COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Department of Mathematics and Statistics
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Mathematics Colloquium: L-Functions and Modular Forms


4:10pm Neill 5W

Matthew Jobrack

Washington State University

L-functions are complex-analytic invariants attached to certain arithmetic or geometric objects. Since Riemanns investigation of the zeta function, the zeros of L-functions have been known to be closely related to many problems in number theory. In this talk, we will first give an overview of the philosophy and construction of L-functions, as well as some of their applications. Then we will look specifically at L-functions attached to classical modular forms, and some recent results concerning the non-vanishing of these functions at the central point.