##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Math 209 - Number Theory

## Robert Lemke Oliver

#### Stanford University

## The distribution of consecutive primes

##### Abstract:

While the sequence of primes is very well distributed in the reduced residue classes (mod q), the distribution of pairs of consecutive primes among the permissible pairs of reduced residue classes (mod q) is surprisingly erratic. We propose a conjectural explanation for this phenomenon, based on the Hardy-Littlewood conjectures, which fits the observed data very well. We also study the distribution of the terms predicted by the conjecture, which proves to be surprisingly subtle. This is joint work with Kannan Soundararajan.

Host: Kiran Kedlaya

### June 2, 2016

### 2:00 PM

### AP&M 7321

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