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P-adic Analysis: A Short Course on Recent Work

P-adic Analysis: A Short Course on Recent Work

by Neal Koblitz, J. W. S. Cassels


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This introduction to recent work in p-adic analysis and number theory will make accessible to a relatively general audience the efforts of a number of mathematicians over the last five years. After reviewing the basics (the construction of p-adic numbers and the p-adic analog of the complex number field, power series and Newton polygons), the author develops the properties of p-adic Dirichlet L-series using p-adic measures and integration. p-adic gamma functions are introduced, and their relationship to L-series is explored. Analogies with the corresponding complex analytic case are stressed. Then a formula for Gauss sums in terms of the p-adic gamma function is proved using the cohomology of Fermat and Artin-Schreier curves. Graduate students and research workers in number theory, algebraic geometry and parts of algebra and analysis will welcome this account of current research.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521280600
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 05/15/2004
Series: London Mathematical Society Lecture Note Series , #46
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Basics; 2. p-adic functions, l-functions and r-functions; 3. Gauss sums and the p-adic gamma function; 4. p-adic regulators; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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