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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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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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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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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Special values of the classical normalized Eisenstein series

I am looking for a comprehensive list of some known special values of the classical normalized Eisenstein series $E_4(\tau)$ and $E_6(\tau)$. Does anyone know where I can find a table of some known ...
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Regarding the connected component of $|1/J| < 1$ containing $\infty$

How does one explicitly describe the connected component of $|1/J| < 1$ containing $\infty$? Here, $J = J(\tau) = j(\tau)/12^3$ is the normalized $j$-invariant so that $J(i) = 1$, and $\tau$ is in ...
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Do modular forms of higher weight occur in the proof of FLT?

Fermat's last theorem is a consequence of a statement about weight two modular forms. Going through the long proof, does one ever encounter modular forms of higher weight?
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Discriminant cusp form and generator of an ideal in the Hilbert class field (proof of prop. 14.1 Heegner points on $X_0(N)$, Gross)

Let $K$ be a quadratic imaginary field where the rational prime $N$ splits: $\mathfrak{n}\cdot\bar{\mathfrak{n}}=(N)$ and denote with $H_K$ the Hilbert class field of $K$. At the beginnig of the ...
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Tate curve and cusps

I know this is a naive question, but what is the relation between the Tate curve and cusps on a modular curve? Naive googling seems to suggest that level structures on the Tate curve (up to ...
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Motivation for the definition of modular forms

I've just started to study modular forms and I was wondering about how one would motivate the definition. I agree that $f\left( \frac{az + b}{c z + d} \right) = (cz + d)^k f(z)$ is an interesting ...
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Hodge Bundles on Tropical Spaces

I am not sure that this question even makes sense, which I suppose is part of the questions itself. In any case, I attended a talk recently wherin there was some discussion about a "tropical ...
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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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Connection between modular forms and line bundles

I need a good reference about the connection between modular forms and line bundles. I found only Milne's note that treats briefly this argument. I've already checked, but without finding anything, ...
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Modular Discriminant and Pentagonal Numbers

I am asked to show $$(2\pi)^{-12}\Delta(\tau) = q \cdot \Big (\sum_{n\in \mathbb{Z}} (-1)^n \cdot q^{(3n^2+n)/2} \Big)^{24}$$ where $\Delta:\mathbb{H} \to \mathbb{C}$ is the modular discriminant, ...
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a q-continued fraction related to the octahedral group

Let $q=e^{2\pi i\tau}$. If $u(\tau)$ is Ramanujan's octic continued fraction, $$u(\tau)=\cfrac{\sqrt{2}\,q^{1/8}}{1+\cfrac{q}{1+q+\cfrac{q^2}{1+q^2+\cfrac{q^3}{1+q^3+\ddots}}}}$$ is it true that ...
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Extend a map to a 1-cocycle

Let $\Gamma=PSL(2,\mathbb{Z})$ be the modular group with the usual presentation $\Gamma=\langle S,U,T|\ S^2=U^3=1, T=US\rangle$ where ...
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Elementary proof of Ramanujan's “most beautiful identity”

Ramanujan presented many identities, Hardy chose one which for him represented the best of Ramanujan. There are many proofs for this identity. (for example, H. H. Chan’s proof, M. Hirschhorn's ...
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Some clarifications regarding Deligne's paper on $\ell$-adic representations arising from modular forms

In Deligne's article in Séminaire Bourbaki "Formes modulaires et représentation $\ell$-adiques" ...
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Analogue of the Hecke operator for a general curve

Background: The eigenvalues of the Hecke opeator $T_p$ on the space of cusp forms $S_2(\Gamma_0(N))$ (of dimension $g=\text{genus}(X_0(N))$) are analysed using reduction mod $p$ and the use of the ...
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Hasse's theorem on elliptic curves over finite fields

Suppose $\mathcal{E}$ is an elliptic curve defined over $\mathbb{Q}$, Then Hasse's theorem states that for any large characteristic $p$ there exists an algebraic number $\lambda_p$ of modulus ...
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Freeman Dyson's identity for the modular discriminant $\Delta$

In his 'Introduction to Modular Forms', Don Zagier states the Freeman Dyson's identity : $$\Delta(\tau)=\sum_{\substack{ (x_1,\ldots,x_5)\in \mathbb{Z}^5 \\ x_1+\cdots+x_5=0 \\ x_i \equiv i ...
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Klein's invariant and negative discriminant

Let $J = J(\tau)$ be Klein's invariant and let $0 < k < 1$ be the elliptic modulus. It is known that $$J = \frac{4}{27} \frac{(1 - \lambda + \lambda^2)^3}{\lambda^2 (1 - \lambda)^2},$$ where ...
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A question on the Prime number theorem

Let $N\geq1$. Could we infer $$\sum_{n\leq N}\mu(n)\ll N\exp(-c\sqrt{\log N})$$from $$\sum_{n\leq N}\Lambda(n)= N+O(N\exp( -c\sqrt{\log N})$$or $$\sum_{p \leq N}1=Li(x)$$ without resorting to the ...
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Relations between the Eisenstein series and the hypergeometric series

It is known that $$E_4(\tau) = {}_{2}F_{1}\left(\frac{1}{12}, \frac{5}{12}; 1; \frac{1}{J(\tau)}\right)^4$$ and $$E_6(\tau) = {}_{2}F_{1}\left(\frac{1}{12}, \frac{7}{12}; 1; \frac{1}{1 - ...
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Arithmetic properties of the partition function

Ramanujan mentioned in his paper in 1920 that "it appears that there are no equally simple properties for any moduli involving primes other than these three" $p(5n+4)\equiv0 \mod 5$ $p(7n+5)\equiv0 ...
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Modular forms on the theta group

