Guided by the analogy with certain moments of the Bessel function that appear as Feynman integrals, Broadhurst and Roberts recently studied a family of L-functions built up by assembling symmetric power moments of Kloosterman sums over finite fields. I will prove that these L-functions arise from potentially automorphic motives over the field of rational numbers, and hence admit a meromorphic continuation to the complex plane that satisfies the expected functional equation. If time permits, I will identify the periods of the corresponding motives with the Bessel moments and make a few comments about the special values of the L-functions. This is a joint work with Claude Sabbah and Jeng-Daw Yu.
- Number Theory Seminar