Department of Mathematics

Prime Numbers II

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Professor Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Kowalski
Lecture Monday  13-15,  HG G 26.5
Coordinators Benny Löffel /

Jakob Ditchen

Exercise class
Thursday  14-15,  HG G 26.5

First lecture: February 18.

First exercise class: February 28.

Additional lectures on May 23 and May 30 at 2 pm in G 26.5.

Last "exercise class" on Thursday, May 16 at 10 am in G 26.1.

Course Description

This course will study some of the methods available for the study of the distribution of primes, with a focus on primes in interesting sequences and on different types of sums over primes. This will include an introduction to sieve methods and to Vinogradov's method of bilinear forms, and a survey of recent results, for instance of the results of Green and Tao on linear equations in primes.

The goal of the course is to obtain a familiarity with the basic ideas of sieve theory, and their applications, as well as the methods involving bilinear form estimates for estimating sums over primes.

The basic outline will be the following:
* Reminders concerning the distribution of primes in arithmetic progressions
* Sieve methods: Selberg sieve, large sieve, combinatorial sieve
* Applications of sieve methods
* Sums over primes: Vinogradov's approach
* The ternary Goldbach problem and other applications
* Survey of more recent results

This course is a continuation of the Prime Numbers I course in HS 2012.

Exercises and Solutions

Sample Solutions
Exercise Sheet 1


Requirements to sit the exam (Testatbedingung): No formal requirement. We expect you to regularly attend the lecture and exercise classes, to work on the exercise sets which will be published in irregular intervals and we encourage you to give a seminar-style talk/presentation during the exercise classes.

Please report any mistakes that you spot in the exercises / solutions.



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