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On Determinants of Laplacians on Riemann Surfaces

History of the Formula: In their famous paper "On Determinants of Laplacians on Riemann Surfaces" (1986), D'Hoker and Phong computed the determinant of the Laplacian $\Delta_n^+$ on the space $T^n$ of ...
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Small primes attract large primes

I posted a version of this to stackexchange and got 12 up-votes and no answers in somewhat more than a day. Someone in a comment construed it as asking for a lot of novel research including figuring ...
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sums of digits of powers of integers

It is known (Senge and Straus, 1971, see also C.L.Stewart, 1980) that for every natural $a$, not a power of 10, and every natural $s$, there are only finitely many $k$ such that the sum of decimal ...
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Where might I find a scanned handwritten copy of Ramanujan's second letter to Hardy?

I am giving a lecture to undergraduates on the lovely identity $$1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + \cdots = -\frac{1}{12}.$$ Ramanujan wrote in his second letter to Hardy (courtesy Wikipedia), "Dear Sir, I am very ...
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Making a character small at a reciprocal

The following question emerged from thinking about the Erdős discrepancy problem. I don't know whether an answer would be directly helpful, but it might, and in any case I find the question quite ...
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A question about Mobius inversion

I don't know how precise I can make this question. I want to know whether there is a theorem that says that a certain phenomenon always happens, but I think the best I can do in order to pin down the ...
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Growth of $n=n(k)$ for which there's a non-trivial solution to $x_1^k+\cdots+x_n^k=y^k$?

Walter Hayman just asked me the following question. What, if anything, is known about the growth of the function $n(k)$, where $k\geq1$ is an integer, and $n=n(k)\geq2$ is the smallest integer for ...
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Evaluating Shintani cone zeta functions

Hi everyone I am trying the evaluate sums of the form $$ \sum_{n_1>0,n_2>0,\ldots,n_m>0} \frac{1}{\big((a_{1,1}n_1 +\ldots +a_{1,m}n_m)^k \ldots (a_{m,1}n_1+ \ldots +a_{m,m}n_m)^k\big)}$$ ...
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Montgomery's conjecture and lower bound on certain Fourier transform.

Recently I have come across the following question, while meditating about Matt Young's answer to this question of mine, explaining the heuristic (or at least, one possible heuristic) behind ...
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Does the Maynard-Tao Theorem apply to general tuples of linear forms?

In the paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1311.5319v1.pdf the author states the following theorem, which he attributes to Maynard and Tao. For any integer $m > 2$, there exists an integer $k = k(m)$ such ...
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How many 2L-bit numbers are the product of two L-bit numbers?

If I multiply two integers $x, y $ in $[0,2^L)$, I get an integer in $[0,2^{2L})$. Clearly, this map from $[0,2^L) \times [0,2^L) \to [0,2^{2L})$ is not bijective. I am interested in the size of ...
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Minimum of the product of linear forms over a lattice

In Chapter [IX.1] of Siegel's Lectures on the Geometry of Numbers it is shown that if we have $n$ linear forms $y_{j}=\sum_{k=1}^{n}{a_{jk}x_{k}},\quad j=1,\ldots,n$, with the coefficient matrix ...
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Questions on de Branges' work on the Riemann hypothesis

According to Wikipedia, Louis de Branges de Bourcia has obtained some notable results, such as a proof of the Bieberbach conjecture in 1985, which is now known as de Branges' theorem. Initially, his ...
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implication of divergence of $1/\zeta(s) $ at 1/2

$1/\zeta(s)=\sum_{n>0}\frac{\mu(n)}{n^s}$ where $\mu$ is the Moebius function. This series is known to converge for $s\ge 1$ and diverge for $s\le 1/2$. Its convergence is unknown if $1/2< ...
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Analytic continuation of the Dirichlet generating series of the multiplicative partition function

Apologies for the lengthy question, but it seems it's the only way i can convey my thoughts. Consider the Dirichlet series: ...
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Bounds on an exponential sum related to an equidistribution question

The short version: Given non-zero real numbers $\alpha$ and $\beta$, can one prove the following estimate in a simple manner? Or does it follow from a well-known result on exponential sums? $$ ...
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Is there a probabilistic interpretation of Dedekind zeta functions?

Reading the interesting paper Honest Bernoulli excursions by Smith and Diaconis motivated the question whether probabilistic interpretations for general Dedekind zeta functions are known. In the ...
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“probabilistic” density of primes?

