Research: Number Theory

PANTS XIII (2010)

The Palmetto Number Theory Series (PANTS) is a series of number theory meetings held in South Carolina, the Palmetto State, and other places in the Southeast. The core members of the PANTS consortium are Clemson University and University of South Carolina. PANTS is funded for the 2010-2011 academic year by grants from the NSF (DMS-1001553) and NSA.

See the PANTS homepage for more information about PANTS and past and future meetings.


PANTS XIII

PANTS XIII will be held at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro Saturday September 25 and Sunday September 26, 2010.

The plenary speakers at PANTS XIII are Harold Stark and Farshid Hajir. The invited graduate student speaker will be Yu Zhao from McGill University.


Invited Talks

Farshid Hajir: Analogies between codes, curves, graphs, number fields and 3-manifolds

I will describe a general phenomenon, that of “asymptotically good families” which arises in multiple context. For a set of interesting objects (examples: curves over finite fields, number fields, regular graphs, linear codes, or hyperbolic 3-manifolds, lattices, etc.), equipped with an appropriate notion of “type” as well as of “quality,” we seek infinite families of objects of a fixed type whose quality remains high. This defines a function measuring the optimal quality of such families as a function of the type. In many contexts, zeta functions provide upper bounds for this function, and modular forms provide lower bounds. In the most favorable cases, the two bounds actually meet, as in the case of “Ramanujan graphs” for example. I will try to put all of this in a common framework, with the hope that it stimulates cross-fertilization of ideas and promotes the search for further analogies of this type in other contexts.

Harold Stark: Some Density Questions in Number Theory

Suppose S is a set of positive integers which one wishes to enumerate. The sets of interest have the property that the obstructions to being in the set S are in correspondence with the primes: For each prime p, there is a set Sp such that any integer in Sp is not in S and further S consists of all integers not in any of the Sp. In the most interesting questions of this sort, it is not even known that S is infinite, but nevertheless there are conjectures that S is infinite and the density of numbers in S is even conjectured. I will discuss one or more of these questions.

Yu Zhao: Elliptic curves over totally real fields with everywhere good reduction

The Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture asserts that for any elliptic curve E defined over a number field F, the rank r of E(F)equals ords = 1L(E/K,s). In the case r &le 1, the conjecture is still not completely solved even if we have the Gross-Zagier-Kolyvagin theorem. This talk will introduce the Darmon-Logan’s conjectural construction of points on elliptic curves defined over defined over a real quadratic field and Q-curves arising from Shimura’s construction.


Contributed Talks

Jaroslav Hancl: Some results concerning the factorial series

Let {an} be a sequence of integers. We say that &Sigmaan/n! is an factorial series. The speaker would like to describe the important role which factorial series play in the study of irrationality and linear independence. In addition, some unsolved problems in these theories will be included. New theorems of Tijdeman and the speaker will be presented. The results will be applied for the case of the series &Sigma[n&alpha]/n! where &alpha is a positive real number.

Marie Jameson: The Alder-Andrews Conjecture

Motivated by classical identities of Euler, Schur, and Rogers and Ramanujan, Alder investigated qd(n) and Qd(n), the number of partitions of n into d-distinct parts and into parts which are \pm 1 (mod d+3), respectively. He conjectured that qd(n) &ge Qd(n).Andrews and Yee proved the conjecture for d = 2s-1 and also for d &ge 32. We will discuss a proof of Andrews’s refinement of Alder’s conjecture which follows from determining effective asymptotic estimates for these partition functions (correcting and refining earlier work of Meinardus), thereby reducing the conjecture to a finite computation.

Zachary Kent: p-adic lifting of roots of Eisenstein series

For a prime p > 3, we consider j-zeros of the family of Eisenstein series whose weights are p-adically close to p – 1. In particular, the j-zeros of the weight p – 1 Eisenstein series are j-invariants of elliptic curves with supersingular reduction modulo p. We lift these j-zeros to a p-adic field, and show that when k is p-adically close to p – 1, then the j-zeros of the weight k Eisenstein series are p-adically close to supersingular j-invariants.

