Zeta-functions in number theory are functions belonging to a class of analytic functions of a complex variable, comprising Riemann's zeta-function, its generalizations and analogues. Zeta-functions and their generalizations in the form of -functions (cf. Dirichlet -function) form the basis of modern analytic number theory. In addition to Riemann's zeta-function one also distinguishes the generalized zeta-function , the Dedekind zeta-function, the congruence zeta-function, etc.
Riemann's zeta-function is defined by the Dirichlet series
which converges absolutely and uniformly in any bounded domain of the complex -plane for which , . If , a valid representation is the Euler product
where runs through all prime numbers.
The identity of the series (1) and the product (2) is one of the fundamental properties of . It makes it possible to obtain numerous relations connecting with important number-theoretic functions. E.g., if ,
Here is the number of primes , is the (von) Mangoldt function, is the Möbius function, is the number divisors of the number , is the number of different prime factors of , and is the Liouville function. This accounts for the important role played by in number theory. As a function of a real variable, was introduced in 1737 by L. Euler , who proved that it could be expanded into the product (2). The function was subsequently studied by P.G.L. Dirichlet and also, with extraordinary success, by P.L. Chebyshev  in the context of the problem of the distribution of prime numbers. However, the most deeply intrinsic properties of were discovered later, as a result of studying it as a function of a complex variable. This was first accomplished in 1876 by B. Riemann , who demonstrated the following assertions.
a) permits analytic continuation to the whole complex -plane, in the form
where is the gamma-function and
b) is a regular function for all values of except for , where it has a simple pole with residue one, and it satisfies the functional equation
This equation is known as Riemann's functional equation. For the function
introduced by Riemann for studying the zeta-function and now known as Riemann's -function, this equation assumes the form
while if one puts
it assumes the form
This last function is distinguished by the fact that it is an even entire function which is real for real , and its zeros on the real axis correspond to the zeros of on the straight line .
c) Since for , by (4) this function has only simple zeros at the points , in the half-plane . These zeros are known as the trivial zeros of . Also, for . Thus, all non-trivial zeros of are complex numbers, lying symmetric with respect to both the real axis and the vertical line and situated inside the strip . This strip is known as the critical strip.
Riemann also stated the following hypotheses.
1) The number of zeros of in the rectangle , can be expressed by the formula
2) Let run through the non-trivial zeros of . Then the series is convergent, while the series is divergent.
3) The function can be represented in the form
Then, for ,
where is the integral logarithm:
5) All non-trivial zeros of lie on the straight line .
Subsequent to Riemann, the problem on the value distribution and, in particular, the zero distribution of the zeta-function became very widely known and was studied by a large number of workers. Riemann's hypotheses 2 and 3 were proved by J. Hadamard in 1893, and it was proved that, in hypothesis 3, and , where is the Euler constant; hypotheses 1 and 4 were established in 1894 by H. von Mangoldt, who also obtained the following important analogue of (5) for prime numbers. If
then, for ,
where runs through the non-trivial zeros of , while the symbol denotes the limit of the sum as . This formula shows, similarly to formula (5), that the problem of the distribution of primes in the natural number series is closely connected with the location of the non-trivial zeros of the function .
The last hypothesis (hypothesis 5) has not yet (1993) been proved or verified. This is the famous Riemann hypothesis on the zeros of the zeta-function.
The function is unambiguously defined by its functional equation. More exactly, any function which can be represented by an ordinary Dirichlet series and which satisfies equation (4) coincides, under fairly broad conditions with respect to its regularity, with , up to a constant factor .
and is constant, the approximate functional equation
obtained in 1920 by G.H. Hardy and J.E. Littlewood , is valid for , , , . This equation is important in the modern theory of the zeta-function and its applications. There exist general methods by which such results may be obtained not only for the class of zeta-functions, but in general for Dirichlet functions with a Riemann-type functional equation (3). The most complete result in this direction has been shown in ; in the case of it leads, for any with , to the relation
where is the incomplete gamma-function. For
one obtains the approximate equation (6); for this relation becomes identical with the initial formula (3).
The principal problem in the theory of the zeta-function is the problem of the location of its non-trivial zeros and, in general, of its values within the range . The main directions of research conducted on the zeta-function include: the determination of the widest possible domain to the left of the straight line where ; the problem of the order and of the average values of the zeta-function in the critical strip; estimates of the number of zeros of the zeta-function on the straight line and outside it, etc.
The first non-trivial result on the boundary for the zeros of the zeta-function was obtained in 1896 by Ch.J. de la Vallée-Poussin, who showed that there exists a constant such that
Other related approximations are connected with the approximate equation (6) and with the development of methods for estimating trigonometric sums.
