A modular form is a (complex) analytic function on the upper half-plane satisfying a certain kind of functional equation with respect to the group action of the modular group.

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Holomorphic Eisenstein Series

$$G_k (z)=\sum_{\displaystyle(m,n) \neq (0,0)} \frac{1}{(mz+n)^k}$$ For $k \geq 3$ how to show that $G_k (z)=0$ for odd $k$ and $G_k (\tau z)=(cz+d)^k G_k (z)$ for $\tau \in SL_2(Z), \tau = \left( ...
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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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Rewriting $\tau(p)\Delta(\tau)$ when $p$ is prime

$p$ is a prime, and $\tau$ is Ramanujan's tau function: $$p^{11}\Delta(p\tau)+\frac{1}{p}\sum_{k=0}^{p-1}\Delta\bigg(\frac{\tau + ...
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eisenstein part of theta function

If $Q:\mathbb{Z}^{2k}\to \mathbb{Z}$ is any positive definite integer -valued quadratic form in $2k$ variables, then it is well known, that the $\textbf{theta series}$ ...
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Modular Form, but Cusp Form in Disguise

Suppose I have a holomorphic modular form $f \in M_k(\Gamma_0(N), \chi)$ with $k \in \mathbb Z^+$ and $f = \sum_{n=1}^\infty a(n)q^n$. Considering the $q$-expansion, one may suspicious that $f$ is ...
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Why a modular form is a highest weight vector of a discrete series summand of $L_2(SL_2(\mathbb{Z})\backslash SL_2(\mathbb{R}))$?

It is said that a modular form is a highest weight vector of a discrete series summand of $L_2(SL_2(\mathbb{Z})\backslash SL_2(\mathbb{R}))$. Why a modular form is a highest weight vector of a ...
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Elliptic points on modular curves and a uniformising parameter

I'm working with the modular curves $X_0(p)$ for $p=2,5$, with $$f_2=q\prod_{n\geq1}(1+q^n)^{24}$$ and $$f_5=q\prod_{n\geq1}(1+q^n+q^{2n}+q^{3n}+q^{4n})^6$$ being inverses of the Hauptmodul and ...
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Diamond Operator and Fourier Coefficients

Let $d\in(\mathbb{Z}/N\mathbb{Z})^\times$, then one has the Diamond operator $\langle d \rangle$ acting on $M_k(\Gamma_1(N))$ via ...
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Diamond operator on a meromorphic function

Is there a standard way in which the diamond operator for modular forms is defined for an arbitrary meromorphic function?. I know the definition for a weight k modular form, but since I usually wont ...
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Weber function takes on real values?

Why does the Weber function take on real values? In the middle of the proof, the author argues... "cleary it is real-valued." I don't follow the argument. Info about the Weber function ...
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Equidistribution of lattice points on spheres in dimensions $d \ge 4$ (Pommerenke's theorem)

I am looking for either an English translation of: Pommerenke, C.: Über die Gleichverteilung von Gitterpunkten auf m-dimensionalen Ellipsoiden. Acta Arith. 5, 227-257 (1959) Or a reference in ...
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Is it true that $\theta_{1,1}^{4N} \in J_{2N,2N}(2N)$?

I need examples of Jacobi forms for full congruence subgroups $\Gamma(N) $ of $SL(2,Z)$. As a particular case, take the theta function $\theta_{1,1}(t,z) := \sum_{n\in\mathbb{Z}} exp(\pi it(n + ...
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Hilbert modular forms and Hecke operators over Q

Let F be a totally real field. We know that we can define a Hecke operator $T_\mathfrak{m}$ on the space of Hilbert modular forms over $F$, say with some level structure, for any ideal $\mathfrak{m}$ ...
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Proving a complex function is continuous.

I've recently started complex analysis but I have very little background in complex numbers and to make sure I don't fall behind I'm doing some extra exercises one of which is Show $f$ is continuous ...
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The conjecture $A159634(n) = \psi(2n)/3$ where $\psi$ is the Dedekind psi function.

Steven Finch is the author of the OEIS-sequence A159634 which is defined as "Coefficient for dimensions of spaces of modular & cusp forms of weight $k/2$, level $4n$ >and trivial character, ...
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Proving addition and multiplication

(1)Show that addition and multiplication mod n are associative operations. (2)Show that there are both an additive and a multiplicative identity. (3)Show that multiplication distributes over ...
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Relation: Modular Forms and hyperbolic geometry, or, why do they map from $\mathbb{H}$?

