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40 2 Modular Forms for SL2 (Z) Reduction modulo d gives ab ≡ aβ mod d . Being a divisor of n, the number a is coprime to d , so b ≡ β mod(d ). In the same way we get b ≡ β mod d. Hence Rm Rn = Rmn and so Tm Tn f = m 2 −1 Tn f |y = (mn) 2 −1 k k y∈Rm f |(yz) y∈Rm z∈Rn = (mn) 2 −1 k f |w = Tmn f. w∈Rmn For the last point note p Rp = 1 ∪ 1 x pb : b p : b mod p , as well as pa Rp n = a,b≥0, a+b=n . x mod(p b ) It follows that R p Rp n = p a+1 px pb : a,b≥0, a+b=n x mod(p b ) p n+1 The second set, together with over this gives the term Tpn+1 .

We conclude f = g. 23 For a normalized Hecke eigenform f (z) = ∞ n n=0 c(n)q we have • c(mn) = c(m)c(n) if gcd(m, n) = 1, • c(p)c(p n ) = c(p n+1 ) + p k−1 c(p n−1 ), n ≥ 1. 4. 24 We say that a Dirichlet series L(s) = ∞ n=1 an n , which converges in some half plane {Re(s) > a}, has an Euler product of degree k ∈ N, if for every prime p there is a polynomial Qp (x) = 1 + ap,1 x + · · · + ap,k x k such that in the domain Re(s) > a one has L(s) = p 1 . 5. 26 The L-function L(f, s) = ∞ n=1 c(n)n ∞ n eigenform f (z) = n=0 c(n)q ∈ Mk has an Euler product: L(f, s) = p 1 , 1 − c(p)p −s + p k−1−2s which converges locally uniformly absolutely for Re(s) > k.

One defines σf = f |σ −1 and one then gets (σ σ )f = σ (σ f ). Proof The only non-trivial assertion is f |(σ σ ) = (f |σ )|σ . For k = 0 this is simply: f | σ σ (z) = f σ σ z = f |σ σ z = (f |σ )|σ (z). Let j (σ, z) = (cz + d). One verifies that this ‘factor of automorphy’ satisfies a so-called cocycle relation: j σ σ , z = j σ, σ z j σ , z . As f |k σ (z) = j (σ, z)−k f |0 σ (z), we conclude f |k σ σ (z) = j σ σ , z −k = j σ, σ z −k f |0 σ σ (z) j σ ,z −k (f |0 σ )|0 σ (z) = (f |k σ )|k σ (z).