 Location
 MSRI: Simons Auditorium
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 Abstract
For a nonprincipal Dirichlet character $\chi$ modulo $q$, the classical P\'olyaVinogradov inequality asserts that $M(\chi):=\max_{x}\sum_{n\leq x} \chi(n)=O\left(\sqrt{q}\log q\right)$. This was improved to $\sqrt{q}\log\log q$ by Montgomery and Vaughan, assuming the Generalized Riemann hypothesis GRH. For quadratic characters, this is known to be optimal, owing to an unconditional omega result due to Paley. In this talk, we shall present recent results on higher order character sums. In the first part, we discuss even order characters, in which case we obtain optimal omega results for $M(\chi)$, extending and refining Paley's construction. The second part, joint with Sasha Mangerel, will be devoted to the more interesting case of odd order characters, where we build on previous works of Granville and Soundararajan and of Goldmakher to provide further improvements of the P\'olyaVinogradov and MontgomeryVaughan bounds in this case. In particular, assuming GRH, we are able to determine the order of magnitude of the maximum of $M(\chi)$, when $\chi$ has odd order $g\geq 3$ and conductor $q$, up to a power of $\log_4 q$ (where $\log_4$ is the fourth iterated logarithm).
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