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Fourier expansions for Eisenstein series twisted by modular symbols and the distribution of multiples of real points on an elliptic curve

Cowan, Alexander

This thesis consists of two unrelated parts.
In the first part of this thesis, we give explicit expressions for the Fourier coefficients of Eisenstein series E∗(z, s, χ) twisted by modular symbols ⟨γ, f⟩ in the case where the level of f is prime and equal to the conductor of the Dirichlet character χ. We obtain these expressions by computing the spectral decomposition of an automorphic function closely related to E∗(z, s, χ). We then give applications of these expressions. In particular, we evaluate sums such as Σχ(γ)⟨γ, f⟩, where the sum is over γ ∈ Γ∞\Γ0(N) with c^2 + d^2 < X, with c and d being the lower-left and lower-right entries of γ respectively. This parallels past work of Goldfeld, Petridis, and Risager, and we observe that these sums exhibit different amounts of cancellation than what one might expect.
In the second part of this thesis, given an elliptic curve E and a point P in E(R), we investigate the distribution of the points nP as n varies over the integers, giving bounds on the x and y coordinates of nP and determining the natural density of integers n for which nP lies in an arbitrary open subset of {R}^2. Our proofs rely on a connection to classical topics in the theory of Diophantine approximation.


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Goldfeld, Dorian
Ph.D., Columbia University
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April 25, 2019