Event Type:

Number Theory Seminar

Date/Time:

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 - 10:00 to 10:50

Location:

Zoom

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Institution:

UC Davis

Abstract:

If $O$ is the ring of integers in a number field, $PSL_n(O)$ is almost always generated by its elementary matrices. The only exceptions are when $n=2$ and $O$ is non-Euclidean, imaginary quadratic. In these cases, group presentations are computed algorithmically. There is no known, general formulation. That these algorithms eventually terminate (and when they terminate) follows from a bound on the complexity of a Ford domain associated to $PSL_2(O)$. We give a new upper bound on this complexity that comes within a power of $\log|\Delta|$ of the value in question, where $\Delta$ is the discriminant of $O$. This improves on the previous best-known upper bound by a factor of at least $\Delta^2$.

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