Christopher Voll, PhD (cantab)

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Prof. Dr. Christopher Voll

Fakultät für Mathematik
Universität Bielefeld
Postfach 100131
D-33501 Bielefeld
Germany
Telephone: 0049-521-1065025
Telephone (secretary Ms Nopto): 0049-521-1065021
Email: surname at math dot uni minus bielefeld dot de

Elsevier boycott

I joined a number of researchers - more than 17.600 as of August 2019 - in boycotting Elsevier, the academic publisher; see The Cost of Knowledge for background.

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Research

My research interests are centred around asymptotic group theory, in particular arithmetic and analytic properties of zeta functions associated to infinite groups and rings. These are Dirichlet generating functions encoding arithmetic data about groups and rings, such as the numbers of finite index subobjects or finite-dimensional irreducible representations. The study of these zeta functions may be seen as a non-commutative analogue to the theory of the Dedekind zeta function of a number field, enumerating finite index ideals in the number field's ring of integers. This young subject area lies on the crossroads of infinite group and ring theory, algebraic geometry and combinatorics. I have written "A newcomer's guide to zeta functions of groups and rings", see here.

I welcome enquiries about possible PhD projects from suitably qualified candidates. I am also happy to consider sponsoring postdoc applications, e.g. under the Marie Curie Actions or the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's schemes.

Preprints

  1. Ideal zeta functions associated to a family of class-2-nilpotent Lie rings, arxiv, 15 pages.
  2. Generalized Igusa functions and ideal growth in nilpotent Lie rings, with A. Carnevale and M. M. Schein, arxiv, 34 pages.
  3. Groups, graphs, and hypergraphs: average sizes of kernels of generic matrices with support constraints, with T. Rossmann, arxiv, 109 pages.

Book chapters

  1. Zeta functions of groups and rings - recent developments, in Groups St Andrews 2013 in St Andrews, editors C. M. Campbell, M. R. Quick, E.F. Robertson, C. M. Roney-Dougal, London Math. Soc. Lecture Note Ser. 422, 469--492, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2015, CUP
  2. A newcomer's guide to zeta functions of groups and rings, in B. Klopsch, N. Nikolov, C. Voll, Lectures on profinite topics in group theory, editor D. Segal, London Math. Soc. Stud. Texts 77, 99-144, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 2011, CUP
  3. Zeta functions of groups and rings - functional equations and analytic uniformity, in Spectral Structures and Topological Methods in Mathematics, editors M. Baake, F. Götze, W. Hoffmann, EMS Series of Congress reports 13 (2019), 345--363, AMS bookstore.

Papers (published or accepted for publication)

  1. Enumerating graded ideals in graded rings associated to free nilpotent Lie rings, with S. Lee, Math. Z. 290 (2018), 1249--1276, pdf, arxiv
  2. Enumerating traceless matrices over compact discrete valuation rings, with A. Carnevale and S. Shechter, Israel J. Math. 227 (2018), 956--986, pdf, arxiv
  3. Orbit Dirichlet series and multiset permutations, with A. Carnevale, Monatsh. Math. 186 (2018), 215--233, pdf, arxiv
  4. Local functional equations for submodule zeta functions associated to nilpotent algebras of endomorphisms, Int. Math. Res. Not. IMRN (2017), pdf, arxiv
  5. Representation zeta functions of some nilpotent groups associated to prehomogenous vector spaces, with A. Stasinski, Forum Math. 29 (2017), 717--734, pdf, arxiv,
  6. Uniform analytic properties of representation zeta functions of finitely generated nilpotent groups, with Duong H. D., in Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 369 (2017), 6327--6349, pdf, arxiv,
  7. Arithmetic groups, base change, and representation growth, with N. Avni, B. Klopsch and U. Onn, Geom. Func. Anal. (GAFA) 26 (2016), 67--135, pdf, arxiv
  8. Similarity classes of integral p-adic matrices and representation zeta functions of groups of type A_2, with N. Avni, B. Klopsch and U. Onn, Proc. Lond. Math. Soc. (3) 112 (2016), no. 2, 267 -- 350, pdf, arxiv.
  9. Enumerating classes and characters of p-groups, with E. A. O'Brien, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 367 (2015), 7775 -- 7796, pdf, arxiv
  10. Normal zeta functions of the Heisenberg groups over number rings I - the unramified case, with M. M. Schein, J. Lond. Math. Soc. 91 (2014), 19 -- 46, pdf, arxiv
  11. Normal zeta functions of the Heisenberg groups over number rings II - the non-split case, with M. M. Schein, Israel J. Math. 211 (2016), no. 1, 171 -- 195, pdf, arxiv
  12. Representation zeta functions of nilpotent groups and generating functions for Weyl groups of type B, with A. Stasinski, Amer. J. Math. 136 (2014), 501 -- 550, pdf, arxiv
  13. A New Statistic on the Hyperoctahedral Groups, with A. Stasinski, Electron. J. Combin. 20, issue 3 (2013), P50, pdf, arxiv
  14. Representation zeta functions of compact p-adic analytic groups and arithmetic groups, with N. Avni, B. Klopsch and U. Onn, Duke Math. J. 162 (2013), 111-197, pdf, arxiv
  15. Representation zeta functions of some compact p-adic analytic groups, with N. Avni, B. Klopsch and U. Onn, Cont. Math. 566 (2012), 295-330, arxiv
  16. Functional equations for zeta functions of groups and rings, Ann. Math. 172 (2010), 1181--1218, pdf, arxiv
  17. On representation zeta functions of groups and a conjecture of Larsen-Lubotzky, with N. Avni, B. Klopsch and U. Onn, C. R. Math. Acad. Sci. Paris, Ser. I 348 (2010), 363--367, pdf, arxiv
  18. Enumerating finite class-2-nilpotent groups on 2 generators, C. R. Math. Acad. Sci. Paris, Ser. I 347 (2009), 1347-1350, pdf, arxiv
  19. Zeta function of 3-dimensional p-adic Lie algebras, with B. Klopsch, Math. Z. 263, No. 1 (2009), 195--210, pdf, arxiv
  20. Igusa-type functions associated to finite formed spaces and their functional equations, with B. Klopsch, Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 361 (2009), 4405--4436, pdf, arxiv
  21. Zeta functions of groups - singular pfaffians, in Essays in Geometric Group Theory, editor N. S. N. Sastry, Ramanujan Mathematical Society Lecture Notes Series, No. 9, 2009, arxiv
  22. Counting subgroups in a family of nilpotent semidirect products, Bull. London Math. Soc., No. 38 (2006), 743--752, pdf, arxiv
  23. Normal subgroup growth in free class-2-nilpotent groups, Math. Ann. 332, No. 1 (2005), 67--79, pdf, arxiv
  24. Functional equations for local normal zeta functions of nilpotent groups, with an appendix by A. Beauville, Geom. Func. Anal. (GAFA) 15 (2005), 274--295, pdf, arxiv
  25. Zeta functions of groups and enumeration in Bruhat-Tits buildings, Amer. J. Math. 126 (2004), 1005--1032, pdf, arxiv

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Teaching (in German)

Wintersemester 2019/20

Sommersemester 2019

Forschungsfreisemester (sabbatical)

Wintersemester 2018/19

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Wintersemester 2014/15

Sommersemester 2014

Forschungsfreisemester (sabbatical)

Wintersemester 2013/14

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Wintersemester 2012/13

Sommersemester 2012

Wintersemester 2011/12

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Last updated: 04 September 2019