Title: Moments of Dirichlet L-functions
Abstract: In recent decades there has been much interest and measured progress in the study of moments of the Riemann zeta-function and, more generally, of various L-functions. Despite a great deal of effort spanning over a century, asymptotic formulas for moments of L-functions remain stubbornly out of reach in all but a few cases. In this talk, we consider the problem for the family of all Dirichlet L-functions of even primitive characters of bounded conductor. I will outline how to harness the asymptotic large sieve to prove an asymptotic formula for the general 2kth moment of an approximation to this family. The result, which assumes the generalized Lindelöf hypothesis for large values of k, agrees with the prediction of Conrey, Farmer, Keating, Rubenstein, and Snaith. Moreover, it provides the first rigorous evidence beyond the so-called “diagonal terms” in their conjectured asymptotic formula for this family of L-functions.