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Spring 2020

All remaining Arithmetic Seminar talks are cancelled/postponed. Some of the talks may be rescheduled in the online format, if the speaker is willing and able to do it.

  • January 28
    Speaker: N/A
    Title: Organizational Meeting
    Abstract: We will discuss schedule and speakers for this semester
  • February 4
    Speaker: Fikreab Admasu (Binghamton University)
    Title: Buildings with examples
    Abstract: This talk will be an introduction to buildings with examples. Jacques Tits introduced the notion of buildings to provide a systematic geometric description of certain groups such as finite simple groups. They have found applications in several other areas. We will look at some examples such as affine buildings and finite projective planes.
  • February 11
    Speaker: Fikreab Admasu (Binghamton University)
    Title: Buildings and an application
    Abstract: In this second talk, we will look at the construction of buildings such as spherical buildings. One application of buildings, due toJ. Igusa, M. du Sautoy and A. Lubotzky is that the local factors of the zeta function of a class of nilpotent groups is expressed in terms of the combinatorics of the building of the associated algebraic group.
  • February 18
    Speaker: Alexander Borisov (Binghamton University)
    Title: Lehmer's Conjecture and Dimitrov's proof of Schinzel-Zassenhaus Conjecture
    Abstract: Mahler measure $M(f)$ of a univariate monic integer polynomial $f$ is the product of absolute values of its complex roots outside of the unit circle. A long-standing conjecture, known as Lehmer's Conjecture, asserts that there is a positive constant $C$, such that $M(f)$ either equals $1$ or is at least $1+C$. A somewhat weaker conjecture, due to Schinzel and Zassenhaus, says that for some positive $C$, independent of the degree $d$ of the polynomial $f$, the maximum absolute value of roots of $f$ either equals $1$ or is at least $1+C/d$. In a very recent breakthrough development the proof of this weaker conjecture was announced by Vesselin Dimitrov. I will explain some background and sketch Dimitrov's argument.
  • February 25
    Speaker: Mahdi Asgari (Cornell University and OSU)
    Title: Symmetric Algebras and L-functions
    Abstract: I will explain the role that decompositions of certain symmetric algebras play in linking the local and global Langlands L-functions through a process called “unramified computation” and present some results along these lines, both old and new.
  • March 3
    Speaker: Bin Guan (CUNY)
    Title: Averages of central values of triple product L-functions
    Abstract: Feigon and Whitehouse studied central values of triple L-functions averaged over newforms of weight 2 and prime level. They proved some exact formulas applying the results of Gross and Kudla which link central values of triple L-functions to classical “periods”. In this talk, I will show more results of this problem for more cases using Jacquet's relative trace formula, and some application of these average formulas to the non-vanishing problem.
  • March 10
    Speaker: Jaiung Jun (SUNY New Paltz)
    Title: Lattices, spectral spaces, and closure operations on idempotent semirings
    Abstract: Spectral spaces, introduced by Hochster, are topological spaces homeomorphic to the prime spectra of commutative rings. In this talk, we introduce an analogous statement for idempotent semirings - a topological space is spectral if and only if it is the saturated prime spectrum of an idempotent semiring. We then introduce more examples of spectral spaces arising from idempotent semirings.
    Speaker: Biao Wang (SUNY Buffalo)
    Title: Some arithmetic functions and Chebotarev densities
    Abstract: For M\”{o}bius function $\mu$, it is well-known that the prime number theorem is equivalent to $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{\mu(n)}{n}=0$. In 1977, Alladi showed a formula on the restricted sum of $\frac{\mu(n)}{n}$ over the conjugacy class of smallest prime divisor of $n$. In 2017, Dawsey generalized Alladi's result to the setting of Chebotarev densities for finite Galois extensions of $\mathbb{Q}$. In this talk, we will introduce the analogues of their formulas with respect to the Liouville function and the Ramanujan sum, and propose a conjecture for more general arithmetic functions.
    Speaker: Bogdan Ion (University of Pittsburgh)
    Title: Bernoulli polynomials and Dirichlet series
    Abstract: For a given sequence one can associate a power series and a Dirichlet series. We investigate the relationship between possible singularities that appear when we analytically continue both of these series. The most basic case, when the power series has a pole singularity at z=1 is analyzed in detail by employing some (infinite order) discrete derivative operator (associated to the power series) that we call Bernoulli operator. Its main property is that it naturally acts on the vector space of analytic functions in the plane (with possible isolated singularities) that fall in the image of the Laplace-Mellin transform (for the variable in some half-plane). The action of the Bernoulli operator on the function t^s, provides the analytic continuation of the associated Dirichlet series and also detailed information about the location of poles, their resides, and special values. Using examples of arithmetic origin, I will attempt to illustrate what is reasonable to expect when the power series has a non-pole singularity at z=1.
    Speaker: Andrew Lamoureux (Binghamton University)
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    Speaker: Vaidehee Thatte (Binghamton University)
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    Speaker: Sayak Sengupta (Binghamton University)
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    Speaker: Patrick McGinty (Binghamton University)
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    Speaker: Helene Esnault (IAS and FU Berlin)
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