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Mathematics of Computation

Published by the American Mathematical Society since 1960 (published as Mathematical Tables and other Aids to Computation 1943-1959), Mathematics of Computation is devoted to research articles of the highest quality in computational mathematics.

ISSN 1088-6842 (online) ISSN 0025-5718 (print)

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Computation of the zeros of $p$-adic $L$-functions
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by R. Ernvall and T. Metsänkylä PDF
Math. Comp. 58 (1992), 815-830 Request permission


The authors have computed the zeros of the Kubota-Leopoldt p-adic L-functions ${L_p}(s,\chi )$ for some small odd primes p and for a number of Dirichlet characters $\chi$. The zeros of the corresponding Iwasawa power series ${f_\theta }(T)$ are also computed. The characters $\chi$ (associated with quadratic extensions of the pth cyclotomic field) are chosen so as to cover as many different splitting types of ${f_\theta }(T)$ as possible. The $\lambda$-invariant of this power series, equal to its number of zeros, assumes values up to 8. The article is a report on these computations and their results, including the required theoretical background. Much effort is devoted to a study of the accuracy of the computed approximations.
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  • © Copyright 1992 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 58 (1992), 815-830
  • MSC: Primary 11R23; Secondary 11R42, 11Y70
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  • MathSciNet review: 1122068