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Hilbert Modular Forms and the Gross--Stark Conjecture

Algebra & Discrete Mathematics

Speaker: Samit Dasgupta, UC Santa Cruz, Mathematics
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Fri, Feb 13 2009, 2:10PM

Let $H/F$ denote a finite extension of number fields. In the 1970s, Stark stated a series of conjectures relating the leading terms of the partial zeta-functions of $H/F$ to the absolute values of certain units in $H$. The most explicit of these conjectures, known as the ``rank one abelian Stark conjecture," applies when $H/F$ is an abelian extension and all its partial zeta-functions vanish at $s=0$. In 1982, Gross stated certain $p$-adic analogues of Stark's conjectures, including an analogue of the rank one abelian conjecture. In this talk we describe a proof of Gross's $p$-adic analogue of Stark's rank one abelian conjecture under certain technical hypotheses. Our technique is to consider certain $p$-adic families of modular forms constructed from Eisenstein series, and to study their associated Galois representations. The methods draw strongly from those of Ribet in his proof of the converse to Herbrand's theorm, and those of Greenberg and Stevens in their proof of the Mazur-Tate-Teitelbaum conjecture. For simplicity, we will concentrate on the case F=Q in this talk. This is joint work with Henri Darmon and Rob Pollack.