Igusa zeta functions and Mahler measure

by K.W. van Urk

Institution: Universiteit Utrecht
Year: 2014
Keywords: Igusa zeta functions; Mahler measure
Record ID: 1262272
Full text PDF: http://dspace.library.uu.nl:8080/handle/1874/298982


Igusa zeta functions are a type of generating function that counts the number of solutions to polynomial equations, which can be written as an integral over the p-adic numbers. They were proven to be rational in 1974 by Igusa, a fact which since has been proven twice more using other sophisticated techniques. Mahler measure is a well-known invariant associated to Laurent polynomials. In my paper I prove some results about Igusa zeta functions, including a one-dimensional approximation theorem, discuss some intriguing connections to Mahler measure and then prove some results, which have been conjectured for Mahler measure, in the Igusa zeta function setting.