The lucky logarithmic derivative - talk on my work on sums of the divisor function in short intervals over function fields and its application to moments of L-functions, using the stable cohomology method
Applications of Exponential Sums - talk on my work with Emmanuel Kowalski and Philippe Michel proving exponential sum estimates with applications to moments of L-functions and level of distribution estimates for modular forms
Abstract: The cohomology of the space of degree d holomorphic maps from the complex projective line to a sufficiently nice algebraic variety is expected to stabilize as d goes to infinity. The limit is expected to be the cohomology of the double loop space, i.e. the space of degree d continuous maps from the sphere to that variety. This was shown for projective space by Segal, and there has been further subsequent work. In joint work with Tim Browning, we give a new approach to the problem for smooth affine hypersurfaces of low degree (which should also work for projective hypersurfaces, complete intersections, and/or higher genus curves), based on methods from analytic number theory. We take an argument of Birch that solves the number-theoretic analogue of this problem and translate it, step by step, into the language of ell-adic sheaf theory using the sheaf-function dictionary. This produces a spectral sequence that computes the cohomology, whose degeneration would imply that the rational compactly-supported cohomology matches that of the double loop space.
Abstract: We study the function field analogue of a classical problem in analytic number theory on the sums of the generalized divisor function in short intervals, in the limit as the degrees of the polynomials go to infinity. As a corollary, we calculate arbitrarily many moments of a certain family of L-functions, in the limit as the conductor goes to infinity. This is done by showing a cohomology vanishing result using a general bound due to Katz and some elementary calculations with polynomials. This method is based on work of Hast and Matei, except that thanks to a trick involving the logarithmic derivative, we are able to achieve a much smaller error term than is possible by this method for a "typical" problem of this type.
Abstract: Poonen and Voloch have conjectured that almost every degree d Fano hypersurface in Pn defined over the field of rational numbers satisfies the Hasse principle. In joint work with T. Browning and P. Le Boudec, we establish this conjecture under the mild assumption that n ≥ d + 1. This talk is the first of two talks. Our goal in this first talk will be to introduce our main results and to present the strategy of the proof.
Abstract: Sums of Kloosterman sums against other functions often arise in analytic number theory problems, but it is difficult to prove bounds when the length of the sum is below the square root of the modulus. In joint work with Emmanuel Kowalski and Philippe Michel, we proved a bound on bilinear forms in Kloosterman sums where the length is just below this range. This has applications to moments of L-values of modular forms and to the level of distribution of Eisenstein series. I will explain this result and discuss possible generalizations.
Abstract: The Riemann hypothesis over function fields is a theorem of Weil, with a more general form due to Deligne. This raises the hope of answering more precise questions on the zeroes of L- functions, such as the distribution of the zeroes in a suitable family of L-functions. Powerful results on this have been proved, starting with the book of Katz and Sarnak, but the theory is not yet complete, and it is an area of active research. I will survey the history, explain recent developments, and discuss what is in reach for the future.
Abstract: The breakthrough work of Marcus, Spielman, and Srivastava showed that every bipartite Ramanujan graph has a bipartite Ramanujan double cover. Chris Hall, Doron Puder, and I generalized this to covers of arbitrary degree. I will explain the proof, with emphasis on how group theory and representation theory are useful for this problem.
Abstract: I will explain the analogy between trace functions over finite fields defined by exponential sums and certain classical functions on the complex numbers defined by integrals of exponentials. There are close analogies, largely due to Katz, that sometimes allow one to guess results in one domain from results in the other. For instance, many important properties of Kloosterman sums are related to facts about Bessel functions. I will explain some of these correspondences, and how to use them to understand exponential sums.
Abstract: In joint work with Emmanuel Kowalski and Philippe Michel, we prove two different estimates on sums of coefficients of modular forms---one related to L-functions and another to the level of distribution. A key step in the argument is a careful analysis of vanishing cycles, a tool originally developed by Lefschetz to study the topology of algebraic varieties. We will explain why this is helpful for these problems.