The most powerful method for making estimates of this kind must be credited to I.M. Vinogradov (cf. Vinogradov method). The latest (to 1978) bound on the boundary of the zero-free domain for the zeta-function was obtained by Vinogradov in 1958 . It is of the form (7) with . The formula
is the corresponding statement for prime numbers. There exists a certain connection between the growth of the modulus of the function and the absence of zeros in a neighbourhood of the straight line . Thus, (7) with is the result of the estimates
It is known, on the other hand , that
and, if Riemann's hypothesis is valid, these bounds should not exceed and , respectively.
The order of the zeta-function in the critical strip is the greatest lower bound of the numbers such that . If , , and if , then . The exact values of the function for are unknown. According to the simplest assumption (the Lindelöf hypothesis)
This is the equivalent to the statement that
If , the estimate is valid.
The most recent known estimate of on the straight line  deviates strongly from the expected estimate (8); it has the form
The problem on the average value of the zeta-function consists in determining the properties of the function
as for any given and . The results have applications in the study of the zeros of the zeta-function, and in number theory directly.
It has been proved  that
If , ,
For , all that is known is that if ,
where is the number of multiplicative representations of in the form of positive integers, and that the asymptotic relation
is the equivalent of Lindelöf's hypothesis for .
An important part in the theory of the zeta-function is played by the problem of estimating the function which denotes the number of zeros of for , . Modern estimates of are based on convexity theorems of the average values of analytic functions, applied to the function
If, for some , ,
as , uniformly for , where is a positive non-increasing function with bounded derivative and is a constant, then
uniformly for .
It is also known that if, for ,
then, uniformly for ,
These two assumptions made it possible to obtain the following density theorems on the zeros of the zeta-function:
for , and
The zeros of the zeta-function on the straight line .
According to the Riemann hypothesis, all non-trivial zeros of the zeta-function lie on the straight line . The fact that this straight line contains infinitely many zeros was first demonstrated in 1914 by Hardy  on the base of Ramanujan's formula:
The latest result is to be credited to A. Selberg (1942) : The number of zeros of of the form satisfies the inequality
This means that the number of zeros of the zeta-function on the straight line has the same order of increase as the number of all non-trivial zeros:
For the zeros of the zeta-function on this straight line, a number of other results are also known. The approximate functional equation actually makes it possible to compute (to a certain degree of accuracy) the values in which the zeta-function is zero closest to the real axis. With the aid of this method, a computer may be employed to find the zeros of in the rectangle , . Their number is , and they all lie on the straight line . The ordinates of the first six zero-points, accurate to within the second digit to the right of the decimal point, are 14.13; 21.02; 25.01; 30.42; 32.93; and 37.58.
In general, the distance between contiguous zeros of has been estimated in Littlewood's theorem (1924): For any sufficiently large the function has a zero point such that
The generalized zeta-function is defined, for , by the series
For it becomes identical with Riemann's zeta-function. The analytic continuation to the entire plane is given by the formula
where the integral is taken over a contour which is a path from infinity along the upper boundary of a section of the positive real axis up to some given , then along the circle of radius counterclockwise, and again to infinity along the lower boundary of the section. The function is regular everywhere except at the point , at which it has a simple pole with residue one. It plays an important part in the theory of Dirichlet -functions , .
Dedekind's zeta-function is the analogue of Riemann's zeta-function for algebraic number fields, and was introduced by R. Dedekind .
Let be an algebraic number field of degree , where is the number of real fields and is the number of complex-conjugated pairs of fields in ; further, let be the discriminant, the number of divisor classes, and the regulator of the field , and let be the number of roots of unity contained in .
Dedekind's zeta-function of the field is the defined by the series
where runs through all integral non-zero divisors of and is the norm of the divisor . This series converges absolutely and uniformly for , , defining an analytic function which is regular in the half-plane .
If , then
where is the number of integral divisors of with norm ; , where is the number of multiplicative representations of by natural factors.
If , Euler's identity
holds, where runs through all prime divisors of .
Main properties of Dedekind's zeta-function.
1) is regular in the entire complex plane except at the point , at which it has a simple pole with residue
2) satisfies the functional equation
3) If , the function has a zero of order at the point ; if ; at the points , Dedekind's zeta-function has zeros of order ; at the points for it has zeros of order , while for it is non-zero. These are the trivial zeros of the function .
4) All other zeros of lie in the critical strip .
