UBC Math Department Colloquium: Siddhi Pathak

  • Date: 03/13/2020
  • Time: 15:00
Siddhi Pathak, Pennsylvania State University

University of British Columbia


Faculty of Science Early Career Colloquium series: Special values of L-series and Erdös's conjecture.


Prime numbers are central objects of study in number theory. In the 1730s, Euler gave a novel proof of the infinitude of primes by showing that P p 1=p diverges, where the sum runs over all prime numbers. Deriving inspiration from Euler’s idea, Dirichlet proved the infinitude of primes in arithmetic progressions in 1837. His proof relied on the fact that P1 n=1 (n)=n 6= 0, where is a periodic multiplicative function taking values on the unit circle. Intrigued by this curious non-vanishing result, in the early 1960s, S. Chowla initiated a study of values of the L-function, L(s; f) := P1 n=1 f(n)=ns, for any periodic function f on Z, at positive integer arguments. In this talk, we will discuss how methods from analytic, algebraic and transcendental number theory come together harmoniously, giving rise to a beautiful theory of these special values. Around the same time as Chowla, Erd˝os conjectured that the series P1 n=1 f(n)=n 6= 0 whenever it converges, for certain periodic functions f, taking values in f

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ESB 2012
Refreshments will be served at 2:30 p.m. in ESB 4148
(PIMS Lounge).