The NT seminar takes place on Wednesday at 4pm in Horton HLT1.

Here is a campus plan.

January 10: No seminar!

January 17:

January 24:

Abstract. The lonely runner conjecture (1967) asserts that if m runners with distinct constant speeds run around a unit circle starting at a common time and place, then each runner will at some time be separated by a distance of at least 1/m from the others. We formulate the conjecture in a function field setting, and obtain some partial results. We interpret the question as a covering problem involving partial circulant matrices, and analyse the extremal problem using a combinatorial structure known as a sunflower. Joint with Luka RimaniÄ‡.

January 31:

Abstract: Vinogradov's celebrated theorem states that every sufficiently large odd integer is the sum of three primes. A conjecture of Artin, proved under GRH by Hooley, asserts that any given integer which is neither -1 nor a perfect square is a primitive root for infinitely many primes p. In this talk, we discuss recent work that combines the results of Vinogradov and Hooley, studying representations of odd integers as sums of three primes, which all have prescribed primitive roots. This is joint work with E. Sofos and P. Koymans (Leiden).

February 7:

Abstract: Sums of reciprocals of fractional parts have played a central role in number theory since the early 1900s. In this talk we present some results obtained by Le and Vaaler in 2013 for generalised sums of reciprocals of fractional parts. These results though, are conditional, since a strong generalised version of bad approximability is assumed for the linear forms involved. We shall show how to weaken this constraint and to make their result unconditional in a certain number of cases.

February 14:

Abstract: We show that given any 2-colouring of the natural numbers, there are infinitely many monochromatic solutions to x+y=z^2. The proof uses various results from additive combinatorics and analytic number theory. In particular we make use of the arithmetic regularity lemma of Green to find a long monochromatic arithmetic progression. By assuming that we have no monochromatic solutions to x+y=z^2 we can then apply an iterative argument to find longer and longer monochromatic arithmetic progressions, until we eventually reach a contradiction. This is joint work with Ben Green.

February 21:

Abstract: We will associate a "spin" to each ideal in certain quadratic number rings, and we will show how a number-field version of Vinogradov's method (a sieve involving "sums of type I" and "sums of type II") can be used to prove that spins of prime ideals oscillate. Such equidistribution results have applications to the distribution of 16-ranks of class groups in certain one-prime-parameter families of quadratic number fields.

February 28:

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March 21:

April 26:

Abstract: I will discuss several results concerting sums of reciprocals of fractional parts of arithmetical progressions as well as their relationship to basic results in Diophantine approximation and some techniques for obtaining upper bounds, in particular, the use of the so-called Three Distance Theorem. I will also explain the role of these sums in problems of uniform distribution and metric number theory and conclude the talk with some yet unanswered questions.

April 30:

Abstract: A theorem of Siegel asserts that every element of a number field which is totally positive, i.e. positive under each real embedding, can be expressed as a sum of four squares. This generalises the well-known fact that every positive rational is a sum of four squares. I will present an analogous representability result about elements which are p-adic integers under any embedding into \Q_p, as well as some of its consequences. This is joint work with Sylvy Anscombe and Arno Fehm.

Spring 2016

Autumn 2015

Spring 2015

Autumn 2014