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Number Theory Seminar

Thursday, January 12, 2023
4:00pm to 5:00pm
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Linde Hall 387
Square root p-adic L-functions
Michael Harris, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University,

The Ichino-Ikeda conjecture, and its generalization to unitary groups by N. Harris, gives explicit formulas for central critical values of a large class of Rankin-Selberg tensor products. The version for unitary groups is now a theorem, and expresses the central critical value of $L$-functions of the form $L(s,\Pi \times \Pi')$ in terms of squares of automorphic periods on unitary groups. Here $\Pi \times \Pi'$ is an automorphic representation of $GL(n,F)\times GL(n-1,F)$ that descends to an automorphic representation of $U(V) \times U(V')$, where $V$ and $V'$ are hermitian spaces over $F$, with respect to a Galois involution $c$ of $F$, of dimension $n$ and $n-1$, respectively.

I will report on the construction of a $p$-adic interpolation of the automorphic period — in other words, of the square root of the central values of the $L$-functions — when $\Pi'$ varies in a Hida family. The construction is based on the theory of $p$-adic differential operators due to Eischen, Fintzen, Mantovan, and Varma.

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