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Newforms and congruence graphs

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Samuele Anni
Wed, 2018-04-11 16:30 - 17:30
MPIM Lecture Hall
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Number theory lunch seminar

The theory of congruences of modular forms is a central topic in contemporary number theory, lying at the basis of the proof of Mazur's theorem on torsion in elliptic curves, Fermat's Last Theorem, and Sato-Tate, amongst others.
Congruences are a display of the interplay between geometry and arithmetic. In order to study them, in a joint work with Vandita Patel (University of Toronto), we are constructing graphs encoding congruence relations between classical newforms. These graphs have extremely interesting features: they help our understanding on the structure of Hecke algebras, and they are also a new tool in the study of numerous conjectures.
In this talk I will describe these new objects, show examples and explain some of the possible applications and generalizations.

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