MAGIC049: Modular Forms

Course details

Semester

Spring 2010
Monday, January 11th to Friday, March 19th

Hours

Live lecture hours
20
Recorded lecture hours
0
Total advised study hours
0

Timetable

Tuesdays
09:05 - 09:55
Tuesdays
14:05 - 14:55

Description

Modular forms (and automorphic forms/representations) play an increasingly central role in modern number theory, but also in other branches of mathematics and even in physics. This course gives an introduction to the subject. Here is a sample of topics we plan to cover:
  • Modular curves, also as Riemann surfaces and as moduli space of elliptic curves (over C);
  • Modular functions and forms, basic properties, Eisenstein series, eta-function;
  • Hecke operators, Petersson scalar product;
  • Modular forms and Dirichlet series, functional equation;
  • Theta series, arithmetic applications;
  • Basics of modular forms of half integral weight;
  • Time permitting, a brief discussion of Eichler-Shimura theory.
There are now several good introductory texts on modular forms (each with somewhat different focus) such as A First Course in Modular Forms by Diamond and Shurman, Topics in Classical Automorphic Forms by Iwaniec, Introduction to Elliptic Curves and Modular Forms by Koblitz, and Modular Forms by Miyake. Of course there is also the classical text by Serre and the 1971 book by Shimura.

Prerequisites: Good command of complex analysis and algebra. Occasionally, some knowledge of algebraic number theory and Riemann surface theory would be helpful.

Prerequisites

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Syllabus

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Lecturer

  • JF

    Prof Jens Funke

    University
    Durham University

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