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Proving the Uniformization Theorem for Elliptic Curves (An Exercise from Silverman's Advanced Topics on Elliptic Curves )

In Silverman's Advanced Topics in the Arithmetic of Elliptic Curves there are two demonstrations of the Uniformization Theorem for the Elliptic Curves (It says that, given an Elliptic Curve $E$, ...
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How should I think about Ihara's Lemma?

I am trying to learn about Ihara's lemma because I see it mentioned in many papers in arithmetic geometry. To be more precise, I would like to know: What is the significance of this result? Why is ...
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Modular Functions with Rational Fourier Expansions

I have been reading the paper of Cox, McKay and Stevenhagen "Principal Moduli and Class Fields", http://arxiv.org/pdf/math/0311202v1.pdf, and I have a question regarding the nature of the function ...
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Good source of problems for Knapp's Elliptic Curves?

I'm studying elliptic curves (and eventually modular forms) out of Knapp's book because of the softer algebraic geometry prereqs. It's incredibly accessible but the problem is that I don't know I can ...
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When does a modular form satisfy a differential equation with rational coefficients?

Given a modular form $f$ of weight $k$ for a congruence subgroup $\Gamma$, and a modular function $t$ for $\Gamma$ with $t(i\infty)=0$, we can form a function $F$ such that $F(t(z))=f(z)$ (at least ...
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Formula for index of $\Gamma_1(n)$ in SL$_2(\mathbf Z)$

Is there a precise formula for the index of the congruence group $\Gamma_1(n)$ in SL$_2(\mathbf Z)$? I couldn't find it in Diamond and Shurman, and neither could I find an explicit formula with a ...
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Why $\Delta(N\tau)\in\mathcal{S}_{12}(\Gamma_0(N))$

There is an argument saying that because $\Delta(\tau)\in\mathcal{S}_{12}(\text{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z}))$, then we have $\Delta(N\tau)\in\mathcal{S}_{12}(\Gamma_0(N))$. I don't understand the logic here. ...
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Problem about the order of a automorphic function on an elliptic curve.

Let $f:X(\Gamma)\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ be an automorphic function of weight 0, saying that $f$ is $\Gamma$-invariant. Now at each noncusp point $\tau\in\mathbb{C}$, $f$ has an order $\nu_\tau(f)$, ...
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In one version of the Modularity Theorem, what does “arise from modular forms” mean?

One version of Modularity Theorem says that The elliptic curves with rational $j$-values arise from modular forms. Where $$j(\tau)=1728\frac{g_2^3(\tau)}{\Delta(\tau)}$$ I know every ...
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Question about a property of elliptic function

Let $E=\mathbb{C}/\Lambda$ be a complex elliptic curve where $\Lambda=\omega_1\mathbb{Z}\oplus\omega_2\mathbb{Z}$ Let $f$ be a nonconstant elliptic function with respect to $\Lambda$. Let ...
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A question about complex tori.

Let $\Lambda$,$\Lambda'$ be two lattice in $\mathbb{C}$ and $m\neq 0\in\mathbb{C}$ satisfying $$ m\Lambda\subset\Lambda' $$ The, the book I'm reading says that by the theory of finite Abelian groups ...
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Why the kernel of isogeny is finite?

It is said that the kernel of a isogeny is finite because it is discrete and complex tori are compact. I have some questions about this. 1. Following is my reason for the kernel is discrete. ...
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Congruence subgroups and modular curves of type (M,N)

I would like to study the "modular curve" $Y(M,N)$, parametrizing an elliptic curve $E$ together with $p \in E[M]$ and $q \in E[N]$ (here and in the following $M$ divides $N$). Let $\Gamma(M,N)$ be ...
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A question about modular curves and base change

Let $X$ be a smooth projective geometrically connected curve over a number field $K$. Suppose that the curve $X\times_{K,\sigma} \mathbf{C}$ is a modular curve for some $\sigma:K\to \mathbf{C}$. Can ...
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Is there a fundamental domain for $\Gamma(2)$ contained in the following strip

Let $\Gamma(2)$ be the subgroup of $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbf{Z})$ satisfying the usual congruence conditions. It acts on the complex upper half-plane. Does it have a fundamental domain contained in the ...
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Deligne, elliptic curves and modular forms

I'm trying to understand an argument of Deligne (in Courbes elliptiques: Formulaire d'après J. Tate), but I'm not familiar enough with algebraic geometry, so I'm getting quite confused. So even in my ...
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What are the branch points of $X(n)\to X(1)$

Let $\Gamma \subset \mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbf{Z})$ be a finite index subgroup. Let $X_\Gamma \to X(1)$ be the corresponding morphism of compact connected Riemann surfaces (obtained by adding the cusps). ...
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Does the following define a point of the modular curve $X_1(n)$

Let $X$ be a compact connected Riemann surface of genus $1$ and suppose that there is a finite morphism $X\to \mathbf{P}^1$ of degree $n$ which ramifies totally over $0$ and $\infty$. Let $f^{-1}(0)$ ...
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Reference for existence of quotients of modular Jacobians?

In the construction of Galois representations attached to modular forms of weight 2, the representation spaces can be found in Tate modules of certain quotients of Jacobians of modular curves by ...
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Bounding the Number of Zeros of Modular Forms

Given a (meromorphic or holomorphic) modular form $f$ of weight $k$ on some genus zero congruence subgroup $\Gamma$, are there known bounds for the number of zeros and poles that $f$ has on the ...
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Finding a pencil of elliptic curves parametrized by a given modular surface

The following is an attempt to formulate a couple of questions which have been lurking in the back of my mind for a while. I'm sorry if this is long, or if my terminology is not correct, or if my ...
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Hauptmoduls for modular curves

If I have a modular curve, how does one in general find a Hauptmodul for this curve?
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Ramanujan congruences and étale cohomology

What is a good reference for the story of congruences such as $$\displaystyle \tau(n) \equiv \sigma(11)(n) \mod\ 691$$ with a conceptual explanation with connections to étale cohomology, etc?