COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics

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Mathematics Colloquium: L-functions in arithmetic, conjectures and examples

2009-02-12

4:10 pm; Neill Hall 5W

Jennifer Johnson-Leung

Abstract: The special values of L-functions are expected to encode a wealth of arithmetic information. In some special cases, we know that this is in fact the case. In this talk, we will explain the notion of an L-function and provide motivation for the sweeping special values conjectures made in the 1980s by Beilinson, Bloch, Deligne, and Kato. We will also examine a proven case of these conjectures.

Jennifer Johnson-Leung is a faculty in the Department of Mathematics at University of Idaho.