The density of binary forms with coefficients in Zp that have roots over Qp
Linfoot Number Theory Seminar
14th October 2020, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Virtual Seminar, https://bristol-ac-uk-dev.zoom.us/j/97462603104
Let f be a random binary form in Zp[x,y] of a fixed degree d. We determine the density of such f that have a linear factor over Zp, i.e., a zero in P^1(Qp). We also determine the density of monic polynomials f in Zp[x] of degree d, which have a root in Zp. We show that these densities are rational functions in p, which only depend on d. We give the asymptotic result when p tends to infinity, and discuss the symmetry phenomenon that occurs. This is joint work Manjul Bhargava, John Cremona, and Tom Fisher.