Steve Lester

Lecturer in Number Theory

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

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), Comment. Math. Helv., accepted for publication.

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., 350 (2017), no. 1, 279--300.

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, 144 (2016), no. 12, 5015--5027.

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), J. Anal. Math, accepted 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.


  • Winter 2017: Math 346/377: Introduction to Elementary Number Theory
  • Spring 2015: Sieve theory and its applications
  • Contact Information

    School of Mathematical Sciences
    Queen Mary University of London
    London, UK
    Email: s.lester (at)
    Office Phone: +44 20 7882 2966
    Office: CB312, Queens' building

    Previous positions

  • Postdoctoral fellow, Centre de Recherches Mathematiques at the University of Montreal, 2016-2017
  • Postdoctoral fellow, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2015-2016, Supervisor: Pär Kurlberg
  • Postdoctoral fellow, Tel Aviv University, 2013-2015, Supervisor: Zeév Rudnick
  • Graduate Student, University of Rochester, PhD completed May 2013, Adviser: Steve Gonek
  • Links

  • Centre de Recherches Mathematiques
  • KTH department of Mathematics

  • Arithmetic and Quantum Chaos

  • Tel Aviv University School of Mathematical Sciences

  • Univerity of Rochester Mathematics Department

  • Willamette University (my undergraduate alma mater)

  • MathSciNet

    Last update: August 3, 2017.