Scheduled Talks
 10/02/2017  Roman Holowinsky (OSU)  TBA
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 10/09/2017  Shenhui Liu (University of Toronto)  Central Lvalues of Maass wave forms
(abstract)
In this talk, I will focus on central Lvalues of Maass wave forms and
present a positiveproportional nonvanishing result of such values in the
aspect of large spectral parameter in short intervals, which is
qualitatively optimal in view of Weyl's law. The result is obtained by
studying mollified moments with the Kuznetsov trace formula (for the first
moment) and a formula of Motohashi (for the second moment). As an
application of this result and a formula of KatokSarnak, I will give a
nonvanishing result of the first Fourier coefficients of Maass forms of
weight 1/2 and level 4 in the Kohnen plus space.
 10/16/2017  Yongxiao Lin (OSU)  TBA
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TBA
 03/19/2018  Andrew Obus (UVA)  TBA
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TBA
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20162017
 06/01/2017 (Thursday 12.40pm in MW154)  Paul Nelson (ETH Zurich)  Subconvex equidistribution of cusp forms
(abstract)
Arithmetic quantum chaos concerns the limiting behavior of a sequence of automorphic forms on spaces such as the modular surface. It is now known in many cases (by work of Lindenstrauss, Holowinsky, Soundararajan and others) that the mass distributions of such forms equidistribute as the parameters tend off to infinity. Unfortunately, the known rates of equidistribution are typically weak (ineffective or logarithmic in the parameters). I will discuss the problem of obtaining strong rates (power savings) and the related subconvexity problem, emphasizing recent progress on the level aspect.
 04/24/2017 
Baiying Liu (Purdue)  On the local converse theorem for GL$_n$
(abstract)
In this talk, I will introduce a complete proof of a standard conjecture on the
local converse theorem for generic representations of $GL_n(F)$, where $F$ is a
nonarchimedean local field. This is a joint work with Prof. Herve Jacquet (see
arXiv:1601.03656). I will also briefly talk about
extensions of local converse theorem to the setting of ladic families and
modular l representations, which is a joint work with Gilbert Moss.
 04/17/2017 
Bao V. Le Hung (U Chicago)  Congruences between automorphic forms
(abstract)
The theory of congruences between automorphic forms traces back to Ramanujan, who observed various congruence properties between coefficients of generating functions related to the partition function. Since then, the subject has evolved to become a central piece of contemporary number theory; lying at the heart of spectacular achievements such as the proof of Fermat's Last Theorem and the SatoTate conjecture. In my talk I will explain how the modern theory gives satisfactory explanations of some concrete congruence phenomena for modular forms (the GL_2 case), as well as recent progress concerning automorphic forms for higher rank groups. This is joint work with D. Le, B. Levin and S. Morra.
 04/03/2017 
Liyang Zhang (Yale University)  Quantum Unique Ergodicity of Degenerate Eisenstein Series on GL(n)
(abstract)
In the area of quantum chaos, it is of great interest to investigate the distribution of the $L^2$mass of the eigenfunctions of the Laplacian as the eigenvalues tend to infinity. Luo and Sarnak first formulated and proved quantum unique ergodicity of Eisenstein series on SL$(2, \mathbb{Z})$\$\mathcal{H}$. In this talk, we extend the result of Luo and Sarnak and prove quantum unique ergodicity for a subspace of the continuous spectrum spanned by the degenerate Eisenstein Series on GL(n).
 03/06/2017 
Kęstutis Česnavičius (UC Berkeley)  The Manin constant in
the semistable case
(abstract)
For an optimal modular parametrization $J_0(n) \twoheadrightarrow E$ of an elliptic curve $E$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ of conductor $n$, Manin conjectured the agreement of two natural $\mathbb{Z}$lattices in the $\mathbb{Q}$vector space $H^0(E, \Omega^1)$. Multiple authors generalized his conjecture to higher dimensional newform quotients. We will discuss the semistable cases of the Manin conjecture and of its generalizations using a technique that establishes general relations between the integral $p$adic etale and de Rham cohomologies of abelian varieties over $p$adic fields.
 02/27/2017  Jay Jorgenson (CCNY) 
Modular Dedekind symbols associated to Fuchsian groups and higherorder Eisenstein series
(abstract)
Higherorder Eisenstein series are defined as convergent series which involve periods of
a weight two holomorphic form. Associated to each such series, we study its corresponding Dedekind
symbol. In certain cases when the underlying group is arithmetic, we prove that the Dedekind symbols
are rational numbers. In all cases, we prove various relations including a reciprocity law. The work
is joint with Cormac O'Sullivan and Lejla Smajlovic.
 02/20/2017  Chen Wan (UMN) 
Multiplicity one theorem for the GinzburgRallis model
(abstract)
Following the method developed by Waldspurger and BeuzartPlessis in their proof of the local GanGrossPrasad conjecture, we were able to prove the multiplicity one theorem on Vogan Lpacket for the GinzburgRallis model. In some cases, we also proved the epsilon dichotomy conjecture which gives a relation between the multiplicity and the value of the exterior cube epsilon factor.
 02/13/2017  Ralf Schmidt (Univ. of Oklahoma)  The paramodular conjecture and the representation theory of GSp(4)
(abstract)
In 2014 Brumer and Kramer formulated the "Paramodular Conjecture", which is a degree 2 version of ShimuraTaniyamaWeil. One version of the conjecture states that the Lfunction of an abelian surface defined over $\mathbb{Q}$ with conductor $N$ is also the Lfunction of a Siegel modular form of degree 2 with respect to the paramodular group of level $N$. In this talk we will explain, using the local representation theory of the group GSp(4), why it is natural to expect paramodular forms to appear in this conjecture.
 01/30/2017 
Brad Rodgers (Univ. Michigan)  Sums in short intervals and decompositions of arithmetic functions
(abstract)
In this talk we will discuss some old and new conjectures about the behavior of sums of arithmetic functions in short intervals, along with analogues of these conjectures in a function field setting that have been proved in recent years. We will pay particular attention to some surprising phenomena that comes into play, and a decomposition of arithmetic functions in a function field setting that helps elucidate what's happening.
 01/23/2017  Eric Katz (OSU)  Tropical geometry and torsion point bounds
(abstract)
We discuss how tropical geometry techniques can be used to bound the number of torsion points on algebraic curves. We describe our recent progress towards a uniform bound in terms of the first prime of compact type reduction or the first prime of really awful reduction. This is joint work with Taylor Dupuy, Joseph Rabinoff, and David ZureickBrown.
 10/10/2016  Shenhui Liu (OSU)  Central Lderivative values of automorphic forms
(abstract)
In this talk I will present results on average behaviors and nonvanishing of the central $L$derivative values of $L(s,f)$ and $L(s,f_{K_D})$ for $f$ in an orthogonal Hecke eigenbasis $H_{2k}$ of weight $2k$ cusp forms of level 1 for large odd $k$. Here $f_{K_D}$ is the base change of $f$ to an imaginary quadratic field $K_D=\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{D})$ with fundamental discriminant $D$. I will also give applications of such results to Heegner cycles of high weights of the modular curve $X_0(1)$.
