Convolution and Equidistribution by Nicholas M. Katz
(Annals of Mathematics Studies)

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Convolution and Equidistribution explores an important aspect of number theory--the theory of exponential sums over finite fields and their Mellin transforms--from a new, categorical point of view. The book presents fundamentally important results and a plethora of examples, opening up new directions in the subject.

The finite-field Mellin transform (of a function on the multiplicative group of a finite field) is defined by summing that function against variable multiplicative characters. The basic question considered in the book is how the values of the Mellin transform are distributed (in a probabilistic sense), in cases where the input function is suitably algebro-geometric. This question is answered by the book's main theorem, using a mixture of geometric, categorical, and group-theoretic methods.

By providing a new framework for studying Mellin transforms over finite fields, this book opens up a new way for researchers to further explore the subject.

 

About Nicholas M. Katz

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Nicholas M. Katz is professor of mathematics at Princeton University. He is the author or coauthor of six previous titles in the Annals of Mathematics Studies: "Arithmetic Moduli of Elliptic Curves "(with Barry Mazur); "Gauss Sums, Kloosterman Sums, and Monodromy Groups"; "Exponential Sums and Differential Equations"; "Rigid Local Systems"; "Twisted L-Functions and Monodromy;" and "Moments, Monodromy, and Perversity."
 
Published January 24, 2012 by Princeton University Press. 208 pages
Genres: Professional & Technical, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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