Arithmetic monodromy actions on the pro-metabelian fundamental group of punctured elliptic curves

Number Theory Seminar

William Chen (IAS)

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 -
3:15pm to 4:15pm
119 Physics

For a finite 2-generated group G, one can consider the moduli of elliptic curves equipped with G-structures, which is roughly a G-Galois cover of the elliptic curve, unramified away from the origin. The resulting moduli spaces are quotients of the upper half plane by possibly noncongruence subgroups of SL(2,Z). When G is abelian, it is easy to see that such level structures are equivalent to classical congruence level structures, but in general it is difficult to classify the groups G which yield congruence level structures. In this talk I will focus on a recent joint result with Pierre Deligne, where we show that for any metabelian G, G-structures are congruence in an arithmetic sense. We do this by studying the monodromy action of the fundamental group of the moduli stack of elliptic curves (over Q) on the pro-metabelian fundamental group of a punctured elliptic curve.

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