parts: namely when the prime-counting function is close to Li(x), and when the integer-counting function is close to ax for some positive constant a.

A Beurling number systems is well-behaved if it admits a power saving in the error terms for both these counting functions. In this talk, I will discuss some general theory of these well-behaved systems, and present some recent work about examples of such well-behaved number systems. This talk is based on joint work with Gregory Debruyne and Szilárd Révész.

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Local to global principle for higher moments of the natural density

Speaker: 
Severin Schraven
Date: 
Thu, Nov 30, 2023
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
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Conference: 
UBC Number Theory Seminar
Abstract: 

In this talk I will explain how to obtain a local to global principle for expected values over free ℤ-modules of finite rank. We use the same philosophy as Ekedhal’s Sieve for densities, later extended and improved by Poonen and Stoll in their local to global principle for densities. This strategy can also be extended to higher moments and to holomorphy rings of any global function field.

These results were obtained in collaboration with A. Hsiao, J. Ma, G. Micheli, S. Tinani, V. Weger, Y.Q. Wen.

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The size function for imaginary cyclic sextic fields

Speaker: 
Ha Tran
Date: 
Tue, Nov 28, 2023
Location: 
PIMS, University of Lethbridge
Conference: 
Lethbridge Number Theory and Combinatorics Seminar
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The size function $h^0$ for a number field is analogous to the dimension of the Riemann-Roch spaces of divisors on an algebraic curve. Van der Geer and Schoof conjectured that $h^0$ attains its maximum at the trivial class of Arakelov divisors if that field is Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$ or over an imaginary quadratic field. This conjecture was proved for all number fields with the unit group of rank $0$ and $1$, and also for cyclic cubic fields which have unit group of rank two. In this talk, we will discuss the main idea to prove that the conjecture also holds for totally imaginary cyclic sextic fields, another class of number fields with unit group of rank two. This is joint work with Peng Tian and Amy Feaver.

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The eighth moment of $\Gamma_1(q)$ L-functions

Speaker: 
Vorrapan Chandee
Date: 
Mon, Nov 6, 2023
Location: 
PIMS, University of Lethbridge
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Conference: 
Analytic Aspects of L-functions and Applications to Number Theory
Abstract: 

In this talk, I will discuss my on-going joint work with Xiannan Li on an unconditional asymptotic formula for the eighth moment of $\Gamma_1(q)$ L-functions, which are associated with eigenforms for the congruence subgroups $\Gamma_1(q)$. Similar to a large family of Dirichlet L-functions, the family of $\Gamma_1(q)$ L-functions has a size around $q^2$ while the conductor is of size $q$. An asymptotic large sieve of the family is available by the work of Iwaniec and Xiaoqing Li, and they observed that this family of harmonics is not perfectly orthogonal. This introduces certain subtleties in our work.

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Twisted moments of characteristic polynomials of random matrices

Speaker: 
Siegfred Baluyot
Date: 
Mon, Nov 27, 2023
Location: 
PIMS, University of Lethbridge
Conference: 
Analytic Aspects of L-functions and Applications to Number Theory
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In the late 90's, Keating and Snaith used random matrix theory to predict the exact leading terms of conjectural asymptotic formulas for all integral moments of the Riemann zeta-function. Prior to their work, no number-theoretic argument or heuristic has led to such exact predictions for all integral moments. In 2015, Conrey and Keating revisited the approach of using divisor sum heuristics to predict asymptotic formulas for moments of zeta. Essentially, their method estimates moments of zeta using lower twisted moments. In this talk, I will discuss a rigorous random matrix theory analogue of the Conrey-Keating heuristic. This is ongoing joint work with Brian Conrey.

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A survey of Büthe's method for estimating prime counting functions

Speaker: 
Sreerupa Bhattacharjee
Date: 
Tue, Nov 21, 2023
Location: 
PIMS, University of Lethbridge
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Zoom
Conference: 
Lethbridge Number Theory and Combinatorics Seminar
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This talk will begin with a study on explicit bounds for $\psi(x)$ starting with the work of Rosser in 1941. It will also cover various improvements over the years including the works of Rosser and Schoenfeld, Dusart, Faber-Kadiri, Platt-Trudgian, Büthe, and Fiori-Kadiri-Swidinsky. In the second part of this talk, I will provide an overview of my master's thesis which is a survey on 'Estimating $\pi(x)$ and Related Functions under Partial RH Assumptions' by Jan Büthe. This article provides the best known bounds for $\psi(x)$ for small values of $x$ in the interval $[e^{50},e^{3000}]$. A distinctive feature of this paper is the use of Logan's function and its Fourier Transform. I will be presenting the main theorem in Büthe's paper regarding estimates for $\psi(x)$ with other necessary results required to understand the proof.

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Some Pólya Fields of Small Degrees

Speaker: 
Abbas Maarefparvar
Date: 
Tue, Nov 7, 2023
Location: 
PIMS, University of Lethbridge
Online
Conference: 
Lethbridge Number Theory and Combinatorics Seminar
Abstract: 

Historically, the notion of Pólya fields dates back to some works of George Pólya and Alexander Ostrowski, in 1919, on entire functions with integer values at integers; a number field $K$ with ring of integers $\mathcal{O}_K$ is called a Pólya field whenever the $\mathcal{O}_K$-module $\{f \in K[X] \, : \, f(\mathcal{O}_K) \subseteq \mathcal{O}_K \}$ admits an $\mathcal{O}_K$-basis with exactly one member from each degree. Pólya fields can be thought of as a generalization of number fields with class number one, and their classification of a specific degree has become recently an active research subject in algebraic number theory. In this talk, I will present some criteria for $K$ to be a Pólya field. Then I will give some results concerning Pólya fields of degrees $2$, $3$, and $6$.

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Characteristic polynomials, the Hybrid model, and the Ratios Conjecture

Speaker: 
Andrew Pearce-Crump
Date: 
Mon, Nov 20, 2023
Location: 
PIMS, University of Lethbridge
Conference: 
Analytic Aspects of L-functions and Applications to Number Theory
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In the 1960s Shanks conjectured that the $\zeta\'(\rho)$, where $\rho$ is a non-trivial zero of zeta, is both real and positive in the mean. Conjecturing and proving this result has a rich history, but efforts to generalise it to higher moments have so far failed. Building on the work of Keating and Snaith using characteristic polynomials from Random Matrix Theory, the Hybrid model of Gonek, Hughes and Keating, and the Ratios Conjecture of Conrey, Farmer, and Zirnbauer, we have been able to produce new conjectures for the full asymptotics of higher moments of the derivatives of zeta. This is joint work with Chris Hughes.

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