Matt Litman
Lecturer in Mathematics, UC Davis
Email:       Office: 2137 MSB


I am a lecturer for the Department of Mathematics at UC Davis. A recent graduate of the pure mathematics group at UC Davis, I am interested in computational number theory, where I investigate number theoretic problems through computer experimentation. Past and present work of mine includes the study of rational approximations via backwards continued fractions, expansions of the Riemann xi function in different orthogonal polynomial bases, distribution of primitive roots modulo different primes, value sets and sums over value sets for integral polynomials over finite fields, the algebraic-geometric dichotomy of higher dimensional integral sphere packings, and the orbital structure of automorphisms acting on graphs arising from surfaces defined by diophantine equations (i.e. Markoff triples). The common thread across all of these topics is the use of computer experimentation to gather evidence, form conjectures, and illuminate possible proof techniques.

My CV can be found by clicking on either use of CV in this sentence.



  1. Error Approximation for Backwards and Simple Continued Fractions, joint with R.C. Bjorklund. Research in Number Theory 10 (2) (2024). DOI: 10.1007/s40993-023-00481-7.
  2. Orbits on K3 Surfaces of Markoff Type, joint with E. Fuchs, J.H. Silverman, and A. Tran. Experimental Mathematics (2023). DOI: 10.1080/ 10586458.2023.2239265.
  3. Every arithmetic progression contains infinitely many b-Niven numbers, joint with J. Harrington and T.W.H. Wong. Bulletin of the Australian Mathematical Society (2023). DOI: 10.1017/S0004972723000758.
  4. A Cryptographic Hash Function from Markoff Triples, joint with E. Fuchs, K. Lauter, and A. Tran, Mathematical Cryptology 1 (1) (2021) pp. 103-121.
  5. Beyond Expansion II: Achieving or Exceeding the Ramanujan-quality Exponent of Distribution, Arbeitsgemeinschaft: Thin Groups and Super-approximation Workshop Report 2021/50 (2021) pp. 57-61.
  6. Möbius Disjointness for Skew Products on the Heisenberg Nilmanifold, joint with Z. Wang, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society 147 (2019) pp. 2033-2043.
  7. On Consecutive Primitive nth Roots of Unity Modulo q, joint with T. Brazelton, J. Harrington, and S. Kannan, Journal of Number Theory 174 (2017) pp. 494-504.
  8. Flow Instabilities Due to Interfacial Surfactant/Polar Oil Material in a Hele-Shaw Cell, joint with A. Belmonte and Z. Niroobakhsh. Physical Review Letters E 96 (2017), 053102.


  1. Connectivity of Markoff mod-p graphs and maximal divisors, joint with J. Eddy, E. Fuchs, D. Martin, and N. Tripeny (2023).
  2. Residue sums of Dickson polynomials over finite fields, joint with T. Brazelton, J. Harrington, and T.W.H. Wong (2022).
  3. Asymptotic Density of Apollonian-Type Orbits, joint with A. Shedyvasser (2021).
  4. Sphere Eversion: Analysis of a Veridical Paradox (Senior Thesis).

Simulations, Translations & Prelim Solutions

Conferences Attended


Current:   Mat 21B, Mat 22A                                                

Past: Mat 21A, Mat 21B (TA and Instructor), Mat 21C, Mat 22A,
            Mat 67, Mat 115A (TA and Instructor), Mat 125A,
            Mat 135A (Discussion Notes), Mat 145 (Instructor),
            Mat 150A, Mat 150B, Mat 150C (Discussion Notes),
            Mat 167, Mat 185B, Mat 250A