Title: Nilsequences in Additive Combinatorics
Speaker: Professor Ben Green
Speaker Info: University of Cambridge and IAS
Brief Description:
Special Note: Note unusual time

Harmonic analysis has proved to be a very effective tool for studying additive questions in number theory. There are many problems, however, for which harmonic analysis does not provide enough information. For some of these problems success has been possible by considering, instead of simply the linear exponentials e^{2 \pi i theta n}, more exotic "harmonics" called nilsequences. The goal of this talk will be to explain (to a general mathematical audience) what nilsequences are, why they are needed, and how they have helped to solve concrete problems concerning primes. In particular we will outline a proof of an asymptotic for the number of quadruples p_1 < p_2 < p_3 < p_4 <= N of primes which lie in arithmetic progression. Joint work with T. Tao.
Date: Thursday, November 08, 2007
Time: 3:00pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Bryna Kra
Contact email: kra@math.northwestern.edu
Contact Phone: 847-491-5567
Copyright © 1997-2024 Department of Mathematics, Northwestern University.