Christph Spiegel (FU Berlin)

2015/12/11, 13:00

Before the BMS Friday Colloquium by Prof. Julia Wolf

Before the BMS Friday Colloquium by Prof. Julia Wolf

Urania Berlin, at the BMS Loft (3rd floor)

Discrete Fourier analysis can be a powerful tool when studying the additive structure of sets. Sets whose characteristic functions have very small Fourier coefficients act like pseudo-random sets. On the other hand well structured sets (such as arithmetic progressions) have characteristic functions with a large Fourier coefficient. This dichotomy plays an integral role in many proofs in additive combinatorics from Roth?s Theorem and Gower?s proof of Szemer�di?s Theorem up to the celebrated Green-Tao Theorem. We will introduce the discrete Fourier transform of (balanced) characteristic functions of sets as well some basic properties, inequalities and exercises. No prior knowledge of combinatorics or number theory is necessary.