Montreal, December 4 - 7, 2020
However for certain "thin" families of cubic fields, namely, families of monogenic and n-monogenic cubic fields, the story is very different. In this talk, we will determine the average size of the 2-torsion subgroups of the class groups of fields in these thin families. Surprisingly, these values differ from the Cohen--Lenstra--Martinet predictions! We will also provide an explanation for this difference in terms of the Tamagawa numbers of naturally arising reductive groups. This is joint work with Manjul Bhargava and Jon Hanke.
I will discuss these results and some of their arithmetic applications. For example, we prove a strong effective prime ideal theorem that holds for almost all fields in several natural large degree families, including the family of degree $n$ $S_n$-extensions for any $n \geq 2$ and the family of prime degree $p$ extensions (with any Galois structure) for any prime $p \geq 2$. Other applications relate to bounds on $\ell$-torsion subgroups of class groups, the extremal order of class numbers, and the subconvexity problem for Dedekind zeta functions.