Starts 12 Jun 2019 14:30
Ends 12 Jun 2019 15:30
Central European Time
ICTP
Leonardo Building - Luigi Stasi Seminar Room
Abstract: It has long been known that the distribution of the prime numbers is intimately connected to the distribution of the zeros of the Riemann zeta-function. Much information can be obtained from the horizontal distribution of zeros, but finer information about primes seems to be connected to the vertical distribution of zeros. By studying the pair correlation of the normalized spacing between the zeros, Montgomery was lead to the conjecture that the statistics of vertical spacings should follow the GUE distribution from random matrix theory. I will survey some of the methods used to prove the existence of large and small gaps between zeros of the zeta function, highlighting the state-of-the-art and the limitations. I will also discuss some recent joint work (with Hung Bui and Dan Goldston) were we prove the existence of small gaps between distinct zeros of the zeta function, a result that previous methods seem incapable of establishing.