 09/26/2016  Joseph Vandehey (OSU)  When multiplying by $2$ is a hard thing to do
(abstract)
Continued fractions react in surprisingly complex fashion to simple operations like multiplying by $2$ or adding $1/3$. While we have algorithms that allow us to handle such things computationally, it's not clear how these operations affect continued fractions from a theoretical framework. We will show that the property of normality is preserved under these operations, extending a famous result of Wall. There will be substantial overlap with ergodic theory.
20152016
 04/25/2016  Riad Masri (Texas A&M)  Singular moduli and the distribution of partition ranks
(abstract)
In this talk I will discuss some problems concerning
the distribution of partition ranks among residue classes and explain
how they can be resolved in certain cases using methods from the spectral
theory of automorphic forms.
 04/18/2016  Jonathan Bober (Bristol)  Computing modular forms
(abstract)
I'll describe how to use the trace formula to compute spaces of classical modular forms (in weights >= 2) and how to get information about weight 1 spaces, and some computations I've done recently and have planned. This includes, for example, dimensions of spaces of weight 1 forms for all levels < 2000 and all characters, and practical numerical computation of Fourier expansions of newforms with general character.
 04/14/2016 (Thursday 4.30pm in MW154)  Hongze Li (Shanghai Jiao Tong University)  Small gaps between the PiatetskiShapiro primes
(abstract)
There are many progress in the small gaps between primes in recent years, especially,
Yitang Zhang proved that there are infinitely many couples of primes with the difference no more than 70000000,
J.Maynard proved that the 70000000 can be repleced by 600. The best result is 246 due to polymath.
In this talk, I shall discuss the small gaps between the PiatetskiShapiro primes which is a special kind of primes and forms a thin set of primes,
and I shall show the following result for the small gaps between the PiatetskiShapiro primes.
Suppose that $1 < c < 9/8$.
For any $m\geq 1$, there exist infinitely many $n$ such that
$$
\{[n^c],\ [(n+1)^c],\ \ldots,\ [(n+k_0)^c]\}
$$
contains at least $m+1$ primes, if $k_0$ is sufficiently large (only depending on $m$ and $c$).
This is a joint work with Dr. Hao Pan.
 04/04/2016  Pankaj Vishe (Durham)  Hasse principle for higher degree hypersurfaces
(abstract)
A projective variety X defined over the rational numbers is said to satisfy the Hasse principle if the presence of an adelic point on X guarantees the presence of a rational point. We give a programme for establishing Hasse principle for hypersurfaces of degree at least 4. The key ingredient is Kloosterman type extra averaging in conjunction with the van der Corput differencing applied to estimate the ''minor arc contribution'' in the HardyLittlewood circle method. We show the utility of this approach by improving upon current bounds in the quartic case. This is a joint work with Oscar Marmon.
 03/28/2016  Jack Buttcane
(SUNY)  The Kuznetsov formula on GL(3)
(abstract)
The GL(2) Kuznetsov formula gives a connection between Kloosterman sums and Fourier coefficients of Maass forms. I will discuss its generalization to GL(3) and applications to the theory of exponential sums and GL(3) Lfunctions.
 03/23/2016 (Wednesday 4.30pm in MW154) Leo Goldmakher
(Williams)  Characters and their nonresidues
(abstract)
Understanding the least quadratic nonresidue (mod p) is a classical problem, with a history stretching back to Gauss. The approach which has led to the strongest results uses character sums, objects which are ubiquitous in analytic number theory. I will discuss character sums, their connection to the least nonresidue, and work of myself and Jonathan Bober (University of Bristol) on a new approach to the problem.
 03/07/2016  Aaron Pollack
(Stanford)  The Spin $L$function on GSp$(6)$
(abstract)
I will discuss a RankinSelberg integral that may be thought of as a close
cousin of the triple product integral of Garrett and PiatetskiShapiroRallis.
The integral unfolds to the degree $8$ Spin $L$function of cuspidal automorphic
representations of PGSp$(6)$. When the automorphic representation corresponds to a
level one Siegel modular form, we deduce the finiteness of poles and functional
equation of the completed Lfunction. The arithmetic invariant theory of
quaternion algebras and their orders plays an important role.
 02/22/2016  Padmavathi Srinivasan (MIT)  Conductors and minimal discriminants of hyperelliptic curves with rational Weierstrass points
(abstract)
Conductors and minimal discriminants are two measures of degeneracy of
the singular fiber in a family of hyperelliptic curves. In the case of
elliptic curves, the OggSaito formula shows that (the negative of) the
Artin conductor equals the minimal discriminant. In the case of genus
two curves, equality no longer holds in general, but the two invariants
are related by an inequality. We investigate the relation between these
two invariants for hyperelliptic curves of arbitrary genus.
 02/15/2016  ShengChi Liu (WSU)  The distribution of integral points on homogeneous varieties
(abstract)
In this talk we will give a broad overview of the Linnik problems concerning the equidistribution of integral points on homogeneous varieties. One particular example concerns the Heegner points, which are roots in the complex upperhalf plane of certain quadratic forms. We will discuss certain "sparse" equidistribution problems concerning these points and give an application of an analog of Linnik's famous theorem on the first prime in an arithmetic progression.
The resolution of these problems involves a widerange of techniques concerning modular forms and their associated Lfunctions.
This is joint work with Riad Masri and Matt Young.
 01/25/2016  Scott Ahlgren
(UIUC)  Kloosterman sums and Maass cusp forms of half integral weight for the modular group
(abstract)
Kloosterman sums appear in many areas of number theory.
We estimate sums of Kloosterman sums of halfintegral weight on the modular group.
Our estimates are uniform in all parameters in analogy with Sarnak and Tsimerman's
improvement of Kuznetsov's bound for the ordinary Kloosterman sums. Among other
things we require mean value estimates for coefficients of Maass cusp forms of half integral
weight and uniform estimates for KBessel integral transforms.
As an application, we obtain an improved estimate for the classical problem of estimating the size of the error term in
Rademacher's famous formula for the partition function. This is joint work with Nick Andersen.
 11/23/2015  Ali Altuğ (Columbia University)  ArthurSelberg trace formula and related problems
(abstract)
I will report on recent research on the ArthurSelberg trace formula for $GL(2)$. The aim is to
understand the internal structure of the trace formula in a way that would allow to use it directly
in noncomparative analytic applications. The original motivation for this comes from Langlands'
``Beyond Endoscopy'', which aims to understand the fine structure of the automorphic spectrum of a
group. If time permits I will also discuss several problems and other implications of the same circle of
ideas.
 11/02/2015  Jay Jorgenson (CCNY)  Recent results in the study of groups of moonshinetype
(abstract)
We will present results obtained in studying the spectral theory
and holomorphic function theorem associated to the groups denote
by $\Gamma_{0}(N)^{+}$, which are obtained by "adding" the Fricke
involutions to the principal congruence groups. If $N$ is
squarefree and the associated quotient space has genus zero, then
the groups arise in the theory of "monstrous moonshine". In addition
to theoretical considerations, we employed extensive computer programs
in order to, for example, determine canonical generators of the
function fields for all genus one, two and three groups. The work
is joint investigations with Lejla Smajlovic and Holger Then.
