Mike Roth (Queen's University)


Tuesday September 26, 2023
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Jeffery Hall, Room 319

Number Theory Seminar

Tuesday, September 26th, 2023

Time: 4:00 p.m.  Place: Jeffery Hall, Room 319

Speaker: Mike Roth (Queen's University)

Title: The Bugeaud-Corvaja-Zannier theorem and extensions.

Abstract: Two integers a and b are called multiplicatively independent if the only solution (m,n) to a^m = b^n is (m,n)=(0,0). In 2003 Bugeaud, Corvaja, and Zannier proved that, if a and b are multiplicatively independent, then for every epsilon > 0 the inequality log gcd(a^n -1, b^n -1) < (epsilon) n holds for all but finitely many n > 0. In this talk we will discuss the BCZ result and give a new proof of their theorem. This proof makes it easier to see the key ingredients which make the argument work. The method of proof applies equally well to prove an extension of the theorem due to Corvaja and Zannier, and a more general extension due to Aaron Levin.

This is joint work with David McKinnon at Waterloo.