Past Number Theory Seminar

19 November 2015
16:00
Abstract

The prime number race is the competition between different coprime residue classes mod $q$ to contain the most primes, up to a point $x$ . Rubinstein and Sarnak showed, assuming two $L$-function conjectures, that as $x$ varies the problem is equivalent to a problem about orderings of certain random variables, having weak correlations coming from number theory. In particular, as $q \rightarrow \infty$ the number of primes in any fixed set of $r$ coprime classes will achieve any given ordering for $\sim 1/r!$ values of $x$. In this talk I will try to explain what happens when $r$ is allowed to grow as a function of $q$. It turns out that one still sees uniformity of orderings in many situations, but not always. The proofs involve various probabilistic ideas, and also some harmonic analysis related to the circle method. This is joint work with Youness Lamzouri.

  • Number Theory Seminar
5 November 2015
16:00
Kaisa Matomäki
Abstract

The Möbius function plays a central role in number theory; both the prime number theorem and the Riemann Hypothesis are naturally formulated in terms of the amount of cancellations one gets when summing the Möbius function. In a recent joint work with Maksym Radziwill we have shown that the sum of the Möbius function exhibits cancellation in "almost all intervals" of arbitrarily slowly increasing length. This goes beyond what was previously known conditionally on the Riemann Hypothesis. Our result holds in fact in much greater generality, and has several further applications, some of which I will discuss in the talk. For instance the general result implies that between a fixed number of consecutive squares there is always an integer composed of only "small" prime factors. This settles a conjecture on "smooth" or "friable" numbers and is related to the running time of Lenstra's factoring algorithm.

  • Number Theory Seminar
29 October 2015
17:30
Abstract

In contrast to the Artin-Schreier Theorem, its $p$-adic analog(s) involve infinite Galois theory, e.g., the absolute Galois group of $p$-adic fields.  We plan to give a characterization of $p$-adic $p$-Henselian valuations in an essentially finite way. This relates to the $Z/p$ metabelian form of the birational $p$-adic Grothendieck section conjecture.

  • Number Theory Seminar
29 October 2015
16:00
Olivier Taibi
Abstract

I will explain the formulation and proof of Arthur's multiplicity formula for automorphic representations of special orthogonal groups and certain inner forms of symplectic groups $G$ over a number field $F$. I work under an assumption that substantially simplifies the use of the stabilisation of the trace formula, namely that there exists a non-empty set $S$ of real places of $F$ such that $G$ has discrete series at places in $S$ and is quasi-split at places outside $S$, and restricting to automorphic representations of $G(A_{F})$ which have algebraic regular infinitesimal character at the places in $S$. In particular, this proves the general multiplicity formula for groups $G$ such that $F$ is totally real, $G$ is compact at all real places of $F$ and quasi-split at all finite places of $F$. Crucially, the formulation of Arthur's multiplicity formula is made possible by Kaletha's recent work on local and global Galois
gerbes and their application to the normalisation of Kottwitz-Langlands-Shelstad transfer factors.

  • Number Theory Seminar
22 October 2015
16:00
Steven Galbraith
Abstract

Solving systems of linear equations $Ax=b$ is easy, but how can we solve such a system when given a "noisy" version of $b$? Over the reals one can use the least squares method, but the problem is harder when working over a finite field. Recently this subject has become very important in cryptography, due to the introduction of new cryptosystems with interesting properties.

The talk will survey work in this area. I will discuss connections with coding theory and cryptography. I will also explain how Fourier analysis in finite groups can be used to solve variants of this problem, and will briefly describe some other applications of Fourier analysis in cryptography. The talk will be accessible to a general mathematical audience.

  • Number Theory Seminar
15 October 2015
16:00
Samir Siksek
Abstract

In 1851, Carl Jacobi made the experimental observation that all integers are sums of seven non-negative cubes, with precisely 17 exceptions, the largest of which is 454. Building on previous work by Maillet, Landau, Dickson, Linnik, Watson, Bombieri, Ramaré, Elkies and many others, we complete the proof of Jacobi's observation.

  • Number Theory Seminar
4 June 2015
16:00
Abstract

I describe joint work with Alastair Irving in which we improve a result of
D.H.J. Polymath on the length of intervals in $[N,2N]$ that can be shown to
contain $m$ primes. Here $m$ should be thought of as large but fixed, while $N$
tends to infinity.
The Harman sieve is the key to the improvement. The preprint will be
available on the Math ArXiv before the date of the talk.

  • Number Theory Seminar

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