 09/21/2015  Ahmad ElGuindy (Texas A&M University at Qatar)  On Power Eigensystems of DrinfeldGoss Hecke eigenforms
(abstract)
We shall discuss some remarkable properties of the Hecke action on (doubly cuspidal) modular forms in the Drinfeld function field setting; highlighting some of the striking differences with the classical case. We present new results on some common properties of certain coefficients of such forms that depend only on the eigenvalue (but not the weight), as well as a precise conjecture regarding the distribution of weights corresponding to such eigen systems.
20142015
 04/13/2015  Baiying Liu
(Utah) 
On cuspidality of global Arthur packets of quasisplit classical
groups
(abstract)
Based on the theory of endoscopy, Arthur classified the automorphic
discrete spectrum of quasisplit classical groups up to global Arthur
packets parametrized by Arthur parameters. Towards studying
representations in each Arthur packet, a natural question one may ask is
that whether a given Arthur packet has cuspidal representations or not.
Historically, this question has close relation to the theory of singular
automorphic forms, which has been investigated by Roger Howe and many
others. In this talk, I will introduce some recent progress on this
aspect, which is based on relations between the structure of Fourier
coefficients of automorphic forms in an Arthur packet and the structure of
the corresponding Arthur parameter. This work is joint with Dihua Jiang.
 03/30/2015  Kate Petersen
(FSU) 
Equidistribution of Norm 1 elements in Number Fields
(abstract)
In a natural way, one can view the norm 1 elements in a number field K as lying
in a torus, upon quotienting by the group of units. I'll discuss the problem
of determining if the set of norm 1 elements is equidistributed with respect to
an ordering by visible points, proving this in the case when K is Galois with
cyclic Galois group. This is joint work with Chris Sinclair.
 03/24/2015 (Tuesday 4.30pm in CH240)  Guangshi Lü
(Shandong University) 
Average behaviour of certain arithmetic functions
(abstract)
In this talk, we shall introduce some results on long interval (or
short interval)
asymptotic fomulae for ceratin arithmetic functions. In particular, we shall
talk about the average
behaivor of Fourier coefficients of automorphic forms, the distribution of
integers having a given number
of prime factors in short intervals, etc.
 03/23/2015  Nigel Pitt
(Maine) 
A cuspidal analogue of Titchmarsh's divisor problem
(abstract)
Given the Fourier coefficients $a(n)$ of a holomorphic cusp form for the modular
group, we will show that
$$\sum_{\substack{p\le X\\p \textrm{ prime}}} a(p1) \ll X^{391/392+\epsilon}$$
for any $\epsilon >0$ for large $X$. Similarly
$$\sum_{n\le X} \mu(n)a(n1) \ll X^{391/392+\epsilon}.$$
We will sketch the proofs, which require establishing nontrivial bounds for
sums of Kloosterman
sums and shifted convolutions of the coefficients which are better in the ranges
required
than known estimates. These are then used to bound bilinear forms in $a(m n  1)$,
which in conjunction with previous work of the speaker proves the main results.
 03/09/2015  Paul Pollack
(UGA) 
Two analytic problems on CM elliptic curves
(abstract)
I will discuss two problems about CM elliptic curves. The first deals with
statistics of their reductions modulo a prime, as the prime varies. Suppose
$E/Q$ is a fixed CM elliptic curve. For each prime $p$ of good reduction, write
$E(F_p) = Z/d_p Z \oplus Z/e_p Z$, where $d_p$ divides $e_p$. So, for example,
$d_p=1$ iff $E(F_p)$ is
cyclic. Kowalski asked for estimates on the average size of $d_p$. We discuss
recent work with T. Freiberg showing that $\sum_{p \le x} d_p \asymp x$.
The second project concerns torsion structures on CM elliptic curves over
number fields. For each positive integer $d$, let $T_{CM}(d)$ denote the largest
possible size of a torsion subgroup of an elliptic curve defined over a degree
$d$ number field. I will discuss recent work with Clark where we determine the
upper asymptotic order of $T_{CM}(d)$, as a function of $d$. Time permitting, I
will mention recent results with Bourdon and Clark that shed light on the
typical size of $T_{CM}(d)$.
 02/09/2015  Wissam Raji (AUB) 
Unimodularity of zeros of period polynomials of Hecke Eigenforms
(abstract)
We prove that all zeros of the full period function of any Hecke Eigenforms lie
on the unit circle.
 11/24/2014  Dani Szpruch (Indiana) 
The Langlands Shahidi method and the metaplectic exceptional representations
(abstract)
The LanglandsShahidi method has proven to be one of the most powerful tools to
study automorphic Lfunctions. In this talk we shall survey the definition of
Shahidi local coefficients and their application to local reducibility
questions. We shall then present some new results and techniques regarding their
metaplectic counterpart. Finally we shall discuss the connection between these
metaplectic local coefficients and KazhdanPatterson's metaplectic exceptional
representations. This is a joint work with Solomon Friedberg and David Goldberg.
 11/10/2014  Ian Whitehead (UMN) 
Toward a CasselmanShalika Formula for Metaplectic KacMoody Groups
(abstract)
I will construct a Dirichlet series in several variables satisfying an infinite
group of functional equations, the Weyl group of an affine KacMoody Lie
algebra. This series can be understood as a generalization of the
CasselmanShalika formula for Whittaker coefficients of Eisenstein seriesin
this case, Eisenstein series on a metaplectic cover of a KacMoody group. It has
applications to moment problems in analytic number theory.
 11/03/2014  Eyal Kaplan (OSU) 
The thetaperiod of a cuspidal automorphic representation of GL(n)
(abstract)
Let E be an Eisenstein series corresponding to an automorphic cuspidal
representation of GL(n), induced to a representation of SO(2n+1) through the
Siegel parabolic subgroup. The presence of a pole of E at 1/2, that is, the
nonvanishing of the residue E_{1/2} of E at 1/2, is determined by the presence
of a pole of the partial symmetric square Lfunction at 1. We define a coperiod
integral of E, involving the integrationof E_{1/2} against a pair of automorphic
forms in the space of the small representation of Bump, Friedberg and Ginzburg.
We compute the coperiod and relate it to a ``theta period" integral of GL(n) 
an integral of a cusp form against two theta functions corresponding to the
exceptional representation of Kazhdan and Patterson.
