Number Theory Seminar: Jason Bell (SFU)

  • Date: 01/13/2011

Jason Bell (SFU)


University of British Columbia


On vanishing coefficients of algebraic power series over fields of positive characteristic


Let $K$ be a field of characteristic $p>0$ and let $f(t_1,\ldots ,t_d)$ be a power series in $d$ variables with coefficients in $K$. We discuss a recent generalization of both Derksen's recent analogue of the Skolem-Mahler-Lech theorem in positive characteristic and a classical theorem of Christol, by showing that the set of indices $(n_1,\ldots ,n_d)\in \mathbb{N}^d$ for which the coefficient of $t_1^{n_1}\cdots t_d^{n_d}$ in $f(t_1,\ldots ,t_d)$ is zero is generated by a finite-state automaton that accepts the base $p$ expansions of $d$-tuples of natural numbers as input. Applying this result to multivariate rational functions leads to interesting effective results concerning some Diophantine equations related to $S$-unit equations and more generally to the Mordell--Lang Theorem over fields of positive characteristic. (joint with Boris Adamczewski)


3:00pm-5:00pm, WMAX 216

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Refreshments will be served at 3:50pm.