Mahler Lectures — University of Sydney

Name:Mahler Lectures — University of Sydney
Calendar:1-day meetings & lectures
When:Fri, August 26, 2011, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

AMSI logo This year's Mahler Lecturer is Peter Sarnak, of Princeton University. He will be visiting various Australian universities throughout August 2011.

Colloquium: Friday 26 Aug., 14:30; Room 175, Carslaw Building, University of Sydney.

Title: Zeroes and nodal lines of modular forms


photo of Peter Sarnak, by Cliff Moore Professor Peter Sarnak grew up in South Africa and moved to the US to study at Stanford University, where he obtained his PhD in mathematics in 1980. After appointments at the Courant Institute, New York, and Stanford, he moved to Princeton in 1991 where he has been ever since. Currently he is both the Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University and Professor at the the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 2002, he was made a member of the National Academy of Sciences in the USA and a Fellow of the Royal Society.


One of the consequences of the recent proof by Holowinski and Soundararajan of the holomorphic "Quantum Unique Ergodicity Conjecture" is that the zeros of a classical holomorphic Hecke cusp forms become equidistributed as the weight of the form goes to infinity. We review this as well as some finer features (first discovered numerically) concerning the locations of the zeros as well as of the nodal lines of the analogous Maass forms.The latter behave like ovals of random real projective plane curves, a topic of independent interest.

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