The basic hypothesis is that all non-trivial zeros of lie on the straight line . It has been proved that has no zeros on the straight line . Moreover, there exists an absolute positive constant , as well as a constant depending on the parameters of , with the following property:
In general, if the parameters of are given, many results analogous to those for Riemann's zeta-function apply to . However, in the general case the theory of Dedekind's zeta-function is more complicated, since it also comprises the theory of Dirichlet -functions. Thus, it is not yet (1978) known if Dedekind's zeta-functions have real zeros between 0 and 1. The exact dependence between Dedekind's zeta-functions and -series of a rational field has the following form. Let be the minimal Galois field containing ; let be the Galois group of , the class number of and the prime characters of , . Then
where is Riemann's zeta-function, are Artin's -series and are positive integers determined by the properties of the relative group of the field . In particular, if is a cyclotomic extension, then , , , and Artin's -series become ordinary Dirichlet -series.
Dedekind's zeta-functions of a divisor class of the field , denoted by , are considered in parallel with Dedekind's zeta-function . These functions are defined by the same series as , but runs not through all, but only through the integral divisors belonging to the given class . The properties of the functions resemble those of . The following formula is valid:
Dedekind's zeta-functions are the basis of the modern analytic theory of divisors of algebraic number fields. There they play the role played by Riemann's zeta-function in the theory of numbers of the rational field.
The congruence zeta-function or the Artin–Schmidt zeta-function (see Zeta-function in algebraic geometry, below) is the analogue of Dedekind's zeta-function for fields of algebraic functions in a single variable and with a finite field of constants.
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To date (1993), the sharpest known zero-free region is given by the following theorem [a1]: There is an absolute constant such that for
By numerical computations combined with analytic theory it has been shown that the first non-trivial zeros of are precisely on the line , [a4].
N. Levinson has shown that at least -rd of the non-trivial zeros of are indeed on , [a5].
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The zeta-function in algebraic geometry is an analytic function of a complex variable describing the arithmetic of algebraic varieties over finite fields and schemes of finite type over . If is such a scheme, is the set of its closed points and denotes the number of elements of the residue field of a point , then the zeta-function is given by the Euler product
This converges absolutely if , it admits meromorphic continuation to the half-plane , and has a pole at the point . If , then is Riemann's zeta-function, and if is finite over , then is Dedekind's zeta-function of the respective number field.
The situation when is an algebraic variety defined over a finite field has been the most thoroughly studied. In this case
where is the degree of the field over the field , and the function defined by
is usually considered instead of the function . If is the number of rational points of the variety in the field , it has been proved  that
Such zeta-functions were first introduced for the case of algebraic curves (in analogy with algebraic number fields) in 1924 by E. Artin , who noted that they are rational functions in and that in certain cases an analogue of the Riemann hypothesis on zeros is valid for such functions. This analogue was named the Artin hypothesis. It was demonstrated in 1933 by H. Hasse for curves of genus one (for genus zero the situation is trivial), and by A. Weil (1940) for curves of arbitrary genus with the aid of results of the theory of Abelian varieties (cf. Abelian variety), mainly created by him with this purpose in view , .
Weil  considered zeta-functions of arbitrary algebraic varieties and pointed out a hypothesis generalizing the then known results for curves. His studies are based on the observation that the set of points of the variety which are rational in , is also the set of fixed points of the -th power of the Frobenius endomorphism of this variety. Weil's first conjecture says that the category of algebraic varieties over finite fields admits a cohomology theory which satisfies all the formal properties required to obtain the Lefschetz formula. If are the cohomology groups of such a theory, it follows from the Lefschetz formula that
where and are the characteristic polynomials of the mapping induced by the Frobenius endomorphism on the Weil cohomology . In particular, the function is rational.
According to Weil's second conjecture, the function must satisfy a functional equation. For a smooth projective variety this equation reads
where is the Euler characteristic, equal to . (This hypothesis is a formal consequence of the existence of a cohomology.) B. Dwork  proved that the zeta-function is rational for all , using a method not involving cohomology. The cohomology theory predicted by Weil was created in 1958 by A. Grothendieck (cf. Weil cohomology; Topologized category; -adic cohomology). Grothendieck, together with M. Artin, demonstrated both Weil conjectures for smooth projective varieties, the polynomials having, in general, integral -adic coefficients which depend on the selection of the prime number which forms the basis of the theory. It is assumed that the coefficients are in fact integers which are independent of and, in general, of the choice of the cohomology theory. This postulate is widely known as Weil's third conjecture. Finally, Weil's fourth conjecture (and last one) refers to the zeros of the polynomials regarded as integral algebraic numbers (the Riemann hypothesis):
All these conjectures were demonstrated by P. Deligne .
