Steve Lester

About Me

I am a CRM postdoc at the University of Montreal for the 2016-2017 academic year.

From August 2015-July 2016 I was a postdoc under the supervision of Pär Kurlberg and from July 2013-July 2015 I was a postdoc at Tel Aviv University under the supervision of Zeév Rudnick.

In May 2013, I completed a PhD at the University of Rochester under the guidance of Prof. Steven Gonek.

Research interests: analytic number theory, especially L-functions, multiplicative functions, classical automorphic forms; mathematical physics, epsecially quantum chaos

Curriculum vitae (Last updated: June 2016)

email: sjlester (at)


  • Winter 2017
  • Math 346/377: Introduction to Elementary Number Theory
  • Fall 2015: Math SF1625
  • Spring 2015: Sieve theory and its applications, Wednesday 11-14, Dan David 204
  • Research articles and preprints

    arXiv author page: (not all of my articles are listed there)

    13. An effective universality theorem for the Riemann zeta-function , (with Youness Lamzouri and Maksym Radziwiłł).

    12. Quantum unique ergodicity for half-integral weight automorphic forms , (with Maksym Radziwiłł).

    11. Small scale equidistribution of eigenfunctions on the torus , (with Zeév Rudnick), Comm. Math. Phys., accepted for publication.

    10. Small scale distribution of zeros and mass of modular forms , (with Kaisa Matomäki and Maksym Radziwiłł), submitted for publication.

    9. On the variance of sums of divisor functions in short intervals, Proc. Amer. Math. Society, accepted for publication.

    8. On the distribution of the divisor function and Hecke eigenvalues (with Nadav Yesha), Israel J. Math., 212 (2016), no. 1, 443-472.

    7. Discrepancy bounds for the distribution of the Riemann zeta-function with applications (with Youness Lamzouri and Maksym Radziwiłł), submitted for publication.

    6. a-Points of the Riemann zeta-function on the critical line, Int. Math. Res. Not. IMRN, (2015), no. 9, 2406-2436.

    5. On the distribution of the zeros of the derivative of the Riemann zeta-function, Math. Proc. Cambridge Philos. Soc., 157 (2014), no. 3, 425-442.

    4. The distribution of the logarithmic derivative of the Riemann zeta-function, Quart. J. of Math., (2014) 65 (4): 1319-1344.

    3. On Balazard, Saias, and Yor's equivalence to the Riemann Hypothesis (with Hung Bui, Micah Milinovich), J. Math. Anal. Appl., 409 (2014), no. 1, 244-253.

    2. Mean values of ζ'/ζ(s), correlation of zeros, and the distribution of almost primes (with David Farmer, Steve Gonek, Yoonbok Lee), Quart. J. of Math., 64 (2013), no. 4, 1057-1089.

    1. A note on simple a-points of L-functions (with Steve Gonek, Micah Milinovich), Proc. Amer. Math. Society, 140 (2012), no. 12, 4097-4103.

    Contact Information

    Department of Mathematics
    University of Montreal
    Montreal, Canada
    Office: 4341, Andre Aisendstadt
    Email: sjlester(at)
    Office Phone: +1 438-969-7541


  • KTH department of Mathematics

  • Arithmetic and Quantum Chaos

  • Tel Aviv University School of Mathematical Sciences

  • Univerity of Rochester Mathematics Department

  • Willamette University (My undergraduate university)

  • MathSciNet

    Last update: June 16, 2016.