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Lower bounds on zeta(s+it) for fixed s

This is most probably widely known and discussed here many times, so I am preliminay sorry. Does Riemann conjecture imply some lower estimates on values, say $|\zeta(3/4+it)|$ for real $t$, when ...
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2d Weil conjecture

Does there exist a two variable analogue of the Weil conjecture? What I mean is that the usual Weil involves a one-variable zeta-function which you get by using numbers $V_n = V ( GF(p^n))$ of points ...
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bibl. q.s on Dwork's “p-adic cycles”, Mazur's “p-adic variations”:

Matthew Emerton mentioned recently the relevance of Dwork's "p-adic cycles". As I wonder if I should read that, reviews of it are ambiguous, I'd be happy on remarks and possible further bibl. hints. ...
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Dwork's use of p-adic analysis in algebraic geometry

Using p-adic analysis, Dwork was the first to prove the rationality of the zeta function of a variety over a finite field. From what I have seen, in algebraic geometry, this method is not used much ...
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Has the Weierstass transform been used to give Hermite series representations of the Riemann zeta function?

The inverse of the Weierstrass transform expands a function as a series of Hermite polynomials $H_{n}$. There are several ways to invert the Weierstrass transform which led me to the following ...
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Periods and L-values

A famous theorem of Euler is that Zeta(2n) is a rational number times pi^(2n). Work of Kummer, Herbrand, Ribet and others shows that the rational multiplier has number theoretic significance. For ...
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The work of E. Artin and F. K. Schmidt on (what are now called) the Weil conjectures.

I was reading Dieudonne's "On the history of the Weil conjectures" and found two things that surprised me. Dieudonne makes some assertions about the work of Artin and Schmidt which are no doubt ...
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Can the failure of the multiplicativity of Euler factors at bad primes be corrected?

Warning: This one of those does-anyone-know-how-to-fix-this-vague-problem questions, and not an actual mathematics question at all. If $X$ is a scheme of finite type over a finite field, then the ...
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PNT for general zeta functions, Applications of.

When I read it for the first time, I found the whole slog towards proving the Prime Number Theorem and the final success to be magnificent. So I am curious about more general results. We talk of ...
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Why does the Riemann zeta function have non-trivial zeros?

This is a very basic question of course, and exposes my serious ignorance of analytic number theory, but what I am looking for is a good intuitive explanation rather than a formal proof (though a ...
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Is it always possible to compute the Betti numbers of a nice space with a well-chosen Lefschetz zeta function?

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety. If I've understood correctly, the Weil conjectures imply that it is possible to compute the Betti numbers of $X(\mathbb{C})$ by computing the local zeta ...
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Fractional powers of Dirichlet series?

Let $R$ be the ring of Dirichlet series with integer coefficients. I'd often wondered about whether $R$ was a UFD; this post cleared that up, because it turns out that ...
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How does the order of a pole of a zeta function indicate any geometric information?

Here, I'm primarily concerced about zeta functions of hypersurfaces over fields of finite characteristic. Assume $F_q$ to be a finite field with q elements. Consider the zeta function of the ...
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Is there an analogue of the Lefschetz fixed point theorem for discrete dynamical systems?

Background/Motivation Let $(X, f)$ be a discrete dynamical system. For now, $X$ is just a set and $f$ is just a function $f : X \to X$. Suppose that $f^n$ has a finite number of fixed points for ...
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Universality of zeta- and L-functions

VoroninĀ“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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Zeta function for curves in a manifold

Motivation In the analogy between prime numbers and knots, the prime number is thought sometimes as the circle of length $l([p]) = \text{log}\,p$. This is so you can express the zeta function as $$ ...
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Why does the Gamma-function complete the Riemann Zeta function?

Defining $$\xi(s) := \pi^{-s/2}\ \Gamma\left(\frac{s}{2}\right)\ \zeta(s)$$ yields $\xi(s) = \xi(1 - s)$ (where $\zeta$ is the Riemann Zeta function). Is there any conceptual explanation - or ...
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What is the difference between a zeta function and an L-function?

I've been learning about Dedekind zeta functions and some basic L-functions in my introductory algebraic number theory class, and I've been wondering why some functions are called L-functions and ...
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Weil Conjectures for nonprojective algebraic varieties

If we replace projective variety with algebraic variety in the statement of the Weil conjectures what happens? To me it seems the statement still makes sense. But is it still true?
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Weil Conjectures for Grassmannians

To establish the Weil conjectures for $n$-dimensional projective space over a finite field is elementary. Does there exist a simple direct proof of the conjectures for finite field Grassmannians?
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The class number formula, the BSD conjecture, and the Kronecker limit formula

If K is a number field then the Dedekind zeta function Zeta_K(s) can be written as a sum over ideal classes A of Zeta_K(s, A) = sum over ideals I in A of 1/N(I)^s. The class number formula follows ...
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Is the maximum domain to which a Dirichlet series can be continued always a halfplane?

Let $f(s)=\sum_n a_n n^{-s}$ be a Dirichlet series whose coefficients satisfy $\lvert a_n\rvert\leq n^{C}$. Then $f(s)$ converges absolutely in some halfplanes, and is conditionally convergent in ...
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Castelnuovo Positivity (Rewrite of: Weil's original proof for FP^2)

Weil's proof of the Riemann Hypothesis for projective curves relies upon the following positivity result: Let $\mathbb{F}q$ be the finite field with $q$ elements, $\overline{\mathbb{F}q}$ its closure, ...
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Behaviour of Zeta-function under Finite Morphism

Let X ---> Y be a finite surjective morphism of smooth, projective, connected varieties over a finite field F_q. Can one describe the zeta function Z(X, t) in terms of the zeta-function Z(Y,t) of ...
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What is the field with one element?

I've heard of this many times, but I don't know anything about it. What I do know is that it is supposed to solve the problem of the fact that the final object in the category of schemes is ...
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What is the Beilinson regulator?

Trying to understand answer to this question. What is the (Beilinson) higher regulator of a number field?
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Why are functional equations important?

People who talk about things like modular forms and zeta functions put a lot of emphasis on the existence and form of functional equations, but I've never seen them used as anything other than a ...
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What's the correct notion of determinant of a bilinear pairing?

By a pairing on a vector space $V$, I mean a linear map $A : V \otimes V \to R$. If $V$ is $n$-dimensional ($n < \infty$), then I can define the determinant of $A$ by considering the canonical ...