Abstract by Jonathan Hales

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Jonathan Hales

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Michael Griffin

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Michael Griffin


Modular Parameterizations of Elliptic Curves


The modularity theorem implies that for every elliptic curve E /Q there exist rational maps from the modular curve X_0(N) to E, where N is the conductor of E. These maps may be expressed in terms of pairs of modular functions X(z) and Y(z) that satisfy the Weierstrass equation for E as well as a certain differential equation. Using these two relations, we construct a recursive algorithm to calculate the q - expansions of these parameterizations at any cusp. These functions are algebraic over Q(j(z)) and satisfy modular polynomials where each of the coefficient functions are rational functions in j(z). Using these functions, we determine the divisor of the parameterization and the preimage of rational points on E. We give a sufficient condition for when these preimages correspond to CM points on X_0(N).