Sup-norms, Whittaker Periods and Hypergeometric Sums

Joint IAS-PU Number Theory Seminar
Topic:Sup-norms, Whittaker Periods and Hypergeometric Sums
Speaker:Nicolas Templier
Affiliation:Princeton University
Date:Thursday, February 9
Time/Room:4:30pm - 5:30pm/Fine Hall -- 214

We begin with a survey of recent results on the problem of bounding the sup-norm of automorphic forms. If f is a cuspidal automorphic forms on a reductive group G it is classical to study its value distribution and in the particular the maximum of |f(g)| for all g in G. Then we will explain an approach to this problem via Whittaker periods. We establish a new formula for non-archimedean Whittaker functions. The formula involves 2F1 hypergeometric sums and generalizes classical results of Casselman and others. As an application we disprove a folklore conjecture on the sup-norm of GL(2) modular forms.