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Slides from a talk at Maine-Québec

At this year’s Maine-Québec Number Theory Conference, I’m giving a talk on Zeros of half-integral weight Dirichlet series. Here are the slides. I note that the references for the slides are included here at the end.

I’ll also note a few open problems that I don’t know how to handle and that I briefly describe during the talk.

  1. Is it possible to show that every (symmetrized) Dirichlet series associated to a half-integral weight modular form must have zeros off the critical line? This is true in practice, but seems hard to show.
  2. Is it possible to determine whether a given Dirichlet series has zeros in the half-plane of absolute convergence? If there is one zero, there are infinitely many – but is there a way of determining if there are any?
  3. Why does there seem to be a gap around the critical line in zero distribution?
  4. Can one explain why the pair correlation seems well-behaved (even heuristically)?

If you have any ideas, let me know!

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Slides from a talk on Half Integral Weight Dirichlet Series

On Thursday, 18 March, I gave a talk on half-integral weight Dirichlet series at the Ole Miss number theory seminar.

This talk is a description of ongoing explicit computational experimentation with Mehmet Kiral, Tom Hulse, and Li-Mei Lim on various aspects of half-integral weight modular forms and their Dirichlet series.

These Dirichlet series behave like typical beautiful automorphic L-functions in many ways, but are very different in other ways.

The first third of the talk is largely about the “typical” story. The general definitions are abstractions designed around the objects that number theorists have been playing with, and we also briefly touch on some of these examples to have an image in mind.

The second third is mostly about how half-integral weight Dirichlet series aren’t quite as well-behaved as L-functions associated to GL(2) automorphic forms, but sufficiently well-behaved to be comprehendable. Unlike the case of a full-integral weight modular form, there isn’t a canonical choice of “nice” forms to study, but we identify a particular set of forms with symmetric functional equations to study. There are several small details that can be considered here, and I largely ignore them for this talk. This is something that I hope to return to in the future.

In the final third of the talk, we examine the behavior and zeros of a handful of half-integral weight Dirichlet series. There are plots of zeros, including a plot of approximately the first 150k zeros of one particular form. These are also interesting, and I intend to investigate and describe these more on this site later.

The slides for this talk are available here.

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Slides for a talk at JMM 2019

Today, I’m giving a talk on Zeroes of L-functions associated to half-integral weight modular forms, which includes some joint work with Li-Mei Lim and Tom Hulse, and which alludes to other joint work touched on previously with Jeff Hoffstein and Min Lee (and which perhaps should have been finished a few years ago).

Here are the slides for my talk.

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