In my very young mathematical career, I have worked a lot with modular forms. Recently, I worked as a teaching assistant in a course about geometry. At the end of the course, we dealt with hyperbolic ...
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Proving that $\sigma_7(n) = \sigma_3(n) + 120 \sum_{m=1}^{n-1} \sigma_3(m)\sigma_3(n-m)$ without using modular forms?

This problem appears as a (starred!) exercise in D. Zagier's notes on modular forms. I have to admit that I have no idea how to do it. Here, $\sigma_k(n) =\sum_{d\mid n} d^k$, as usual. This ...
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Semistable Elliptic Curves

For a general representation $\rho: G_{\mathbb{Q}} \rightarrow \operatorname{GL}(V)$, where $V$ is a two dimensional $\overline{\mathbb{F}}_p$ vector space, the level $N(\rho)$ in Serre's conjecture ...
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Hypergeometric formulas for the j-function

Given the j-function $j(\tau)$ and elliptic lambda function $\lambda(\tau)$. Define, $$g = -1+2\frac{\,_2F_1\big(\tfrac{1}{2},\tfrac{1}{2},1,\,\lambda(2\tau)\big) ...
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Learning roadmap for p-adic modular forms and eigenvarieties.

What are some good sources for breaking into the field of p-adic modular forms? It was suggested to me to read Katz' paper "P-adic Properties of Modular Schemes and Modular Forms". I have found this ...
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Definition of Automorphic form

I am looking at how one maps the space of cusp forms $S_k(N,\psi)$ into the space of automorphic forms on $GL_2$ over the Adeles. And I have a question about the definition of $K$-finiteness. I am ...
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Are the Fourier coefficients of a new form real?

Let $f\in S^\text{new}_k(Γ_0(N))$ be a $\text{newform}$ . Are all its Fourier coefficients real? Of course the Hecke operators $T_n$ are selfadjoint for $(n,N)=1$, but is it also true for all $n$?
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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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Size of automorphism group of element of $Y_0(5)$

The modular curve $Y_0(5)$ parametrizes elliptic curves $E$ with an isogeny of degree five. So an element of $Y_0(5)$ can be interpreted as $E \xrightarrow{\phi} E'$. Suppose we are working over a ...
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The natural boundary of the modular $\lambda$ function is the real axis

I want to solve the following problem from Ahlfors' text: Show that the function $\lambda(\tau)$ introduced in Chap. 7, Sec. 3.4, has the real axis as a natural boundary. Here $\lambda(\tau)$ is ...
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Other interesting consequences of $d=163$?

Question: Any other interesting consequences of $d=163$ having class number $h(-d)=1$ aside from the list below? Let $\tau = \tfrac{1+\sqrt{-163}}{2}$. We have (see notes at end of list), ...
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Introductive Book on Modular Forms

I'm looking for an introductive book on Modular Forms and their applications to Algebraic Geometry and Algebraic Number Theory. Some Ideas? Explaining you my prerequisites, I've a good knowledge of ...
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How to show that $\Delta\left(\frac{az+b}{cz+d}\right)=(cz+d)^{12}\Delta(z)$?

Let $(a, b; c, d) \in SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$ and $\Delta(z)=q\prod_{n=1}^{\infty} (1-q^n)^{24}$, $q=e^{2\pi i z}$. How to show that $\Delta(\frac{az+b}{cz+d})=(cz+d)^{12}\Delta(z)$? Thank you very much. I ...
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Approximation of $e^{\pi\sqrt{n}}$ using Ramanujan's Class Invariants

From Wikipedia article we get $\displaystyle \begin{aligned}e^{\pi\sqrt{43}} &\approx 884736743.999777466 \\ e^{\pi\sqrt{67}} &\approx 147197952743.999998662454\\ ...
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Where does Klein's j-invariant take the values 0 and 1, and with what multiplicities?

I tried to solve the following problem from Ahlfors' text, please verify my solution: Where does the function $$J(\tau)=\frac{4}{27} \frac{(1-\lambda+\lambda^2)^3}{\lambda^2(1-\lambda)^2} $$ ...
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Monstrous Moonshine for $M_{24}$?

This is connected to my MO post "Monstrous Moonshine for $M_{24}$ and K3?". In page 44 of this paper, eqn(7.16) and (7.19) yield, ...
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Why is the modular $\lambda$ function a quotient of two meromorphic functions in the U.H.P.?

