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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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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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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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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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Primes and Parity

This problem is motivated by the polymath4 project. There, the aim was to find an efficient deterministic algorithm for finding a prime larger than $N$. The hope was to find a polynomial algorithm in ...
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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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Weyl law for Maass forms with nontrivial character

The classical Weyl law for $\Gamma = \mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})$ counts the number of Maass cusp forms on $\Gamma \backslash \mathbb{H}$ with Laplace eigenvalue less than $T$. This is originally due to ...
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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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Symmetric Fifth Power Lift of GL(2) Automorphic Form

Let $\pi$ be an automorphic representation of $GL(2)/\mathbb{Q}$. For simplicity, you can take it to be a Maass form for $SL(2,\mathbb Z)$. Kim, Shahidi, Gelbart-Jacquet prove that $$L(s, \pi, ...
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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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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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Approximation to a certain Weyl-sum

Let $ S(\alpha)=\sum_{x\leq X}\sum_{y\leq Y}e \left(\alpha x y^3 \right)$, for some $X,Y \geq 1$ and write $\alpha = a/q + \beta$ for $(a,q)=1$, as usual. For the 'classical' cubic Weyl-sum ...
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Lindelof Hypothesis implying Selberg Eigenvalue Conjecture?

(General) Lindelof Hypothesis which says for any $L$-function we have $$L(1/2+it)\ll Q(t)^{\epsilon}$$ for any $\epsilon>0$ where $Q(t)$ is the conductor of $L(s)$ at $t$. For a Maass form $\phi$ ...
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Eisenstein series over a definite division algebra

Let $D$ be the definite quaternion division algebra over $\mathbb{Q}$. $\mathcal{O}$ is a maximal order inside $D$, let's fix $\mathcal{O}$ to be the Hurwitz quaternion. Let ...
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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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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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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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“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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“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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“Forthcoming paper” of Goldston-Graham-Pintz-Yıldırım

The above-named authors of [1] and its (significantly different) published version [2] write: In a forthcoming paper, we will show how the methods here can be extended to prove corresponding ...
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Rankin-Selberg for Maass form GL(3)xGL(2)

Let $F$ be a Maass cusp form for $\mathrm{SL}(3,\mathbb{Z})$ (level 1 trivial character). Let $g$ be a Maass cusp form for $\Gamma_0(N)$ with character $\chi$ mod $N$. For convenience, you may assume ...
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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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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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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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Explicit bounds for exceptional zeros and/or $L(1,\chi)$ for real $\chi$

I would like to have an explicit upper bound (that is, one with explicit constants) for a possible real zero $\beta$ for $L(1,\chi)$ for real Dirichlet characters $\chi$. I need such a bound for real ...
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Constants for Rosser's Sieve

I am trying to apply Iwaniec's formulation of Rosser's sieve (here) to obtain nontrivial lower bounds for almost-primes in various sequences. These sequences have sieve dimension 1 (if $g(p)$ is the ...
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A Generalized Wiener-Ikehara Theorem with multiple poles on the line

One version of the Wiener-Ikehara Theorem says that if $$ f(s) = \sum \frac{a(n)}{n^s} $$ is a Dirichlet series with nonnegative coefficients that converges absolutely for $\text{Re}(s) > 1$ and ...
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What will be the consequences if second Hardy-Littlewood conjecture turns out to be true?

It is generally believed that the Second Hardy-Littlewood Conjecture is false. But it has not been proved (or disproved) yet. My question is, What would be the consequences if Second ...
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Zeta function double product

Is it possible to write the following double product in terms of the zeta function? \begin{align} &\prod_{i=1}^{\infty}\prod_{j=1}^{\infty} \frac{1}{1-(p_i\ p_j)^{-s}} \end{align} Extending the ...
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$x^2+1$ attaining almost prime values

Iwaniec, using the linear sieve, proved that $n^2+1$ can be a product of at most two primes infinitely often and furthermore a lower bound of the correct order of magnitude for the number of such ...
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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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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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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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Best known bounds on certain exponential sums

What are the best bounds currently known for the following exponential sum: $$\sum_{x < p \le 2x} e(\alpha p^k)$$ for values of $\alpha$ far from a rational with small denominator. ($p$ refers ...
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Equivalence of Euler products of Dirichlet series and Meromorphic continuation

Suppose $(f_n(s))_n$ and $(g_n(s))_n$ are two sequences of Dirichlet series with positive coefficients such that $\exists \alpha\in\mathbb R$ such that for all $s\in\mathbb C$ with $\Re(s)>\alpha$ ...
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Is there a hidden symmetry in the prime numbers distribution?

Under Goldbach's conjecture, let's consider once again the map $r_0\colon n\mapsto r_{0}(n)$ such that $r_{0}(n)$ is the smallest non negative integer $r$ such that both $n-r$ and $n+r$ are prime. ...
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The divisors of $p-1$ and high-degree residues modulo $p$

Here is a somewhat more explicit version of a question that I asked a while ago. Suppose that $p$ is a prime of the form $p=2n(n+1)+1$, with a positive integer $n$. Can every odd prime divisor of ...
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Why believe the Elliott-Halberstam conjecture?

I have seen justifications for various conjectures in analytic number theory, e.g. the (generalized) Riemann hypothesis, the Chowla conjectures, etc. justified by a heuristics in which the relevant ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ramanujan conjecture and covariance of Kloosterman sums

There has been interest in moments and covariances/correlations of Kloosterman sums $S(m,n,c)=\sum_{ad=1\ (\text{mod}\ c)} e(\frac{ma+nd}{c})$ like $\sum_{m\in\mathbb F_c} S(m,n,c)^k$, ...