Number Theory Seminar

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  • Date: Friday, Sep 6th 2013 4:00pm
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Speaker: Riad Masri (Texas A&M University)

Title: Harmonic weak Maass forms and partition ranks

Abstract: The rank of an integer partition is the largest part minus the number of parts.  The notion of rank was introduced by Freeman Dyson to give a combinatorial explanation of Ramanujan’s famous partition congruences. Recent developments in the theory of harmonic weak Maass forms have led to new exact formulas for partition ranks. I will explain how these formulas can be combined with analytic methods to give asymptotics for partition ranks with power saving error terms.