Michael Mossinghoff: The distance to an irreducible polynomial

More than 40 years ago, P. Turán asked if every integer polynomial is “close” to an irreducible polynomial. More precisely, he asked if there exists an absolute constant C such that for every polynomial f in Z[x] there exists an irreducible polynomial g in Z[x] with deg(g) ≤ deg(f) and L(fg) ≤ C, where L(·) denotes the sum of the absolute values of the coefficients. This problem remains open. We show that C = 5 suffices for all polynomials with degree at most 40 by using a computational strategy, and discuss how well our results fit the predictions of a heuristic model. This is joint work with Michael Filaseta.

Robert Lemke Oliver: Almost-primes represented by irreducible polynomials

Let G(x) be an irreducible polynomial with integer coefficients. It is conjectured that the set { n &isin N: G(n) is prime } is infinite for most G(x). If Pr denotes the set of squarefree positive integers with at most r prime factors, we consider the set { n &isin N : G(n) &isin Pr } with the goal of showing that it is infinite for a suitable choice of r. Considerable work has been done on this problem, with the most notable results being due to Iwaniec, Buh{v{s}}tab, and Richert. Here we show that if deg(G(x)) = 2, then we may take r = 2. For those G(x) with deg(G(x)) &ge 3, we establish conditions on G(x) which allow us to conclude that there is a suitable choice of
r &le deg(G(x)).

Jeremy Rouse: t-core partitions and Stanton’s conjecture

t-core partitions arise naturally in the representation theory of the symmetric group. We will use a variety of tools from the theory of modular forms (the circle method, Deligne’s bound, and L-functions) to study asymptotics for the number of t-core partitions of n. As a consequence, we will prove a number of cases of a conjecture of Stanton.

Ruth Stoehr: Benford’s Law for coefficients of modular forms and partition functions

Here we prove that Benford’s law holds for coefficients of an in finite class of modular forms. Expanding the work of Bringmann and Ono on exact formulas for harmonic Maass forms, we derive the necessary asymptotics. This implies that the unrestricted partition function p(n), as well as other natural partition functions, satisfy Benford’s law.

Filip Saidak: Monotonicity of Riemann zeta and other prime-related functions

We prove that for t > 8 and &sigma < 1/2, we have
Re(&phi'(s)/&phi(s)) < Re(&zeta'(s)/&zeta(s)) < Re(&xi'(s)/&xi(s)),
where &phi&zeta, and &xi are three prime-related complex-valued functions of Euler and Riemann. This is joint work with Y. Matiyasevich and P. Zvengrowski.

Barry Smith: The Brumer-Stark Conjecture for Some Cyclic Extensions

Recent progress on conjectures concerning special values of equivariant L-functions uses Iwasawa theory. I will discuss an alternative approach to the Brumer-Stark conjecture for degree 2p extensions of number fields using a conjectural explicit expression for the equivariant L-function value. This approach avoids some of the drawbacks arising from Iwasawa-theoretic proofs and allows verification of some new cases of the conjecture.

Brett Tangedal: Computing Stark units p-adically via a formula of Gross

We will show how the formulas mentioned in Paul Young’s talk may be applied to computationally explore certain p-adic conjectures analogous to Stark’s original conjecture. This talk represents joint work with Paul Young.

Dan Yasaki: Computing Stark units using Shintani domains

Let F be a number field, and let E be the ray class field of modulus m. A Stark unit is a special element n in E such that
&zetam(&sigma, 0) = -(1/wE) log|&sigma(&eta)| for all &sigma &isin H. One goal is to “get inside the absolute value” to give an analytic expression for &eta. Shintani describes a method of computing &zetam in terms of a certain polytopal cone decomposition of a real vector space, and the decomposition into the cones sheds light into this problem. I will report on some computations over imaginary quadratic fields done this summer with B. Tangedal introducing me to these topics.

Paul Young: On p-adic multiple zeta and log gamma functions

We define p-adic multiple zeta and log gamma functions using multiple Volkenborn integrals, and develop some of their properties. Although our functions are close analogues of classical Barnes multiple zeta and log gamma functions and have many properties similar to them, we find that our p-adic analogues also satisfy reflection functional equations which have no analogues to the complex case. We conclude with a Laurent series expansion of the p-adic multiple log gamma function for
(p-adically) large x which agrees exactly with Barnes’s asymptotic expansion for the (complex) multiple log gamma function, with the fortunate exception that the error term vanishes. Indeed, it was the possibility of such an expansion which served as the motivation for our functions, since we can use these expansions computationally to p-adically investigate conjectures of Gross, Kashio, and Yoshida over totally real number fields. This talk represents joint work with Brett Tangedal.


