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Number Theory Seminar: A spectral theory approach to the Apollonian counting problem

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wifi event
Mar 22, 2022   10:00 am  
Christopher Lutsko (Rutgers)
Kevin Ford

Abstract: A classic problem in number theory and group theory is to count the number of points in a group orbit satisfying a particular cut-off. In 1982, Lax and Phillips used spectral theory to obtain accurate counts of such orbits in a particular context. In 2009 this method was generalized by Kontorovich to a wider class of counting problems, however this included a restriction on the groups considered. In this talk I will present this spectral approach to counting, how to remove the restriction, and how to generalize these problems. In doing so we will see how to apply these methods to the Apollonian counting problem. This is joint work in progress with Alex Kontorovich.

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