A converse theorem for Dirichlet <var>L</var>-functions

  • Jerzy Kaczorowski

    Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, Poland
  • Giuseppe Molteni

    Università di Milano, Italy
  • Alberto Perelli

    Università di Genova, Italy


It is known that the space of solutions (in a suitable class of Dirichlet series with continuation over ℂ) of the functional equation of a Dirichlet L-function L(s,χ) has dimension ≥ 2 as soon as the conductor q of χ is at least 4. Hence the Dirichlet L-functions are not characterized by their functional equation for q ≥ 4. Here we characterize the conductors q such that for every primitive character χ (mod q), L(s,χ) is the only solution with an Euler product in the above space. It turns out that such conductors are of the form q = 2a3bm with any square-free m coprime to 6 and finitely many a and b.

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Jerzy Kaczorowski, Giuseppe Molteni, Alberto Perelli, A converse theorem for Dirichlet <var>L</var>-functions. Comment. Math. Helv. 85 (2010), no. 2, pp. 463–483

DOI 10.4171/CMH/202