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Thu, 23 May 2024

Square roots for symplectic L-functions and Reidemeister torsion

Amina Abdurrahman

We give a purely topological formula for the square class of the central value of the L-function of a symplectic representation on a curve. We also formulate a topological analogue of the statement, in which the central value of the L-function is replaced by Reidemeister torsion of 3-manifolds. This is related to the theory of epsilon factors in number theory and Meyer’s signature formula in topology among other topics. We will present some of these ideas and sketch aspects of the proof. This is joint work with Akshay Venkatesh.

Thu, 30 May 2024
Lecture Theatre 5, Mathematical Institute

Large values of Dirichlet polynomials, and primes in short intervals

James Maynard
(University of Oxford)

One can get fairly good estimates for primes in short
intervals under the assumption of the Riemann Hypothesis. Weaker
estimates can be shown unconditionally by using a 'zero density
estimate' in place of the Riemann Hypothesis. These zero density
estimates are typically proven by bounding how often a Dirichlet
polynomial can take large values, but have been limited by our
understanding of the number of zeros with real part 3/4. We introduce a
new method to prove large value estimates for Dirichlet polynomials,
which improves on previous estimates near the 3/4 line.

This is joint work (still in progress) with Larry Guth.