Winter 2018:

Date: January 27, 2018
Location: Oregon State University, Kelley Engineering Center room 1001


• 11:00-12:00 -- Ken Ono (Emory University), Lecture I: Polya's Program for the Riemann Hypothesis and Related Problems
• 12:00-1:30 -- Catered lunch
• 1:30-2:00 -- Asif Zaman (Stanford University): A new formulation of the Chebotarev density theorem
• 2:00-3:00 -- Ken Ono (Emory University), Lecture II: Can you feel the Moonshine?
• 3:00-4:00 -- Graduate Student Poster Showcase and Coffee/Desserts


• Ken Ono, Lecture I: Polya's Program for the Riemann Hypothesis and Related Problems: In 1927 Polya proved that the Riemann Hypothesis is equivalent to the hyperbolicity of Jensen polynomials for Riemann's Xi-function. This hyperbolicity has only been proved for degrees d=1, 2, 3. We prove the hyperbolicity of 100% of the Jensen polynomials of every degree. Moreover, we prove the GUE random matrix prediction for the distribution of the zeros in 'derivative aspect'. These results come from a general theorem which models such polynomials by Hermite polynomials. This general theorem also allows us to prove a conjecture of Chen, Jia, and Wang on the partition function. This is joint work with Michael Griffin, Larry Rolen, and Don Zagier.

• Ken Ono, Lecture II: Can you feel the Moonshine?: Borcherds won the Fields medal in 1998 for his proof of the Monstrous Moonshine Conjecture. Loosely speaking, the conjecture asserts that the representation theory of the Monster, the largest sporadic finite simple group, is dictated by the Fourier expansions of a distinguished set of modular functions. This conjecture arose from astonishing coincidences noticed by finite group theorists and arithmetic geometers in the 1970s.

Recently, mathematical physicists have revisited moonshine, and they discovered evidence of undiscovered moonshine which some believe will have applications to string theory and 3d quantum gravity. The speaker and his collaborators have been developing the mathematical facets of this theory, and have proved the conjectures which have been formulated. These results include a proof of the Umbral Moonshine Conjecture, and Moonshine for the first sporadic finite simple group which does not occur as a subgroup or subquotient of the Monster. The most recent Moonshine yields unexpected applications to the arithmetic elliptic curves thanks to theorems related to the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer Conjecture and the Main Conjectures of Iwasawa theory for modular forms. This is joint work with John Duncan, Michael Griffin and Michael Mertens.

• Asif Zaman: A new formulation of the Chebotarev density theorem: First established in 1926, the Chebotarev density theorem is a broad generalization of the prime number theorem describing the asymptotic distribution of prime splitting behavior in number fields. Lagarias and Odlyzko (1977) proved an effective version that has been applied in many situations, such as for modular forms, elliptic curves, and binary quadratic forms. However, the asymptotic holds for quite a restrictive range. We describe more of its history, a new formulation that closely parallels the classical case of arithmetic progressions, and a uniform improvement that expands its range of validity. The same methods are also applicable for general families of L-functions. This talk represents joint work with Jesse Thorner.


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The meeting will be held in the Kelley Engineering Center room 1001, located on the corner of Campus Way and Memorial Place on the campus of Oregon State University. While on-campus parking lots require a permit from Monday through Friday, you may park without a permit in most lots on Saturday (with the exception of metered, reserved or other specially designated spaces). The A2 lots shown near the top edge of this map are probably your best option for parking close to the conference on Saturday.

Previous meetings:

Fall 2017 (University of Oregon):
• Kirsten Eisenträger (Penn State) Lecture I, Undecidability in number theory. (video of this lecture)
• Kirsten Eisenträger (Penn State) Lecture II, Existentially and universally definable subsets of global fields. (video of this lecture)
• Travis Scholl (University of Washington), Isolated elliptic curves in cryptography.

Support has been provided by:

    National Science Foundation
    Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences
    Number Theory Foundation
    College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon
    Oregon State University College of Science and Department of Mathematics
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University


Shabnam Akhtari University of Oregon
Derek Garton Portland State University
Clay Petsche Oregon State University
Holly Swisher Oregon State University