Erdos' distinct distance problem in finite fields

Erdos' distinct distance problem in finite fields

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Ben Lund, Princeton University
Fine Hall 224

Erdos conjectured that a set of n points in the Euclidean plane has at least c n/sqrt(log(n))) distinct distances for some universal constant c>0. Guth and Katz nearly resolved this question, but many related problems remain wide open. I will discuss recent results on a variant of this problem for points in a plane over a finite field. This is joint work with Giorgis Petridis.

 

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