Questions about generalizations of the Riemann Zeta function of arithmetic interest whose definition relies on meromorphic continuation of special kinds of Dirichlet series, such as Dirichlet L-functions, Artin L-functions, elements of the Selberg class, automorphic L-functions, Shimizu L-functions, ...

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“Gross-Zagier” formulae outside of number theory

The Gross-Zagier formula and various variations of it form the starting point in most of the existing results towards the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture. It relates the value at $1$ of the ...
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Shortest/Most elegant proof for $L(1,\chi)\neq 0$

Let $\chi$ be a Dirichlet character and $L(1,\chi)$ the associated L-function evaluated at $s=1$. What would be the 'shortest' proof of the non-vanishing of $L(1,\chi)$? Background: The non-vanishing ...
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Special values of L-functions as periods

If $M$ is a pure motive over $\mathbb{Q}$, one cas define its $L$-function $L(M,s)$ which conjecturaly is a meromorphic function over $\mathbb{C}$ with finitely many poles. For example, when ...
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Why are Tamagawa numbers equal to Pic/Sha?

For a connected algebraic group $G$ over a global field $K$ with adeles $A$, the Tamagawa number of $G$ is the volume of $G(A)/G(K)$. It is conjectured (and often known) to be rational, namely the ...
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Underlying idea for (automorphic) L-function?

To preface, I am a student of automorphic representation theory, and I know full well the definition of the L-function attached to an automorphic representation. I am intending to give a talk on the ...
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Universality of zeta- and L-functions

Voronin´s Universality Theorem (for the Riemann zeta-Function) according to Wikipedia: Let $U$ be a compact subset of the "critical half-strip" $\{s\in\mathbb{C}:\frac{1}{2}<Re(s)<1\}$ with ...
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Iwasawa main conjectures vs Bloch-Kato conjectures

Let $p$ be a prime, $K$ be a number field, $S$ a finite set of finite places of $K$ containing the set $S_p$ of places above $p$ and the places at infinity, $G:=G_{K,S}$ the Galois group of the ...
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Modular forms and the Riemann Hypothesis

Is there any statement directly about modular forms that is equivalent to the Riemann Hypothesis for L-functions? What I'm thinking of is this: under the Mellin transform, the Riemann zeta function ...
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What is a path in K-theory space?

In a comment on Tom Goodwillie's question about relating the Alexander polynomial and the Iwasawa polynomial, Minhyong Kim makes the cryptic but tantalizing statement: In brief, the current view is ...
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Computing (on a computer) the first few (non-trivial) zeros of the zeta function of a number field.

Let $M$ be the splitting field of x^8 + 3*x^7 + 13*x^6 + 17*x^5 + 45*x^4 + 37*x^3 + 11*x^2 + 112*x + 108 over the rationals. If I've understood some tables ...
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Distinct simple zeros of Dirichlet L-functions

Given a finite set of distinct primitive Dirichlet characters, $\chi_1, \dots, \chi_r$, is it known that the product of the L-functions, $$L(s):=\prod_{i=1}^r L(s,\chi_i),$$ has a simple zero? It's ...
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Two-variable p-adic L-functions of elliptic curves

Suppose $K$ is an imaginary quadratic field (with class number 1, for simplicity), $p \ne 2$ a prime split in $K$, and $K_\infty$ the $\mathbb{Z}_p^2$-extension of $K$. If $E / \mathbb{Q}$ is an ...
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constants in Gamma factors in functional equation for zeta functions.

Usually the Riemann zeta function $\zeta(s)$ gets multiplied by a "gamma factor" to give a function $\xi(s)$ satisfying a functional equation $\xi(s)=\xi(1-s)$. If I changed this gamma factor by a ...
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Special values of $p$-adic $L$-functions.

This is a very naive question really, and perhaps the answer is well-known. In other words, WARNING: a non-expert writes. My understanding is that nowadays there are conjectures which essentially ...
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Stark's conjecture and p-adic L-functions

Not long back I asked a question about the existence of p-adic L-functions for number fields that are not totally real; and I was told that when the number field concerned has a nontrivial totally ...
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Nonvanishing of central L-values of quadratic twists?

