02-422 Jens Marklof
Pair correlation densities of inhomogeneous quadratic forms (119K, amslatex) Oct 14, 02
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Abstract. Under explicit diophantine conditions on $(\alpha,\beta)\in\RR^2$, we prove that the local two-point correlations of the sequence given by the values $(m-\alpha)^2+(n-\beta)^2$, with $(m,n)\in\ZZ^2$, are those of a Poisson process. This partly confirms a conjecture of Berry and Tabor on spectral statistics of quantized integrable systems, and also establishes a particular case of the quantitative version of the Oppenheim conjecture for inhomogeneous quadratic forms of signature (2,2). The proof uses theta sums and Ratner's classification of measures invariant under unipotent flows.

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