The theta group $\Gamma$ is the subgroup of $SL(2;\mathbb{Z})$ generated by $T=\begin{pmatrix} 1 & 2 \\ 0 & 1 \end{pmatrix}$ and $S=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & -1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{pmatrix}.$ It ...
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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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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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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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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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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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$f,f',…,f^{(j)}$ is $\mathbb C$-linearly independent if $f$ is a modular form

Conjecture: Let be $f$ a modular form of weight $k$ and $j$ a strictly positive integer, then the set $f,f',...,f^{(j)}$ is $\mathbb C$-linearly independent in $A$. Is that conjecture true or false? ...
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Number of $SL_2(\mathbb{Z})$-translates lying within a fixed ray in $\mathfrak{h}$

This is probably an easy question, but I can't seem get the right idea so here goes: Let $\tau \in \mathfrak{h}$ (where $\mathfrak{h}$ denotes the upper halfplane) be given. For any two positive real ...
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What is a cusp parameter?

I was reading this paper, and on the first page they define a cusp form as $$ f(z) = \sum_{n > -\alpha} a(n) e^{2\pi i (n + \alpha)z}. $$ Is this equivalent to the usual definition of a cusp form ...
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A specific point on the modular curve X(2)

Let $\lambda$ be the lambda modular function on the complex upper half plane. It induces an analytic isomorphism $\lambda:X(2) \longrightarrow \mathbf{P}^1$ and sends $X(2) - Y(2)$ to $\{0,1,\infty\}$ ...
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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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Tori conformally equivalent

Let $L_1,L_2$ be the lattices generated by $\{1,\tau_1\},\{1,\tau_2\}$ respectively and $X_1=\mathbb C / L_1, X_2= \mathbb C / L_2 $ the corresponding complex tori. We look to prove that $X_1,X_2$ ...
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What is an exponential singularity?

In Ken Ono's Lecture notes on Harmonic Maass forms and Mock Modular Functions (here) the author uses the term "exponential singularity". What does this mean? Thanks a lot!
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show that $\sum P(x,y) e^{x^2 + y^2}$ is a modular form over $\Gamma_0(4)$ where $P(x,y) = x^4 - 6 x^2 y^2 + y^4$

In these lecture notes of Zagier, I read that generalized theta functions are still modular forms. Let $q = e^{2\pi i z}$ $$\theta(z) = \sum_{(x,y) \in \mathbb{Z}} \Big[ x^4 - 6 x^2 y^2 + y^4 \Big] ...
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Zeros of the second derivative of the modular $j$-function

I am interested in the zeros of $j''(z)$, where $j:\mathbb{H}\rightarrow\mathbb{C}$ is the classic modular function. Specifically I am interested in knowing if the zeros of $j''$ are algebraic over ...
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Archimedean Hecke Algebra for number fields

Suppose we have a $GL_1$ over a number field $F$. I am interested in a description for the archimedean Hecke algebra (always taking the maximal compact subgroup). We know will be the tensor product ...
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Maass forms as sections of line bundles?

One way of obtained modular forms are as global sections of line bundle on the modular surface. On the other hand, I have not seen Maass forms constructed this way. (Though there is some work does ...
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Differentiation formula in Miyake's “Modular Forms”

Miyake proves this lemma (and subsequently uses it to show the area of a hyperbolic triangle is the angle deficit): $$ (y^{-1}dz)\circ \alpha - y^{-1}dz = -2i d[log(j(\alpha,z)],$$ where $\alpha = ...
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How are holomorphic and real-analytic Eisenstein series related?

The holomorphic Eisenstein series can be given as $$G_{2k}(z)=\sum_{(c,d)\in{\bf Z}^2\backslash(0,0)}\frac{1}{(cz+d)^{2k}}$$ while the real-analytic Eisenstein series is ...
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Finding the value of a sum of two Hecke eigenvalues

I did some computations but I am stuck in finding the exression of the sum $$\lambda_f(n^2)+\lambda_f(n)^2 $$ in terms of $\lambda_f(n),$ where $f$ is a modular form for the full modular group. Any ...
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Why are rational numbers required in cusps of congruence subgroups?

While we consider the action of congruence subgroups on $\mathbb{H}$ (the upper half plane), we compactify using an additional point at infinity, that is fine. But why do we add even all rational ...
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Holomorphicity and modularity of Jacobi forms

I am reading this paper Suerconformal algebras and mock theta functions by T. Eguchi and K. Hikami. In section 3.2, the authors define a function $$J(z;w;\tau) = ...
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Representations of $\mathbb{H}^{\times}$ and $\mathbb{H}^{\times}/\mathbb{R}^{\times}$.

In an attempt to recapture Eichler's theta correspondence I have hit a stumbling block. Let $D$ be a quaternion algebra over $\mathbb{Q}$, ramified at $p,\infty$. Also let $V_j = ...
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Find motivation for calculating $\int_{2}^{X} A^2(t) A(\alpha t)dt$

I read a thesis of Kong Kar Lun (student of Tsang K.M) about the some mean value theorems for certain errors terms in analytic number theory and in which he gave the asymptotic formulas of the ...
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Modular form $f(z)$ vs $f(Nz)$

Is it a fact that if $f(z)$ is a modular form of weight $k$ for $\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})$ then $f(Nz)$ is a modular form of weight $k$ for $\Gamma_0(N)$? I tried considering this by simply making ...
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Show the Dedekind $\eta(\tau)$ function is a modular form of weight $\frac{1}{2}$ for $\Gamma_0(6)$

Given that $\Gamma_0(6)$ is generated by matrices in the set $$G = \left\{\left(\begin{array}{cc} 1 & 1\\ 0 & 1 \end{array}\right), \left(\begin{array}{cc} 7 & -3\\ 12 & -5 ...