Registration

The meeting is free of charge for all participants.

  • If you plan to attend PANTS XIII please send an email to s_pauli@uncg.edu.
  • If you would like to give a talk, please send us a title and an abstract.

Travel Support

PANTS has a limited budget from which to provide support for travel. Here is a visitor expense form which may be used to request support.

If you wish to apply for travel reimbursement you MUST send an e-mail to Matt Boylan (boylan@math.sc.edu) or Sebastian Pauli (s_pauli@uncg.edu) by September 17. If you are neither a U.S. citizen nor a permanent resident you MUST send the e-mail to Matt or Sebastian by September 10, as the paper work in this case is more time-consuming. We need to know how many people will be attending so that we can plan accordingly.

In order to stretch our budget, we encourage car pooling and students to share lodging as much as possible.


Practical Information

You can find directions on the For Visitors page of our department.

A hotel in walking distance to UNCG is the Biltmore. To get the university rate, say that you are attending a conference at UNCG. Two B&Bs are not too far from campus: Dailey Renewal Retreat and Haynes Bed and Breakfast. More options can be found on the UNCG list of local hotels.


Program

All talks will take place in Room 150 in the Petty Building (29 on the campus map). The room is equipped with whiteboards, a computer, a beamer, and a document camera, as well as computer hookup.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

13:00 Farshid Hajir: Analogies between codes, curves, graphs, number fields and 3-manifolds
14:00 Coffee
14:30 Jaroslav Hancl: Some results concerning the factorial series
15:00 Robert Lemke Oliver: Almost-primes represented by irreducible polynomials
15:30 Filip Saidak: Monotonicity of Riemann zeta and other prime-related functions
16:00 Coffee
16:30 Yu Zhao: Elliptic curves over totally real fields with everywhere good reduction
17:15 Break
17:30 Ruth Stoehr: Benford’s Law for coefficients of modular forms and partition functions
18:00 Jeremy Rouset-core partitions and Stanton’s conjecture.
18:30 Dan Yasaki: Computing Stark units using Shintani domains

Sunday, September 26, 2010

  9:00 Harold Stark: Some Density Questions in Number Theory
10:00 Coffee
10:30 Paul Young: On p-adic multiple zeta and log gamma functions
11:00 Brett Tangedal: Computing Stark units p-adically via a formula of Gross
11:30 Barry Smith: The Brumer-Stark Conjecture for Some Cyclic Extensions
12:00 Coffee
12:30 Zachary Kentp-adic lifting of roots of Eisenstein series
13:00 Michael Mossinghoff: The distance to an irreducible polynomial
13:30 Marie Jameson: The Alder-Andrews Conjecture

Participants

  1. Jeff Beyerl, Clemson University
  2. Matt Boylan, USC
  3. Kenny Brown, USC
  4. Anna Castelaz, Clemson University
  5. James Carter, College of Charleston
  6. Nasser Dastrange, Buena Vista College, Iowa
  7. Michael Filaseta, USC
  8. Jenny Fuselier, Highpoint University
  9. Jon Grantham, IDA/CCS
  10. Sam Gross, USC
  11. Farshid Hajir, UMass Amherst
  12. Jaroslav Hancl, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
  13. Kevin James, Clemson University
  14. Marie Jameson, Emory University
  15. Anna Keaton, Clemson University
  16. Rodney Keaton, Clemson University
  17. Zachary Kent, Emory University
  18. Robert Lemke Oliver, Emory University
  19. Danielle Moran, UNCG
  20. Michael Mossinghoff, Davidson College
  21. Alexander Mueller, University of Michigan
  22. Sebastian Pauli, UNCG
  23. Jeremy Rouse, Wake Forest University
  24. Vincent Rusnell, Clemson University
  25. Filip Saidak, UNCG
  26. Brian Sinclair, UNCG
  27. Barry Smith, Lebanon Valley College
  28. Harold Stark, UC San Diego
  29. Ruth Stoehr, Emory University
  30. Brett Tangedal, UNCG
  31. Catherine Trentacoste, Clemson University
  32. Hayato Ushijima, Clemson University
  33. Andrew Vincent, USC
  34. John Webb, USC
  35. Hui Xue, Clemson University
  36. Dan Yasaki, UNCG
  37. Paul Young, College of Charleston
  38. Yu Zhao, McGill University, Montreal

Organizers