 10/27/2014  Matthew Young
(Texas A&M) 
Weyltype hybrid subconvexity bounds for twisted Lfunctions and Heegner points
on shrinking sets
(abstract)
One of the major themes of the analytic theory of automorphic forms is the
connection between equidistribution and subconvexity. An early example of this
is the famous result of Duke showing the equidistribution of Heegner points on
the modular surface, a problem that boils down to the subconvexity problem for
the quadratic twists of HeckeMaass Lfunctions. It is interesting to understand
if the Heegner points also equidistribute on finer scales, a question that leads
one to seek strong bounds on a large collection of central values. Work of
Conrey and Iwaniec from 2000 gives the bestknown subconvexity bound for twisted
Lfunctions, but lacks the uniformity required for the more advanced
equidistribution problems. I will discuss recent work that resolves these
problems.
 10/20/2014  Min Lee
(Bristol)  Shifted multiple Dirichlet series and spectral moments of
RankinSelberg Lfunctions
(abstract)
In this talk, we develop certain aspects of the theory of shifted multiple
Dirichlet series and study their meromorphic continuations. Their analytic
properties are used to obtain explicit spectral second moment formulas for
RankinSelberg Lfunctions of automorphic forms with applications.
This is a joint work with Jeff Hoffstein.
 10/13/2014  Meng Zhang
(OSU)  Some improvements on WaringGoldbach problem for fourth powers with
almost equal variables
(abstract)
The WaringGoldbach problem concerns representations of positive integers by
powers of primes. The representation with almost equal variables is the more
restricted problem
which has been studied for many years. In this talk, I will try to use the
HardyLittlewood circle
method to show this problem for fourth powers. This is joint work with Yanjun
Yao.
 10/06/2014  Sandro Bettin
(CRM)  The twisted second moment of the Dirichlet Lfunctions
(abstract)
We will discuss some properties of the twisted second moment of the Dirichlet
Lfunctions. In particular, we will investigate the reciprocity formula studied
by Conrey and Young, highlighting a surprising continuity property. We will also
highlight the relation of the twisted moment with the Estermann function, and
give the asymptotic for "the moments of the twisted moments".
20132014
 04/21/2014  Michael
Rubinstein (Waterloo)  Moments of zeta functions associated to
hyperelliptic curves
(abstract)
I will discuss conjectures, theorems, and experiments concerning the moments, at
the central point, of zeta functions associated to hyperelliptic curves over
finite fields. This is joint work with Kevin Wu.
 04/07/2014  Paul Bourgade
(IAS and Harvard)  Strong Szegö's theorem for $L$ functions
(abstract)
Fluctuations of random matrix theory type have been known to occur in analytic
number theory since Montgomery's calculation of the pair correlation of the zeta
zeros, in the microscopic regime. At the mesoscopic scale, the analogy still
holds, through a limiting Gaussian field, restriction of the free field to a
line. In particular we will present an unconditional proof for an analogue of
the strong SzegĂ¶ theorem, for $L$functions.
 03/31/2014  Adam Harper (Cambridge) 
Sharp bounds for moments of the Riemann zeta function
(abstract)
The Riemann zeta function $\zeta(s)$ has been studied for more than 150 years, but
our knowledge about it remains very incomplete. On or near the critical line
$\Re(s)=1/2$, our knowledge is lacking even if we assume the truth of the Riemann
Hypothesis. For example, the behaviour of the power moments $\int_0^T
\zeta(1/2+it)^{2k} dt$, which is subject to precise conjectures coming from
random matrix theory, has resisted most rigorous study until recently.
In this talk I will try to explain work of Soundararajan, which gave nearly
sharp upper bounds for the moments of zeta (assuming the Riemann Hypothesis),
and also my recent improvement giving sharp upper bounds (assuming the Riemann
Hypothesis).
 03/24/2014  Steven
J Miller (Williams College)  Closedform moments in elliptic curve families
and lowlying zeros
(abstract)
We explore the behavior of zeros near the central point for
families of elliptic curves with rank over Q(T) and small conductors.
Zeros of Lfunctions are conjectured to be simple except possibly at the
central point for deep arithmetic reasons; these families provide a
fascinating laboratory to explore the effect of multiple zeros on nearby
zeros. Though theory suggests the family zeros (those we believe exist due
to the Birch and SwinnertonDyer Conjecture) should not interact with the
remaining zeros, numerical calculations show this is not the case;
however, the discrepency is likely due to small conductors. We'll mix
theory (including lower order terms in the convergence to the SatoTate
measure) and experiment and see some surprisingly results, which lead us
to conjecture that a new random matrix ensemble correctly models the small
conductor behavior. Note: parts of all the computations were done with OSU
students when the speaker was a postdoc here.
 03/17/2014  Tim Browning
(Bristol)  The arithmetic of largedimensional varieties is easy
(abstract)
We use the HardyLittlewood circle method to justify the title of the talk.
This is joint work with Roger HeathBrown.
 02/24/2014  Djordje
Milićević (Bryn Mawr)  SubWeyl subconvexity and short padic exponential
sums
(abstract)
One of the principal questions about Lfunctions is the size of their critical
values. In this talk, we will present our recent subconvexity bound for the
central value of a Dirichlet Lfunction of a character to a prime power modulus,
which breaks a longstanding barrier known as the Weyl exponent. We obtain these
results by developing a new general method to estimate short exponential sums
involving padically analytic fluctuations, which can be naturally seen as a
padic analogue of the method of exponent pairs. We will present the main
results of this method and the key points in its development, and discuss the
structural relationship between the padic analysis and the socalled depth
aspect.
 02/17/2014  Micah Milinovich (Ole Miss) 
Estimates for the zeros of the Riemann zetafunction via Fourier analysis
(abstract)
In this talk I will show how to use certain BeurlingSelberg type majorants and
minorants of exponential type in conjunction with the GuinandWeil explicit
formula to study the vertical distribution of the zeros of the Riemann
zetafunction. We can use these techniques to prove the sharpest known bounds
for the number zeros in a long interval on the critical line (assuming the
Riemann hypothesis) and also to study local statistics of zeros (i.e. pair
correlation). Our results on pair correlation extend earlier work of P. X.
Gallagher and give some evidence for the famous conjecture of H. L. Montgomery.
This is based on joint works with Emanuel Carneiro, Vorrapan Chandee, and
Friedrich Littmann.
 02/10/2014  Maksym Radziwill (IAS)
 Some recent interactions between sieves and Lfunctions
(abstract)
I will discuss some recent work, where methods from sieve theory and Lfunctions
interact.
In the first direction, I will explain joint work with Kannan Soundararajan,
where we find an "Lfunction analogue" of the BrunHooley sieve. Our method has
several applications but I'll focus specifically on the problem of estimating
small moments of Lfunctions. This particular problem has corollaries for the
distribution of the TateShafarevich group of primes twists of an elliptic curve
or for the distribution of coefficients of halfintegral weight modular
forms.
Time permitting, I will also address the opposite direction, namely adapting
technique from Lfunctions to problems of a more sieve theoretic character. In
joint work with Kaisa Matomaki we use the idea of a mollifier, in a rather
unusual context, to obtain sharp results on the number of sign changes of
Fourier coefficients of Hecke eigencuspforms.
 02/03/2014  Joseph
Vandehey (UGA)
 The unexpected strength of continued fractions on the Heisenberg group
(abstract)
Over the years, many different higherdimensional continued fraction algorithms
have been created to generalize the many useful properties of standard
onedimensional continued fractions. Last year, in joint work with A.
