Scientific

Explicit estimates for the Mertens function

Speaker: 
Nicol Leong
Date: 
Tue, Jun 18, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
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We prove explicit estimates of $1/\zeta(s)$ of various orders, and use an improved version of the Perron formula to get explicit estimates for the Mertens function $M(x)$ of order $O(x)$, $O(x/\log^k x)$, and $O(x\log x exp(−\sqrt{\log{x}})$. These estimates are good for small, medium, and large ranges of $x$, respectively.

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Counting “supersingularity” in arithmetic statistics

Speaker: 
Wanlin Li
Date: 
Tue, Jun 18, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

Supersingularity is a notion to describe certain elliptic curves defined over a field with positive characteristic $p > 0$. Supersingular elliptic curves possess many special properties, such as larger endomorphism rings, extremal point counts, and special p-torsion group scheme structures. This notion was then generalized to higherdimensional abelian varieties. A global function field is associated with an algebraic curve defined over a finite field; the supersingularity of the Jacobian would affect the prime distribution of this function field. In this talk, I want to discuss the effect of supersingularity on prime distribution for function fields and introduce some perspectives to study this phenomenon.

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A Mertens function analogue for the Rankin–Selberg L-function

Speaker: 
Amrinder Kaur
Date: 
Tue, Jun 18, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

Let f be a self-dual Maass form for $SL(n, Z)$. We write $L_f (s)$ for the Godement–Jacquet L-function associated to $f$ and $L_{f\times f} (s)$ for the Rankin–Selberg L-function of $f$ with itself. The inverse of $L_{f\times f} (s)$ is defined by
$$
\frac{1}{L_{f\times f}(s)} := \sum_{m=1}^\infty \frac{c(m)}{m^s}, \mathfrak{R}(s) > 1.
$$
It is well known that the classical Mertens function $M(x) := \sum_{m\leq x} \mu(m)$ is related to
$$
\frac{1}{\zeta(s)} = \sum_{m=1}^\infty \frac{\mu(m)}{m^s}, \mathfrak{R}(s) > 1.
$$
We define the analogue of the Mertens function for $L_{f\times f} (s)$ as $\widetilde{M}(x) := \sum_{m\leq x} c(m)$ and obtain an upper bound for this analogue $\widetilde{M}(x)$, similar to what is known for the Mertens function $M(x)$. In particular, we prove that $\widetilde{M}(x) \ll_f x \exp(−A\sqrt{\log{x}}$ for sufficiently large $x$ and for some positive constant $A$. This is a joint work with my Ph.D. supervisor Prof. A. Sankaranarayanan.

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Oscillations in Mertens’ product theorem for number fields

Speaker: 
Ethan Lee
Date: 
Tue, Jun 18, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

The content of this talk is based on joint work with Shehzad Hathi. First, I will give a short but sweet proof of Mertens’ product theorem for number fields, which generalises a method introduced by Hardy. Next, when the number field is the rationals, we know that the error in this result changes sign infinitely often. Therefore, a natural question to consider is whether this is always the
case for any number field? I will answer this question (and more) during the talk. Furthermore, I will present the outcome of some computations in two number fields: $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{5})$ and $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{13})$.

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The influence of the Galois group structure on the Chebyshev bias in number fields

Speaker: 
Mounir Hayani
Date: 
Tue, Jun 18, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

In 2020, Fiorilli and Jouve proved an unconditional Chebyshev bias result for a Galois extension of number fields under a group theoretic condition on its Galois group. We extend their result to a larger family of groups. This leads us to characterize abelian groups enabling extreme biases. In the case of prime power degree extensions, we give a simple criterion implying extreme biases and we also investigate the corresponding Linnik-type question.

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Modular forms and an explicit Chebotarev variant of the Brun–Titchmarsh theorem

Speaker: 
Hari Iyer
Date: 
Mon, Jun 17, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

We prove an explicit Chebotarev variant of the Brun–Titchmarsh theorem. This leads to explicit versions of the best known unconditional upper bounds toward conjectures of Lang and Trotter for the coefficients of holomorphic cuspidal newforms. In particular, we prove that

$$
\lim_{x\to\infty} \frac{\left\{1\leq n \leq x : \tau (n) \neq 0 \right\}}{x} > 1 - 1.15\times 10^{-12}
$$

where $\tau(n)$ is Ramanujan’s tau-function. This is the first known positive unconditional lower bound for the proportion of positive integers n such that $\tau (n) \neq 0$. This is joint work with Daniel Hu and Alexander Shashkov.

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The distribution of analytic ranks of elliptic curve over prime cyclic number fields

Speaker: 
Gyeongwon Oh
Date: 
Mon, Jun 17, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}$ and $C_l$ be the family of prime cyclic extensions of degree $l$ over $\mathbb{Q}$. Under GRH for elliptic L-functions, we give a lower bound for the probability for $K \in C_l$ such that the difference $r_K(E) − r_\mathbb{Q}(E)$ between analytic rank is less than a for $a \asymp l$. This result gives conjectural evidence that the Diophantine Stability problem suggested by Mazur and Rubin holds for most of $K \in C_l$.

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Joint distribution of central values and orders of Sha groups of quadratic twists of an elliptic curve

Speaker: 
Peng-Jie Wong
Date: 
Mon, Jun 17, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

As a refinement of Goldfeld’s conjecture, there is a conjecture of Keating–Snaith asserting that $\log L(1/2,E_d)$ for certain quadratic twists $E_d$ of an elliptic curve $E$ behaves like a normal random variable. In light of this, Radziwill and Soundararajan conjectured that the distribution of $\log(|Sha(E_d)|/\sqrt{|d|}$ is approximately Gaussian for these $E_d$, and proved that the conjectures of Keating–Snaith and theirs are both valid “from above”. More recently, under GRH, they further established a lower bound for the involving distribution towards Keating–Snaith’s conjecture. In this talk, we shall discuss the joint distribution of central values and orders of Sha groups of $E_d$ and how to adapt Radziwill–Soundararajan’s methods to study upper bound and lower bounds for such a joint distribution if time allows.

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Bias for the kappa factor function

Speaker: 
Sneha Chaubey
Date: 
Mon, Jun 17, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

The $\kappa$-factor function is a generalization of the irrational factor function introduced by Atanassov. We investigate the behavior of the sum of the $\kappa$-factor function over arithmetic progressions and study its bias over reduced residue classes. We also study this phenomenon for $\kappa$-factor functions defined over number fields and function fields.

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Prime Number Error Terms

Speaker: 
Nathan Ng
Date: 
Mon, Jun 17, 2024
Location: 
PIMS, University of British Columbia
Conference: 
Comparative Prime Number Theory
Abstract: 

In 1980 Montgomery made a conjecture about the true order of the error term in the prime number theorem. In the early 1990s Gonek made an analogous conjecture for the sum of the Mobius function. In 2012 I further revised Gonek’s conjecture by providing a precise limiting constant. This was based on work on large deviations of sums of independent random variables. Similar ideas can be applied to any prime number error term. In this talk I will speculate about the true order of prime number error terms.

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