The principal applications of Weil's conjectures in number theory deal with the study of congruences. Already in the case of curves, Weil's theorem entails the best estimate of a rational trigonometric sum in one variable . These estimates were generalized to include sums involving any number of variables. Another important application of this theory are estimates of the Fourier coefficients of modular forms (cf. Modular form) (the Ramanujan–Peterson problem , ).
In fact, the above results are special cases of much more general theorems about arbitrary -functions connected with representations of Galois groups of coverings of the variety or, more generally, with some -adic sheaf on , . These functions serve as analogues of the -functions known in the algebraic number theory on arbitrary schemes. Now, let be a scheme of finite type over such that its general fibre is a non-empty algebraic variety over the field of rational numbers . One conjectures that the zeta-functions have meromorphic continuations to the entire -plane and satisfy a functional equation. The hypothetical form of such an equation was proposed in . However, at the time of writing (1978) the conjecture has been proved in very special cases only (rational surfaces, algebraic curves uniformizable by modular functions and Abelian varieties with complex multiplication ). As regards the analogue of the Riemann hypothesis, it has not even been formulated yet for the situation considered.
New ideas on the study of zeta-functions were contributed by J. Birch, P. Swinnerton-Dyer  and J. Tate . In formulating the respective conjectures, it should be borne in mind that the function is the product of the zeta-functions of the fibres of the mapping . These fibres, which are varieties over finite fields, can, according to Weil's conjecture, be decomposed into polynomials. Multiplying these expansions through, one obtains an analogous representation for the zeta-function:
According to the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer, the order of the zero of the function at the point is equal to the rank of the group of rational points of the Picard variety (which, by virtue of the Mordell–Weil theorem, is finite). Accordingly, this conjecture assumes that meromorphic continuation of the zeta-function is possible as conjectured.
In its original form, the conjecture of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer was demonstrated for elliptic curves over the field , as a result of the study of extensive tables of curves with complex multiplication . Subsequently there was suggested a hypothetical value of the coefficient at the appropriate power of the variable in the expansion of the function in a neighbourhood of the point . It should be equal to
where is the assumed finite order of the Shafarevich–Tate group of the locally trivial principal homogeneous space of the variety , is the determinant of the bilinear form on the group of rational points of the variety , which is obtained from the height (cf. Height, in Diophantine geometry) of points, and and are the orders of the torsion subgroups in the group of rational points on and the dual Abelian variety. This expression generalizes the expression for the residue of the Dedekind zeta-function at the point which is familiar in algebraic number theory. One difficulty involved in demonstrating the Birch–Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture is the fact that group has not yet (1978) been fully computed for any curve. The analogue of the hypothesis has been proved for curves defined over a field of functions, but even in this case it had been necessary to assume the finiteness of the Brauer group, which here plays the role of the group .
In his study of the action of the Galois group on algebraic cycles of varieties, Tate  proposed a conjecture on the poles of the functions for even values of , to wit, that the function has, at the point , a pole of order equal to the rank of the group of algebraic cycles of codimension . This statement is closely connected with Tate's conjecture on algebraic cycles. For the various approaches leading to proofs of these conjectures, and for various arguments in favour of them, see , , , , .
Quite apart from the concept of the zeta-function just described, zeta-functions which are Mellin transforms of modular forms have been studied in the theory of algebraic groups and automorphic functions. Weil noted in 1967 that a consequence of the general hypotheses on the function for an elliptic curve over is that the curve is uniformized by modular functions, while the function is the Mellin transform of the modular form corresponding to a differential of the first kind on . This observation led to the assumption that the functions of any scheme are Mellin transforms of the respective modular forms. Basic results on this problem were obtained by E. Jacquet and R. Langlands , . In particular, they constructed an extensive class of Dirichlet series satisfying a certain functional equation and expandable into an Euler product which may be represented as the Mellin transform of modular forms on the group . Meeting the requirements of this theorem is directly related to the conjectures on the general properties of zeta-functions discussed above. Their verification is as yet possible only for curves defined over a field of functions.
From 1970 on, the studies of -adic zeta-functions of algebraic number fields  stimulated a similar approach to the zeta-functions of schemes — mainly elliptic curves. The problems involved, which greatly resemble those discussed above, are reviewed in . The zeta-function of an elliptic curve over is closely connected with the one-dimensional formal group of the curve, and they completely define each other .
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The conjectures of Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer have been generalized by S. Bloch and P. Beilinson to conjectures relating the ranks of Chow groups obtained from algebraic cycles with orders of poles of zeta-functions. See [a6]–[a8].
The Tate–Shafarevich group of certain elliptic curves over number fields has recently been computed (–[a5]). As predicted, it is finite in these cases. The Weil conjectures and their proofs have been extended to the case of arbitrary schemes of finite type [a1].
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