Lukyanenko, the speaker discovered a continued fraction algorithm on the
Heisenberg group that is surprisingly powerful: it appears to be the first time
certain classical formulas have found higherdimensional analogs. We will
discuss these expansions, diophantine approximation, periodic continued
fractions, and a number of open questions. Will include some discussion of
hyperbolic geometry and ergodic theory.
 01/08/2014  Farrell Brumley
(Paris 13)  Counting cusp forms by analytic conductor
(abstract)
Given a reductive group over a global field, a natural question is to count the
number of cuspidal automorphic representations of bounded analytic conductor.
The setup is highly reminiscent of counting rational points of bounded height
on certain algebraic varieties. We'll discuss a proper formulation of the
automorphic problem and present a few recent results, obtained in collaboration
with D. Milicevic, for general linear groups.
 11/25/2013  Rudy Perkins
(OSU)  Interpolating evaluation characters and the Anderson generating
function for the Carlitz module
(abstract)
We introduce a fundamental tool in the construction of abelian, geometric
extensions of the field of rational functions in one indeterminate over a finite
field  the Carlitz module. We discuss its action on the Tate algebra and how
this gives rise to an incredible function  the Anderson generating function for
the Carlitz module (AGF). Finally, we shall prove a formula connecting the AGF
to an interpolation series for Pellarin's evaluation character with applications
to Taelman's ``unit'' module and explicit formulas for both the rational special
values of Pellarin's series and a subset of his deformations of Drinfeld modular
forms.
 11/18/2013  Wing Chung
(Jonathan) Lam (OSU)  Second moment of the central values of the symmetric square Lfunctions
(abstract)
In this talk we explain how to establish a new bound for the second moment for
the central values of the symmetric square Lfunctions attached to holomorphic
forms of large weights. The bound obtained is sharp and improves substantially
upon previously known results.
 11/04/2013  Zhilin Ye (OSU) 
The Second Moment of RankinSelberg Lfunction and Hybrid Subconvexity Bound
(abstract)
Assume that $f$ and $g$ are both holomorphic modular forms with fixed weights
over $GL(2)$. We give a sharp estimation of $\sum L(1/2, f\times g)^2$ which
is an improvement of the result in KowalskiMichelVanderkam. As a consequence,
we prove a level aspect hybrid subconvexity bound for tensor product $f \times g$.
 10/14/2013  Ghaith Hiary (OSU) 
Detecting squarefree numbers
(abstract)
Let $d = l^2 \Delta$, where $\Delta$ is squarefree, and $\Delta$ and $l$
are unknown to us. A method to obtain a lower bound on $\Delta$ without attempting to factor $d$ is
presented. If $d$ happens to be squarefree, then the method might yield a
sufficiently good lower bound on $\Delta$ so that the squarefreeness of $d$ can be certified
fast  in particular, faster than could have been done had we immediately applied one of
the other known methods that also can produce partial information about $\Delta$ (such as
the PollardStrassen algorithm). The running time of the method is heuristically
subexponential in the lower bound over a relatively wide initial range, and perhaps further. The
method is based on the explicit formula for the Dirichlet $L$function associated with a
suitably chosen real character, and assuming the generalised Riemann hypothesis for that
$L$function. An example application of the method to one of the RSA challenge numbers will be given.
Some optimisations of the method will be discussed. This is joint work with Andy Booker and Jon Keating.
 10/07/2013  Zhi Qi (OSU) 
Hybrid subconvexity bound of $L(1/2, Sym^2 f \times g)$
(abstract)
The subconvexity problem of the central values of Lfunctions is
outstanding in analytic number theory. For instance, that for $L(1/2, Sym^2 f
\times \varphi)$, with $f$ an automorphic cusp form and $\varphi$ a given Maass form,
is closely related to the quantum unique ergodicity problem in view of Watson's
formula. Let $f$ be a holomorphic form of full level and weight $k$, and $g$ a
holomorphic newform of prime level $p$ and fixed weight. With $k$ and $p$ large and
varying under the condition $p^{13/64+\delta} < k < p^{3/8+\delta}$, we prove a
subconvexity bound for $L(1/2, Sym^2 f \times g)$ in the aspect of both $k$ and
$p$.
 09/23/2013  Fan Zhou (OSU)  SatoTate Equidistribution of Satake Parameters of Maass Forms on PGL(N)
(abstract)
The equidistribution of Hecke eigenvalues of a family of automorphic forms on GL(2) has been studied by Serre, Sarnak, Bruggeman, ConreyDukeFarmer, etc. We formulate a conjectured orthogonality relation between the Fourier coefficients of Maass forms on PGL(N) for N>=2. Based on the work of GoldfeldKontorovich and Blomer for N=3, and on our conjecture for N>=4, we prove a weighted vertical equidistribution theorem (with respect to the generalized SatoTate measure) for the Satake parameter of Maass forms at a finite prime.
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 04/23/2013  Guillaume Ricotta (Bordeaux)  Fourier coefficients of GL(3) automorphic forms in arithmetic progressions
(abstract)
We prove that the Fourier coefficients of GL(3) HeckeMaass cusp forms in arithmetic progression modulo a prime number p have a Gaussian limit distribution as p goes to infinity. This is a joint work with Emmanuel Kowalski.
 04/08/2013  Craig Franze (OSU)  An asymptotic expansion related to the Dickman function.
(abstract)
In a recent paper Soundararajan proved a conjecture of Broadhurst, giving an asymptotic expansion for a sequence of integrals related to the Dickman function. In this talk, I will discuss a generalization of this expansion, as well as its implications to other numbertheoretic functions arising as solutions to delay equations.
 04/01/2013  Joachim Schwermer (Vienna)  On Lefschetz numbers and arithmetically defined hyperbolic
3manifolds.
(abstract)
An orientable hyperbolic 3manifold is isometric to the quotient of hyper
bolic 3space H by a discrete torsion free subgroup of the group of
orientationpreserving isometries of H. Among these manifolds, the ones
originating from arithmetically defi ned groups form a family of special
interest. Due to the underlying connections with number theory and the
theory of automorphic forms, there is a fruitful interaction between
geometric and arithmetic questions, methods and results. We intend to give
an account of recent investigations in this area, in particular, of those
pertaining to the cohomology of these hyperbolic 3manifolds. This
includes a recent result concerning the growth of Betti numbers for
compact arithmetic hyperbolic 3manifolds.
 02/25/2013  Bruce Berndt (UIUC)  Unpublished Manuscripts Published with Ramanujan's Lost Notebook.
(abstract)
Published with Ramanujan's lost notebook are several partial manuscripts. Some evidently were intended to be portions of papers that he had published. Others are partial manuscripts of papers that were never completed. In this lecture, we discuss examples of both types. For the former, we offer speculation on why Ramanujan never included the results in his published papers. The manuscripts are over a broad range of topics, including classical analysis, analytic number theory, diophantine approximation, and elementary mathematics.
