Pseudorepresentations and the Eisenstein ideal

Pseudorepresentations and the Eisenstein ideal - Preston Wake

Preston Wake
University of California, Los Angeles
November 9, 2017

Abstract:  In his ladmark 1976 paper "Modular curves and the Eisenstein ideal", Mazur studied congruences modulo p between cusp forms and an Eisenstein series of weight 2 and prime level N. We use deformation theory of pseudorepresentations to study the corresponding Hecke algebra. We will discuss how this method can be used to refine Mazur's results, quantifying the number of Eisenstein congruences.  We'll also discuss some partial results in the composite-level case.  This is joint work with Carl Wang-Erickson.