In Ahlfors' complex analysis text, page 278 it says: It is quite clear from (9) that $\lambda(\tau)$ is the quotient of two analytic functions in the upper half plane $\text{Im} \tau > 0$. ...
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Automorphisms of elliptic curves with a point of order N

Probably a stupid question, but I'm trying to figure out the following: Suppose we have an element of $X_1(N)$, i.e. an elliptic curve $E$ with a point $p$ of order $N$. If we have another such curve ...
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Determining cosets of representatives

Is there an algorithm to determine the cosets of representatives of a congruence subgroup of a modular form? I know what cosets of representatives and when given a set, I know how to check that they ...
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Find the cusps for the congruence subgroup $\Gamma_0(p)$

Find the cusps for the congruence subgroup $\Gamma_0(p)$. How does one go about doing this? I know the definition of a cusp - the orbit for the action of $G$, in this case $\Gamma_0(p)$, on $\mathbb ...
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Topology of the completed upper-half plane

Define the topology on $\mathbb{H}^* : = \mathbb{H} ∪ \mathbb{Q} ∪\infty$ by taking a basis of open sets around $\infty$ to be $S_{\epsilon} : = \{ z ∈ H : Im ( z ) > 1 /\epsilon \}∪\infty$ , and ...
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Calculating index of a subgroup

Compute the index $[Γ( 1 ) ′ : Γ_0 ( N ) ′ ]$ where $Γ(1)' := SL(2,\mathbb{Z})$ $Γ_0(N)':= \{ \begin{pmatrix} a & b\\ c & d\\ \end{pmatrix} \in Γ(1)' : c \equiv 0 \mod{N} \} $ I'm ...
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Principal congruence subgroups

Why the index of the principal congruence subgroup of level 2, defined as $$ \Gamma(2)=\left \{ \begin{pmatrix} a & b \\ c & d \end{pmatrix} \in \mathbb{P}SL(2,\mathbb{Z}): \begin{pmatrix} a ...
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Galois representations attached to modular forms of weight one

Why are the Galois representations attached to weight one eigenforms by Serre-Deligne complex representations? In weight $k\geq 2$, the Galois representations constructed by Eichler-Shimura and ...
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Real life applications of Maass wave forms

Explaining my work on Maass wave forms to friends and family (all non-mathematician) typically earns me blank faces. So I wonder whether there is some good example to explain their meaning to laymen. ...
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Can one explain to me this Theorem

Can one explain to me Theorem 2. (page 3) in this link: http://www.math.leidenuniv.nl/~evertse/siksek-modular.pdf I am but confused about the nature the bijection defined in that result.
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How to prove that $\frac{\eta^{14}(q^4)}{\eta^{4}(q^8)}=4\eta^4(q^2)\eta^2(q^4)\eta^4(q^8)+\eta^4(q)\eta^2(q^2)\eta^4(q^4)$?

How can we prove that $$\frac{\eta^{14}(q^4)}{\eta^{4}(q^8)}=4\eta^4(q^2)\eta^2(q^4)\eta^4(q^8)+\eta^4(q)\eta^2(q^2)\eta^4(q^4) \ ?$$ Here, $\eta(q)$ is the Dedekind Eta Function, which is defined by ...
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Why the function $g(q)=f(\log(q)/(2\pi i))$ is well defined?

Let $D'=\{q\in \mathbb{C}: |q|<1\} - \{0\}$. Let $g: D' \to \mathbb{C}$ be defined by $g(q)=f(\log(q)/(2\pi i))$. Here $f: \mathcal{H} \to \mathbb{C}$ is a weakly modular function such that $f(\tau ...
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Weierstrass product expression for Klein's j-invariant

The first sentence of @ccorn's answer to a previous question of mine was: “Because of the modular symmetries of $j(\tau)$, the zeros of $j(\tau)$ are precisely the ...
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Degree and ramification index of a natural projection

Let $\Gamma$ a subcongruence group of $\text{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})$, $\mathbb{H}^* = \mathbb{H} \cup \{\infty\} \cup \mathbb{Q}$ and $\overline\Gamma = \Gamma / (\Gamma\cap\{\pm 1\})$. Given the natural ...
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What are applications of number theory in physics?

I was reading Goro Shimura's The Map of My Life. He wrote the following quote in the book. It made me come up with the title question. In particular, is there any application of the theory of modular ...
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Purpose of cusps

In the theory of of modular forms, there is the set of of cusps defined by $\mathbb{P}^1 (\mathbb{Q})= \mathbb{Q} \cup \{\infty\}$. For an subgroup $\Gamma < \text{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})$ of finite ...
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$q$-expansion of Modular forms

I am trying to compute the $q$-expansion of $g\theta_2$ and $g\theta_4$, the $q$-expansion of modular forms of weight $3/2$ and level $128$ and trivial character and character $\chi_8$ respectively. ...
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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 ...