 02/04/2013  Youness Lamzouri (York U)  Large Character Sums.
(abstract)
In 1932, Paley constructed an infinite family of quadratic characters whose character sums
become exceptionally large. In this talk, I will discuss recent work (joint with Leo Goldmakher)
in which we obtain analogous results for characters of any fixed order. Previously
our bounds were only known under the assumption of the Generalized Riemann Hypothesis.
 01/14/2013  Dimitris Koukoulopoulos (Montreal)  When the sieve works.
(abstract)
Let $S(x,P)$ be the number of integers up to $x$ that have no prime factors from the set of primes $P \subset\{p \le x\} $. In general, a naive probabilistic heuristic suggests that $S(x,P) \approx x\cdot \prod_{p\in P} (11/p)$. Sieve methods yield good upper and lower bounds, of this size, when $P$ is a subset of the primes in $\{p \le x^{1/2\epsilon} \}$, but they are inapplicable if $P$ contains lots of primes $>x^{1/2}$. Now, for such $P$, the size of $S(x,P)$ has been studied in only a few cases. In the case when $P= \{y < p \le x\}$, which is known to be the most extreme one, we have that $S(x,P)\approx x/u^u$, $u=\log x/\log y$, much less that the expected $x/u$. Other than that not much is known, but it is expected that, as soon as $P$ does not contains too many big primes, the probabilistic heuristic is accurate. In this talk, I will show that this expectation is indeed accurate: if
$\sum_{y < p \le x,\, p \notin P} 1/p \gg1$ for some $y\ge x^{O(1)}$, then $S(x;P)$ has the predicted size. This is joint work with Andrew Granville and Kaisa Matom\"aki.
 12/03/2012  Ghaith Hiary (Bristol)  Computing Dirichlet $L$functions.
(abstract)
A fast method for computing Dirichlet functions to a powerfull modulus is presented. The method achieves powersavings in the $t$ and $q$
aspects.
 11/19/2012  Kevin Ford (UIUC)  Sets $S$ of primes with $p$ in $S$ and $q(p1)$ implying $q$ in $S$.
(abstract)
Consider a set $S$ of primes such that if $p$ in $S$ and $q(p1)$, then
$q$ is in $S$. We describe applications of such sets to Carmichael's
conjecture and recent work of the speaker, Konyagin and Luca on groups
with Perfect Order Subsets. We also descibe a new bound for the counting
function of such sets: either $S$ contains all primes or $S$ is extremely
thin; the number of primes in $S$ that are less than $x$ is $O(x^{1c})$ for some
$c>0$.
 10/22/2012  Micah Milinovich (Ole Miss)  Simple zeros of Lfunctions of modular forms.
(abstract)
Let $f$ be a primitive holomorphic cusp form of weight $k$, level $q$, and character $\chi$, and let $L(s,f)$ be its associated $L$function. I will discuss how to prove quantitative estimates for the number of simple nontrivial zeros of $L(s,f)$ under the assumption of the generalized Riemann Hypothesis. Even assuming GRH, this seems to be the first method capable of proving that infinitely many primitive degree two $L$functions have an infinitude of simple nontrivial zeros. If there is time, I will discuss an ongoing project where the condition "$L(s,f)$ has infinitude of simple nontrivial zeros" is related to the nonvanishing of a certain average of Dirichlet twists of the derivative of $L(s,f)$ at the central point. In principle, this condition can be checked numerically for any particular choice of $f$. This is joint work with Nathan Ng (Lethbridge).
 10/01/2012  Tim All (OSU)  On padic annihilators of real ideal classes.
(abstract)
Let F be a real abelian field, p a rational prime unramified in F, and O the valuation integers of a topological closure of F via some fixed embedding into the algebraic closure of the padic rationals. Using the techniques of Euler systems originally discovered by Thaine, David Solomon has conjectured that an explicit element of the Galois group ring with coefficients in O annihilates the ideal class group of F tensored with O. This conjecture is the real analogy of a classical result of Stickelberger concerning totally imaginary fields. Recently, we have obtained a proof of a strengthened version of this conjecture with no assumptions on p. We will outline the proof, and discuss some consequences/generalizations.
 09/24/2012  David Goss (OSU)  From Carlitz's module to Euler's Gamma function.
(abstract)
A recent preprint of Federico Pellarin shows how it is possible to use the Carlitz formalism to obtain Euler's Gamma function in a manner similar to that of the AndersonThakur function in characteristic p. We will discuss this approach in this seminar.
 09/17/2012  Roman Holowinsky (OSU)  Hybrid Subconvexity Bounds for RankinSelberg Convolutions.
(abstract)
We will consider various moment averages over special values of RankinSelberg convolution $L$functions $L(\frac{1}{2}, \pi_1 \times \pi_2)$. Each $\pi_j$ will contribute to the size of the associated analytic conductor and we shall take advantage of this fact in order to obtain hybrid subconvexity bounds for individual $L$values.
Topics presented here will be a combination of ongoing joint projects with Nicolas Templier and Ritabrata Munshi.
 09/10/2012  Jim Cogdell (OSU)  The local Langlands correspondence for GL(n) and the symmetric and exterior square $\varepsilon$factors
(abstract)
Artin introduced his nonabelian Lfunctions for representations of the Galois group in a series of papers in 19231931. He was able to define the local Euler factors for all primes and define the Artin conductor that appears in the functional equation, but the Artin root number remained mysterious. It was factored by Deligne in 1971 as part of his proof of the existence of the local $\varepsilon$factors that appear in the functional equation of the Artin Lfunctions. One way too understand these Lfunctions and $\varepsilon$factors is to find a corresponding analytic object, and automorphic form, whose Lfunction and $\varepsilon$factors match the arithmetic ones. This is the content of the local Langlands correspondence. This correspondence should be robust and preserve various parallel operations on the arithmetic and analytic sides, such as taking the exterior square or symmetric square. In collaboration with F. Shahidi and TL. Tsai, we have recently showed that indeed the local $\varepsilon$factors that appear in the functional equations are preserved under these operations. The proof is an application of local/global techniques and the stability of these factors under highly ramified twists. In this talk I will attempt to explain a bit about these objects and the techniques we use in our proof.
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 05/21/2012  Sun Kim (OSU)  Bessel function series and the circle and divisor problems.
(abstract)
In approximately 1915, Ramanujan recorded without proofs two identities involving
doubly infinite series of Bessel functions.
The two identities are connected with the classical circle and divisor problems, respectively.
For each of Ramanujan's identities, there are three possible interpretations for the double series.
The first identity was proved under those three and the second identity was proved under two of them.
In this talk, we briefly review some key aspects of the proofs.
Furthermore, we discuss trigonometric analogues of the identities,
and a generalization of the first identity in the setting of Riesz sums.
This is joint work with Bruce Berndt and Alexandru Zaharescu.
 04/30/2012  Ben Brubaker (MIT)  Demazure operators and Iwahori Whittaker functions.