Let $\pi$ be a cuspidal automorphic representation of GL(2) over a number field (if you want, assume it's $\mathbb Q$ and $\pi$ comes from a holomorphic modular form). In the case $\pi$ has trivial ...
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Special values of Artin L-functions

This question might be naive and might carry the heuristic that we are living in the best possible world a little too far. If so, I appreciate being told so. Background: Stark's conjecture interprets ...
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Beilinson conjectures

Continuing an amazingly interesting chain of answers about motivic cohomology, I thought I should learn about the Beilinson conjectures, referred there. I have found some references, and they seem to ...
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P-adic L-functions of nonabelian twists of elliptic curves

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve and $\rho$ an Artin representation of $\operatorname{Gal}(\overline{\mathbb{Q}} / \mathbb{Q})$. Then there is a "twisted L-function" $L(E, \rho, s)$, corresponding to the ...
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Decomposition of Tate-Shafarevich groups in field extensions

Suppose $E/\mathbb{Q}$ is an elliptic curve with rank zero. According to the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer, the special value $L(1,E_{/\mathbb{Q}})$ should be equal (up to some harmless ...
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p-adic L-functions

For modular forms, it is known that you can construct p-adic L-functions by interpolating (p-power conductor) twists of their associated L-functions at special values. Similarly, Kubota-Leopoldt's ...
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L-Functions of Varieties, Zeta Functions of Their Models

Let $k$ denote a number field, with algebraic closure $\bar{k}$. Take a smooth, projective variety $X$ over $k$. If $\mathfrak{p}$ is a prime of $k$, and $l$ is a rational prime different to the ...
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Is the Gouvea-Mazur problem related to symmetric square $L$-functions?

Here's an idea that I've found appealing but have never been able to get anywhere with. One way to frame the Gouvea-Mazur question (for lack of a better term, since the original conjecture by the ...
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Are there analogues of Beilinson's conjectures for motives with coefficients?

There's a body of wisdom (following Beilinson, Bloch, Deligne, ...) relating mixed Tate motives, motivic cohomology, algebraic K-theory, special values of L-functions, and polylogarithms. My ...
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Montgomery's pair correlation function without RH?

In the theory of the Riemann zeta function, Montgomery's Pair correlation function is defined as $$ F(\alpha) = \frac{1}{N(T)} \sum_{T < \gamma, \gamma' < 2T} T^{i \alpha (\gamma - \gamma')} ...
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Is the adjoint L-function on GL(m) holomorphic?

Let $\pi$ be an automorphic representation on GL($m$)/$\mathbb{Q}$. Define $$L(s,\pi,Ad):=\frac{L(s,\pi\times\overline{\pi})}{\zeta(s)}.$$ This is an L-function with euler products of degree $m^2-1$. ...
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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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Applications of Artin L-functions

Does anybody know a good reference which gives examples of applications of Artin L-functions to "elementary" number theory? Many thanks!
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On the relation of special values of motivic L functions and partial zetas

Let $K$ be a number field, $L$ a finite abelian extension and $\chi \in \widehat{Gal(L/K)}$ a (non-trivial) character. If we multiply out the associated Artin L-function $L(\chi,s)$ we can write this ...
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central/critical/special values of L-functions terminology

I have a question about the terminology for special values of L-functions. Is the following a correct description of standard usage: Suppose L(s) is an L-function which satisfies a functional ...
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How many L-values determine a modular form?

Suppose $f$ and $g$ are two newforms of certain levels, weights etc. If we know that L(f,n)=L(g,n) for all sufficiently large $n$, can we conclude that $f=g$? Same question when the forms have the ...
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Would Elliott-Halberstam conjecture follow from GRH?

The Wikipedia article about Elliott-Halberstam (EH for short) conjecture says that the so-called Bombieri-Vinogradov theorem, which is a weaker form of EH conjecture, is in some sense an averaged form ...
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Is the following the right definition of $L$-functions (on the Galois side)?

