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Paul Nelson receives a Clay Research Award

In recognition of his groundbreaking contributions to the analytic theory of automorphic forms Paul Nelson receives a Clay Research Award.

Nelson's work has resulted in the first convexity-breaking bounds for a large class of L-functions on the critical line (including all the standard ones of GL(n)). This marks a significant advance in a field initiated one hundred years ago by Hermann Weyl in the context of the Riemann Zeta function. Nelson analyzes L-values via certain associated automorphic periods. His effective strategy comprises several elements, including refining the orbit method developed in prior work with Venkatesh, and analyzing the geometric aspect of a relevant Relative Trace Formula, enabling the application of Amplification.

"I'm glad to hear that I received this prize. It's a great honor. I hope it brings further attention to some of the interesting open problems in the field.”

– Paul Nelson

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