A certain set $\cal P$ of primes is defined by two assumedly independent conditions: The first condition on a prime $p$ can be characterized in terms of the type of splitting of $p$ in certain Galois ...
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Average of Fourier coefficients of a cusp form of half integral weight

Suppose $f$ is a cusp form of half integral weight $k$ w.r.t. the group $\Gamma_0(4)$ ($k$ is not very low, can assume $k \ge 11/2$), and $a_n$ is its Fourier coefficient. The Linnik bound says that ...
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a generalization of a formula of Shimura

Let $\phi$ be a $GL(2)$ automorphic form with Fourier coefficients $a(n)$ and $a(1)=1$. Obviously we have $L(s,\phi)=\sum \frac{a(n)}{n^s}$. Shimura have the following formula $L(s, Ad\; ...
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Measure Theoretic view of Hardy Littlewood Circle Method

Is it possible to view the Hardy-Littlewood Circle method as the Fourier transform with respect to the Lebesgue measure on [0,1) for an appropriate generating function defined in terms of additive ...
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Exponential sums related to cusp forms

Let $$ f(z)=\sum_{n\geq 1} a_f(n) e^{2\pi n i z}$$ be a holomorphic newform on the upper half-plane of weight $k$ for $\Gamma_0(N)$ and of trivial character which is normalized so that $a_f(1)=1$. ...
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About sign changes of Li(x)-π(x)

Given a constant $C$, which are the best known upper bounds for the number of sign changes of the function $$ f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}, \ \ x \mapsto {\rm Li}(x)-\pi(x) $$ in the range ...
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On the multiplicative order of 2 mod primes - II

For $\kappa \in (0,1)$, let $\lambda(\kappa)$ be the density of primes $p$ having $\mathrm{ord}^{\times}_p{2} < \kappa p$. Does $\alpha := \liminf_{\kappa \to 0} \lambda(\kappa)/\kappa > 0$? ...
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Maximal order of Hooley's Delta function?

There is a large literature on Hooley's $$ \Delta(n)=\max_u\sum_{d|n,\ e^u\le d< e^{u+1}}1 $$ giving its normal and average order. What is known of its maximal order? Clearly $\Delta(n)\le d(n)$ ...
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Translation of an article by Wolfgang Schmidt on normality for real numbers in different bases.

I would greatly appreciate a pointer to a translation from German into English of the article by Wolfgang Schmidt, Über die Normalität von Zahlen zu verschiedenen Basen, from Acta Arithmetica VII, ...
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factorising an integer with certain bound on the factors

Can we count the no. of $x$ where $ p^{\alpha -1} < x < p^{\alpha}$ , $gcd(x, 2p)=1$ and if $d |x$ and $d < p ^{\beta}$ for some $1< \beta<\alpha-1$ then $ \frac {x} {d} > p^{\alpha ...
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Differential Galois number theory

Following http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/635659/can-the-error-term-involved-in-the-pnt-be-expressed-in-a-galois-theoretic-framew?noredirect=1#comment1341143_635659, I vainly tried to find ...
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Inequalities in paper by Jean Bourgain

The question refers to the following paper by Jean Bourgain: http://arxiv.org/abs/math-ph/0011053 Specifically, I can't derive the following inequality in (1.20): \begin{equation} ...
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“Must read ”papers on analytic number theory

Question: What would be some must-read papers for an aspiring analytic number theorist? In other words, what are the papers that any analytic number theorist would have read? (Background: ...
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Power free values of reducible polynomials

Browning in this paper proves that if $f \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ is an irreducible polynomial of degree $d \geq 3$ and $k$ is an integer $\geq 3d/4 + 1/4$, then we have $$\\#\{n \in \mathbb{Z} \cap [1, X] ...
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Estimate needed on a sum involving the prime counting function

Let $F(x) = \sum_{1 < n \leq x} (-1)^{\pi (n)}$ where $\pi (n) $ is the prime counting function. I am trying to understand how $ F(x) $ behaves as $ x \to \infty$. In particular, what are the ...
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Is this extension of the Selberg class trivial?

I came across the following modification of the Selberg class in some of my work (see below), and while I've moved on in some sense -- I submitted the paper in question -- I can't get it off of my ...
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generalization of the Brauer-Siegel bound?