(abstract)
Around 1980, Casselman and Shalika gave an elegant proof of a
formula (conjectured by Langlands) for the spherical Whittaker function of
an unramified principal series. We will begin by reviewing these terms and
some key aspects of the proof, which relies on clever manipulations in the
IwahoriHecke algebra. Then we explore similar formulas for Iwahorifixed
vectors in the unramified principal series, where we "rediscover" a Hecke
algebra action due to Lusztig, in the context of equivariant Ktheory. (This
is joint work with Dan Bump and Tony Licata).
 04/23/2012  Hourong Qin (Nanjing)  The Local $L$series of CM Elliptic Curves and Quadratic Polynomials Represent Primes.
(abstract)
Let $E$ be an elliptic curve defined over $\mathbb{Q}$ with complex multiplication. Fix an integer $r$. We give sufficient and necessary conditions for $a_p=r$ for some prime $p$. We show that there are infinitely many primes $p$ such that $a_p=r$ for some fixed integer $r$ if and only if a quadratic polynomial represents infinitely many primes $p$. In particular, for $E: y^2=x^3+x$, our result inplies that there are infinitely many primes $p$ such that $a_p=2$ if and only if there are infinitely many primes $p$ of the form $n^2+1$.
 04/16/2012  Peng Zhao (Princeton)  The Quantum Variance of PSL(2,Z)\PSL(2,R).
(abstract)
We discuss the quantum variance, which is introduced by Zelditch and
describes the fluctuations of a quantum observable, on the phase space
of modular surface. We asymptotically evaluate the quantum variance
and show that it is equal to the classical variance of the geodesic
flow on the phase space after inserting the "correction factor" of
certain Lfunction's central value on each irreducible subspace. It is
also very close to the arithmetic variance studied by Luo, Rudnick and
Sarnak. This talk is based on a joint work with Peter Sarnak.
 03/12/2012  Henry Kim (Toronto)  Application of the strong Artin conjecture to the class number problem.
(abstract)
As an application of the strong Artin conjecture, we exhibit a family of number fields unconditionally with extreme class numbers, whose normal closures have S5,S4,A4, and dihedral groups Dn,n=3,4,5, and cyclic groups Cn,n=4,5,6, as their Galois groups. This is a joint work with P.J. Cho.
 02/09/2012  Guillaume Ricotta (Bordeaux)  Height of Heegner points.
(abstract)
The asymptotic height of Heegner points, on average over large discriminants, is investigated. In particular, the second order term is obtained. This is a joint work with Nicolas Templier.
 12/05/2011  Nathan Conrad Jones (University of Mississippi)  An alternative view of primitivity of Dirichlet characters.
(abstract)
Dirichlet characters and their associated Lfunctions were introduced by Dirichlet in his proof of the prime number theorem in arithmetic progressions. Recall that a Dirichlet character is called imprimitive if it is induced from a character of smaller level, and otherwise it is called primitive. In this talk, I will discuss a modification of "inducing to higher level" which causes imprimitive characters to behave primitively (e.g. the properties of the associated Gauss sum and the functional equation of the attached Lfunction take on a form usually associated to a primitive character). This is based on joint work with R. Daileda.
 10/18/2011 (1:30 pm)  Amy DeCelles (Goshen)  Number theoretic applications of the automorphic spectral theory of higher rank groups.
(abstract)
Diaconu, Garrett, and Goldfeld have exhibited a general construction of spectral identities involving sums of integral moments for any RankinSelberg integral representation of Lfunctions. We construct a Poincare series, formed from an explicit solution to a differential equation on a complex symmetric space, suitable for producing such an identity for RankinSelberg convolutions for GL(n) x GL(n) over totally complex number fields. A sample application of this Poincare series is an exact formula relating the automorphic spectrum of the Laplacian to the number of lattice points in an expanding region in a complex symmetric space.
 10/10/2011  Federico Pellarin (St. Etienne)  On the values of certain Lseries at ``even" positive integers.
(abstract)
In this talk, we first briefly discuss some of the many existing ways to compute the values of classical zeta functions (e.g. Riemann's and Dedekind's) at even positive integers. Then we survey similar questions in the framework of the arithmetic of function fields in positive characteristic. In that framework, we propose a formula for the value at one for a family of Lseries allowing to recover known results for values of CarlitzGoss zeta functions and Lseries associated to Dirichlet characters.
 10/03/2011  Kenneth Ward (Oklahoma State)  An asymptotic relation of class number and genus for abelian extensions of a function field.
(abstract)
I demonstrate an asymptotic relation of class number and genus for the abelian extensions of a fixed choice of congruence function field. This result has been compared to the BrauerSiegel theorem of number fields, but is not a precise analogue. This remains an open problem beyond the abelian case; I will explain why this is so.
 09/19/2011  Abhishek Saha (ETH)  Determination of modular forms by Fourier coefficients.
(abstract)
I will describe my recent work, part of which is joint with Ralf Schmidt, that shows that a Siegel cusp form of degree 2 under certain assumptions is determined by its set of Fourier coefficients a(S) with 4 det(S) ranging over fundamental discriminants. As a key step to the result, I will prove a very similar fact for holomorphic cusp forms of halfintegral weight that generalizes an old result of LuoRamakrishnan. I will also briefly describe some important consequences of the main result for the Lfunctions and Bessel models related to such a Siegel cusp form. In particular, an application to the case of Yoshida lifts leads to a simultaneous nonvanishing theorem for two RankinSelberg Lfunctions.
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 05/16/2011  ShengChi Liu (Texas A&M)  The L^2 restriction norms of SatioKurokawa lifts.
(abstract)
A Siegel modular form, when restricted to a certain natural submanifold of Siegel's upper half space, is essentially a classical elliptic modular form in each of two variables. In the special case that the Siegel form is a SaitoKurokawa lift, Ichino gave a formula which explicitly decomposes this restricted Siegel form into elliptic modular forms; the formula involves central values of RankinSelberg Lfunctions on GL3 x GL2. I will talk about some recent results on the average behavior of these Lfunctions which give some information on how the restricted Siegel form usually behaves. This is joint work with Matt Young.
 05/09/2011  Solomon Friedberg (Boston College)  Eisenstein series, crystals and ice.
(abstract)
I describe how the Whittaker coefficients of Eisenstein series
may be described in two new ways: using crystal graphs and using ice models
from statistical mechanics. This is joint work with Ben Brubaker and
Daniel Bump.
 05/02/2011  Ling Long (Iowa State)  Recent developments on modular forms for noncongruence subgroups.
(abstract)
Among all finite index subgroups of the modular group, majority of them are noncongruence, i.e. they cannot be
described in terms of congruence relations. The systematic investigation of modular forms for noncongruence subgroups was
initiated by Atkin and SwinnertonDyer in 1960's. Compared to the classical theory of congruence modular forms,
noncongruence modular forms are more mysterious due to the lack of efficient Hecke theory. However, noncongruence
modular forms exhibit some remarkable properties and are closely related to many topics in number theory and beyond.
In this talk, we will introduce these functions, discuss some recent developments in this area as well as applications
and future research directions.
