Visions in Arithmetic and Beyond: Celebrating Peter Sarnak's Work and Impact

Sign Patterns of the Mobius Function

Abstract: The Mobius function is one of the most important arithmetic functions. There is a vague yet well known principle regarding its randomness properties called the “Mobius randomness law". It basically states that the Mobius function should be orthogonal to any "structured" sequence. P. Sarnak suggested a far reaching conjecture as a possible formalization of this principle. He conjectured that "structured sequences" should correspond to sequences arising from deterministic dynamical systems. I will describe progress in recent years towards these conjectures, building on major advances in dynamics, additive combinatorics, and analytic number theory.

Date & Time

June 05, 2024 | 10:00am – 11:00am


Princeton University McDonnell A02


Tamar Ziegler, Hebrew University