Theta Inversion and The Law of Quadratic Reciprocity for Arbitrary Number Fields

  • Author / Creator
    Morrill, Ryan W
  • In this thesis, we formulate and prove the theorem of quadratic reciprocity for an arbitrary number field. We follow Hecke and base our argument on analytic techniques and especially on an identity of theta functions called theta inversion. From this inversion formula and a limiting argument, we obtain an identity of Gauss sums which is central to our proof of quadratic reciprocity. The statement of the law of quadratic reciprocity in this generality contains unevaluated Gauss sums which we will make explicit in some examples.

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    Fall 2017
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    Master of Science
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