SMS scnews item created by Bill Unger at Wed 26 Aug 2009 1649
Type: Seminar
Distribution: World
Expiry: 27 Aug 2009
Calendar1: 27 Aug 2009 1605-1700
CalLoc1: Carslaw 535A

Computational Algebra Seminar: Watkins -- Dirichlet and Hecke characters and L-functions therein

Speaker: Mark Watkins
Title: Dirichlet and Hecke characters and L-functions therein
Time & Place: 4-5pm, Thursday 27 August, Carslaw 535

Dirichlet originally used Dirichlet characters to show that every
admissible arithmetic progression in the integers has infinitely
many primes. These were then generalised by Hecke to number fields,
where an analogous result is the Chebatorev density theorem concerning
splitting behaviour of ideals. With regard to class field theory, one
can additionally put prescribe a norm-component, which leads to the
so-called Hecke Grossencharacters, which are still multiplicative,
though no longer of finite order. These turn out to be related to
arithmetic (particularly complex multiplication) in various guises.
We give a leisurely introduction to this theory, explaining what is
now implemented in Magma.

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