#### Alladi Ramakrishnan Hall

#### The geometry of the upper half-plane over the field with p elements

#### L. Merel

##### University of Paris VII

*Let p be a prime number. B. Edixhoven has a discovered curious relation in the*

representation theory of GL_2(F_p), which can be restated in the geometry of the

space formed by a field with p^2 elements deprived of its subfield with p elements

(the « upper half-plane» over F_p). A theorem of Chen on certain isogenies of modular

abelian varieties follows. We will not discuss Chen’s theorem until lecture 4 but we

will explain the signification of Edixhoven's relation for congruence subgroups of

SL_2(Z) and its application for modular curves and modular forms.

Prerequisite : Nothing but basic group theory for the first part. Some knowledge of

modular forms will be useful for the second part. However all concepts will be

recalled.

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