Vanderbilt University Number Theory Seminar


Date Speaker, Title, Abstract
Aug 29 Th Aug 29, 2019 @ 1:00pm

Angelica Babei (Vanderbilt University) – Hilbert modular forms in Magma.

In this talk, we showcase a new Magma implementation of Hilbert modular forms (HMFs), available at Computational tools include sources of HMFs (such as Eisenstein series, newforms, theta series, elliptic curves), operations on HMFs (such as multiplication, division, and Hecke operators), as well as computing sets of generators and relations for the graded ring of HMFs over quadratic fields. Joint work with Ben Breen, Sara Chari, Edgar Costa, Michael Musty, Sam Schiavone, Sam Tripp, and John Voight.

Sep 12 Tue Sep 12, 2019 @ 1:00pm

Ian Wagner (Vanderbilt University) – Partitions and a conjecture of John Thompson.

For a finite group \(G\), let \(K(G)\) denote the field generated over \(\mathbb{Q}\) by its character values. For alternating groups, G. R. Robinson and J. G. Thompson determined \(K(A_n)\) as an explicit multiquadratic field.  Confirming a speculation of Thompson, we show that arbitrary suitable multiquadratic fields are similarly generated by the values of \(A_n\)-characters restricted to elements whose orders are only divisible by ramified primes.  We also extend  this result to suitable linear groups and show that cyclotomic fields and subfields are generated by the values of characters restricted to elements with prime power order.

Sep 19 Tue Sep 19, 2019 @ 1:00pm

Zack Tripp (Vanderbilt University) – Bounds on multiplicities of zeros of a family of zeta functions.

In “The Pair Correlation of Zeros of the Zeta Function”, Montgomery finds the asymptotics of the pair correlation function in order to give a lower bound on the proportion of zeros that are simple (assuming the Riemann Hypothesis). We will discuss some of the necessary tools to extend his proof to pair correlation for zeros of Dedekind zeta functions of abelian extensions, and as in the Riemann zeta case, we can then use this to obtain results on multiplicities of zeros for these zeta functions. However, we also are able to relate the counts of multiplicities to Cohn-Elkies sphere-packing type bounds, allowing us to use semi-definite programming techniques to obtain better results in lower degree extensions than could be found from a direct analysis. In particular, we are able to conclude that more than 45% of the zeros are distinct for Dedekind zeta functions of quadratic number fields. This is based on joint work with M. Alsharif, D. de Laat, M. Milinovich, L. Rolen, and I. Wagner.

Sep 26 Tue Sep 26, 2019 @ 1:00pm

Ben Breen (Dartmouth College) – TBA.


Oct 18 Fri Oct 18, 2019 @ 3:00pm

Ayla Gafni (University of Mississippi) – TBA.


Feb 4 Tue Feb 4, 2020 @ 3:00pm

John Voight (Dartmouth College) – TBA.