Universal quadratic forms and Dedekind zeta functions

Vítězslav Kala, Mentzelos Melistas

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We study universal quadratic forms over totally real number fields using Dedekind zeta functions. In particular, we prove an explicit upper bound for the rank of universal quadratic forms over a given number field $K$, under the assumption that the codifferent of $K$ is generated by a totally positive element. Motivated by a possible path to remove that assumption, we also investigate the smallest number of generators for the positive part of ideals in totally real numbers fields.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 21 Nov 2023


  • math.NT
  • 11E12, 11E20, 11H06


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