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Number Theory Seminar

Kloosterman sums and Siegel zeros

James Maynard, Institute for Advanced Study

Location:  425 Hill center
Date & time: Tuesday, 07 November 2017 at 2:00PM - 3:00PM

Abstract: Kloosterman sums arise naturally in the study of the distribution of various arithmetic objects in analytic number theory. The 'vertical' Sato-Tate law of Katz describes their distribution over a fixed field F_p, but the equivalent 'horizontal' distribution as the base field varies over primes remains open. We describe work showing cancellation in the sum over primes if there are exceptional Siegel-Landau zeros. This is joint work with Sary Drappeau, relying on a fun blend of ideas from algebraic geometry, the spectral theory of automorphic forms and sieve theory.

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