 02/28/2011  Jeff Hoffstein (Brown)  Shifted multiple Dirichlet series and moments of Lseries.
(abstract)
I'll explain what shifted convolutions are and show how they can
interact with the theory of multiple Dirichlet series, with number theoretic
applications. I will assume no previous knowledge of either subject.
 02/21/2011  Gautam Chinta (CUNY)  Orthogonal periods of Eisenstein series.
(abstract)
We will show an identity between an orthogonal period of a minimal
parabolic Eisenstein series on GL(3) and Whittaker coefficients of an
Eisenstein series on the metaplectic double cover of GL(3), thereby providing
evidence in favor of a conjecture of Jacquet. The main tool used in the proof
is Gauss's three squares theorem. This is joint work with O. Offen.
 12/03/2010  Noam Elkies (Harvard)  On the areas of rational triangles.
(abstract)
By a "rational triangle" we mean a plane triangle whose sides are rational numbers. By Heron's formula, there exists such a triangle of area a^(1/2) if and only if a>0 and xyz(x+y+z)=a for some rationals x,y,z. In a 1749 letter to Goldbach, Euler constructed infinitely many such (x,y,z) for any rational a (positive or not), remarking that it cost him much effort, but not explaining his method. We suggest one approach, using only tools available to Euler, that he might have taken, and use this approach to construct several other infinite families of solutions. We then reconsider the problem as a question in arithmetic geometry: xyz(x+y+z)=a gives a K3 surface, and each family of solutions is a singular rational curve on that surface defined over Q. The structure of the NeronSeveri group of that K3 surface explains why the problem is unusually hard. Along the way we also encounter the Niemeier lattices (the even unimodular lattices in R^24) and the nonHamiltonian Petersen graph.
 11/22/2010  Aaron Levin (Michigan State)  Runge's effective method for integral points.
(abstract)
Among the few known effective Diophantine techniques in number theory is an old method of Runge for effectively computing integral points on certain affine curves. I will review Runge's method, including some recent extensions and generalizations. I will then discuss various applications of Runge's method to specific curves and varieties of interest.
 11/16/2010  Lenny Taelman (Leiden)  The Carlitz sheaf, cyclotomic function fields, and Vandiver's conjecture.
(abstract)
In this talk I will discuss conjectural function field analogues of the HerbrandRibet theorem and of Vandiver's conjecture. Also, I will sketch how these relate to previous work of David Goss and Warren Sinnott. Along the way I will explain the basics of Carlitz' theory of cyclotomic function fields in a more modern framework.
 11/15/2010  Xiaoqing Li (SUNY Buffalo)  The L^2 restriction of a GL(3) Maass form to GL(2).
(abstract)
In this talk, we will study the L^2 restriction problem of a GL(3) Maass form to GL(2). By Parseval's formula, the problem becomes bounding averages of different families of GL(3)xGL(2) Lfunctions. Assuming the Lindelof hypothesis for these GL(3)xGL(2) Lfunction\
s as we usually do, one can achieve a sharp bound in terms of the analytic conductor of the varying GL(3) Maass form. However, we will give an unconditional proof of this sharp bound for selfdual GL(3) Maass forms. For nonselfdual GL(3) Maass forms, our bounds depend on the bounds of the first Fourier coefficients of the GL(3) Maass forms. This is joint work with Matthew Young.
 11/08/2010  Paul Nelson (Caltech)  Equidistribution of cusp forms in the level aspect.
(abstract)
Let f traverse a sequence of classical holomorphic newforms of fixed weight and increasing squarefree level q tending to infinity. We prove that the pushforward of the mass of f to the modular curve of level 1 equidistributes with respect to the Poincare measure.
 11/01/2010  Eddie Herman (AIM)  Beyond Endoscopy for the Asai Lfunction and Quadratic Base Change.
(abstract)
Using Langlands' "Beyond Endoscopy" idea and analytic number theory techniques, we study the Asai Lfunction associated to a real quadratic field K/Q. If the Asai Lfunction associated to an automorphic form over K has a pole, then the form is a base change from Q. We show how to prove this and the analytic continuation of the Lfunction. This is one of the first examples of using a trace formula to get such information. Time permitting, other ideas related to beyond endoscopy will be addressed.
 10/25/2010  David Goss (OSU)  The class number formula of Lenny Taelman.
(abstract)
Characteristic $p$ arithmetic can be viewed as a laboratory that allows us to study classical objects "through the looking glass." In a sense this is similar to what one would expect from life based on silicon as opposed to carbon.
The motivating idea in characteristic $p$ arithmetic is precisely to use analysis in finite characteristic where in classical number theory one uses complex analysis of course. As classical arithmetic is based on the integers, characteristic $p$ arithmetic is based on Fq[t] (or even much more general base rings). Moreover, algebraic number theory is ties together such invariants as the class number with special values of $L$series.
In this talk we shall describe the trailblazing recent work of Lenny Taelman where Fq[t]analogs of the class group and regulator are introduced and an analytic class number proved.
 10/18/2010  Jim Cogdell (OSU)  On Local Lfunctions.
(abstract)
When we study automorphic Lfunctions via integral representations we usually concentrate on finding a family of integrals that have nice analytic properties and ar\
e Eulerian and then performing the unramified calculation to identify the Lfunction. Seldom do we explicitly compute the Lfunction at the ramified or archimedean \
places. However, to use the converse theorem to approach functoriality we need better knowledge of what happens at these places. In this lecture I would like to dis\
cuss two ideas in this direction: the use of (BernsteinZelevinsky) derivatives and ``exceptional'' poles. These work well for GL(n) constructions (RankinSelberg, \
exterior square, Asai, symmetric square) and there are some indications that similar ideas may work for classical groups.
 10/11/2010  Yangbo Ye (Iowa)  Resonance of automorphic forms for GL(2) and GL(3).
(abstract)
Resonance is an important phenomenon which may occur between two vibration systems. Fixing one vibration system, one may change the second (testing) system to detect resonance frequencies of the first, and hence gain spectral information on the oscillation nature of the first vibration system. A classical example of this is the Fourier series expansion of a periodic function, which is actually the GL(1) theory. In this talk we will work out the GL(2) case following a result by LuoIwaniecSarnak. Then we will consider a Maass cusp form f for SL(3,Z) and compute averages of its Fourier coefficients A(m,n) twisted by exponential functions e(a n^b) of a fractional power. We will show that a main term occurs when b=1/3 and m a^3/27 is an integer. The existence of such a main term manifests the vibration and resonance behavior of these automorphic forms for GL(3).
 10/04/2010  Timothy All (OSU)  Mihailescu's Theorem (formerly Catalan's conjecture); an outline of the proof.
(abstract)
In 1844, Eugene Catalan submitted the following conjecture to the Journal de Crelle, that no two consecutive integers, save 8 and 9, are perfect powers. One hundred and sixty years later, Preda Mihailescu published the first proof using methods from the theory of cyclotomic fields. We give an overview of these methods and show how they produce a proof of Catalan's conjecture.
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