PhD Thesis Defense-Paul Bruno (March 24, 2016)

Thursday, March 24, 2016 (10:00 a.m. in Yost 306)

Title: Rademacher Sums, Hecke Operators, and Moonshine

Student: Paul Bruno

Advisor: John Duncan (Assistant Professor, Emory University)

Committee Members: David Singer, Elisabeth Werner, and Colin McLarty (Philosophy)

Abstract: In this talk, we analyze the actions of Hecke operators on Rademacher sums. To investigate the problem, we consider the coefficients of the Fourier expansion of a Rademacher sum. We derive explicit formulae for these coefficients and prove a number of relationships between them. Using this analysis, we identify distinguished families of Hecke operators for a large class of discrete groups of isometries of the hyperbolic plane.

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