This question may be too elementary for this forum, but I have asked it on math stackexchange and didn't get an answer. I have now deleted it so there wouldn't be duplicates... Here is the question as ...
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reference help needed on a fact about poles of L-functions

Suppose $\pi$ and $\rho$ are cuspidal automorphic representations on $GL(n)$ and $GL(m)$ respectively. Then the L-function $L(s,\pi \times \rho)$ has a pole iff and $m=n$ and $\pi$ is isomorphic to ...
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Hodge Decompositions and Gamma Factors of Hasse--Weil L-Functions

Let $X$ be a projective variety over a number field $K$. If $\mathfrak{p}\unlhd\mathcal{O}_K$ is a prime ideal we can regard the Euler factor of its $m$th Hasse-Weil $L$-Function at $\mathfrak{p}$ as ...
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Tate's thesis for Artin L-functions

As far as I know, Tate's thesis has been successfully applied in two fronts: Hecke L-functions, by Tate and Iwasawa (and Teichmüller, Witt, Schmid) Automorphic L-functions, by Jacquet, Shalika, ...
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Zeroes of complete L-functions

Hello, Let $F$ and $G$ be two functions belonging in the Selberg class, $\Lambda_{F}$ and $\Lambda_{G}$ the complete L-functions associated to $F$ and $G$. I would like to know whether this assertion ...
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On Deligne's determinant of motives

This is a question about Deligne's conjecture on special values of L-functions. I have to confess that I've never understood the definition of the determinant which is supposed to give the right ...
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impact of Poincaré duality on functional equation

Given a variety $X/\mathbf{F}_q$ and a sheaf $\mathcal{F}$ on it, what is the relation of $L(X,\mathcal{F},T)$ and $L(X,D(\mathcal{F}),T)$?
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Abelian varieties and Selberg class

Hello everyone, I would like to know whether, assuming Selberg's orthonormality conjecture, it would be possible to establish a "natural" correspondence between abelian varieties and functions ...
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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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What are “fractional motives”?

Kirti Joshi's musings mention "fractional motives". Do you know what are they good for and what the current state of constructions is for them? Edit: Further cases of "fractional motives" as ...
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Existence of multi-variable p-adic L-functions

What's the "state of the art" in constructing multi-variable p-adic L-functions for number fields? More precisely: if K is a number field, and $K_{\infty} / K$ is an infinite Galois extension, ...
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Why are they called L-functions?

I was hoping to see this pop up on the recent big list question about etymology or terms and symbols. Since it has not, and I can't find an answer, I will ask: What is the reason for the $L$ in ...
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L-functions and random matrices

I am curious about the connection between properties of L-functions and random matrices, and about (if existent) function field versions of that. Do you know a survey or an other article where one ...
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Sufficient condition for Riemann Hypothesis?

Is there an L-function ($L_s=\sum_{n =1}^{\infty} \frac{a_n}{n^s}$) having a functional equation coming from a relation of the type [1]: $\sum_{n =1}^{\infty} a_n \; e^{-2\pi nx}= \frac{A}{x^k} ...
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Generalization of Watson's triple product

In Watson's thesis (page 51) we can find his beautiful triple product formula. My question is that does there exist a generalization of this formula? By generalization, I mean: If $\phi_n$'s are ...
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Main conjecture for elliptic curves

Suppose $E$ is an elliptic curve defined over $\mathbb{Q}$ with good ordinary reduction at a prime $p$. Then one can define nonnegative integers $ \lambda_{E}^{alg} $, $ \mu_{E}^{alg} $, $ ...
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Rankin-Selberg convolutions of motivic L-series

Background: Let $M_{f_i}, i=1,2$ be two modular motives associated to cusp forms $f_i \in S_{w_i}(\Gamma_0(N_i))$ of weight $w_i$ and level $N_i$ respectively. The Rankin-Selberg convolution ...
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A stupid question on automorphic l-function

This may be a silly question for experts in this area. But I am really suffering for not being able to compute local-L function of some automorphic representation. So, I post it hoping some ...