Kloosterman sums and Siegel zeros

Joint IAS/Princeton University Number Theory Seminar
Topic:Kloosterman sums and Siegel zeros
Speaker:James Maynard
Affiliation:Member, School of Mathematics
Date:Thursday, September 28
Time/Room:4:30pm - 5:30pm/Fine 214, Princeton University

Kloosterman sums arise naturally in the study of the distribution of various arithmetic objects in analytic number theory. The 'vertical' Sato-Tate law of Katz describes their distribution over a fixed field $\mathbb F_p$, but the equivalent 'horizontal' distribution as the base field varies over primes remains open. We describe work showing cancellation in the sum over primes if there are exceptional Siegel-Landau zeros. This is joint work with Sary Drappeau, relying on a fun blend of ideas from algebraic geometry, the spectral theory of automorphic forms and sieve theory.