LMS Durham Symposium on Computational Number Theory
24 July - 3 August 2000

Real zeros of real odd Dirichlet L-functions and class numbers of imaginary quadratic fields

Mark WATKINS (Georgia)

Abstract: We describe a method due to Low in the 1960s to show via computation that a real odd Dirichlet L-function has no real positive zeros. Then we say how we extended his results, and how the resulting experimental data helped us in the resolution of the class number 16 problem for imaginary quadratic fields.

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