For imaginary quadratic number fields $K$ of fundamental discriminant $-D$, the Brauer-Siegel theorem implies that the class number $h(D)$ of $K$ is "close" to $\sqrt{D}$, more precisely for any ...
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square-free parts of values of polynomials

Given a polynomial $f(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ of degree $d$, consider the following three sets: $$N_1(x) = \#\{k \leq x: f(k) \text{ is square-free}\}$$ $$N_2(x) = \#\{n \leq x: n = f(k) \text{ is ...
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The simple zero conjecture for the Riemann zeta function

The simple zero conjecture says that all zeros of the Riemann zeta function are simple. Suppose the conjecture is not true. Namely there is an $s$ in the complex plane such that $\zeta(s)=0$ and the ...
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Odds of projections of a point not on the hyperplane

Let $\mathcal{L}=\{\Bbb x\in\Bbb R^n:x_1+x_2+\dots+x_n=0\}$ be a specific hyperplane. Let a projection of $c\in\Bbb R^n$ be $p(c)=[p_1,p_2,\dots,p_n]$ where $p_i\neq c_i\implies p_i=0$. Let ...
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Prime divisors of the difference set

Fix $c\in(0,1)$, and let $N$ be a (large) positive integer. Given a set $A=\{0=a_1<\dots<a_n=N\}$ of density $\alpha:=n/N>c$ with $\gcd(A)=1$, I want to find a prime dividing as few ...
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Some identities with the Riemann-Hurwitz zeta function

The only definition that I have ever seen of this Riemann-Hurtwitz zeta-function is this, For $0 < a \leq 1$ we have the identity $$ \zeta(z, a) = \frac{2 \Gamma(1 - z)}{(2 \pi)^{1-z}} \left[\sin ...
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estimate for i-th smooth number, gap between consecutive smooth numbers

Does anyone know of the best estimates for $n_i$ and $n_{i+1}-n_i$ where $n_i$ is the $i-$th $y-$smooth number? The best I could find was Tijdemann's estimate for the gap in terms of ...
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Convergent series, asymptotics and truncation

In regard to the characteristics of certain "explicit formulae" arising in number theory, I am pondering the connection between the rate of convergence of series and the asymptotic order of the ...
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Off critical line zeros for half integer weight $L$-functions

Let $f(z) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty A(n)n^{\frac{k-1}{2}}e(nz)$ be a modular form of weight $k$ for a half integer $k$. Put $$L(s,f) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{A(n)}{n^s} $$ to be the $L$-function. Further ...
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Poles of products of Gamma functions

I want to know if there can be a general statement about the poles (Laurent expansion) of such products of Gamma functions as a function of $p \in \mathbb{R}$ in the limit $\epsilon \rightarrow 0$, ...
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linear independence of values of the polylogarithm at different roots of unity

I am interested in the real and imaginary part of the complex polylogarithm $$L_{k+1}(\zeta):=Re(\frac 1 {i^k}\sum_{m=1}^\infty \frac{\zeta^m}{m^{k+1}}),$$ where $\zeta$ is a primitive $n$-th root ...
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Goldbach-Waring problem - Bound on $N$ in Hua's theorem?

Current status of Waring-Goldbach problem http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waring%E2%80%93Goldbach_problem Wiki says that WG conjecture is that for every $k$, $\exists$ primes $p_{1}, p_{2}, \cdots ...
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Axioms for zeta functions

The Selberg class is an axiomatization of arithmetically significant zeta functions (a.k.a. L-functions) by a few analytic properties (functional equation etc.) However there do exist other zeta ...
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Pierpont primes

A Pierpont prime is a prime $p$ that can be written as $$p=2^u 3^v + 1.$$ What is known about Pierpont primes? I'm not a number theorist, and the best I can find is ...
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On the number N(x,y) of those integers n<x, with squarefree core k(n)<y

I'm asking something that may be trivial for those who are deeply into Analytic Number Theory, but unfortunately I'm still not into that set. The core $k(n)$ of an integer $n$ is the product of all ...
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In this prime counting identity, can this limit of a sum be expressed as integrals?

Here's the identity I'm working with. $E_{0}(n,b) = 1$ $E_{k}(n,b) = \displaystyle\sum_{j=2}^{\lfloor n \rfloor}E_{k-1}(\frac{n}{j},b)-b \sum_{j=1}^{\lfloor \frac{n}{b} \rfloor}E_{k-1}(\frac{n}{j ...
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Number of S-integer points inside high dimensional spheres

I am interested in the number of points inside high dimensional spheres, in fact for sets of the form $S(t,m)=\{x\in R^{n}:mx\in Z^{n}\ {\text{and}}\ ||x||^2\leq t(n)\}$ where $t(n)$ is a constant ...