Poincaré series (modular form)

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Not to be confused with the Hilbert–Poincaré series.

In number theory, a Poincaré series is a mathematical series generalizing the classical theta series that is associated to any discrete group of symmetries of a complex domain, possibly of several complex variables. In particular, they generalize classical Eisenstein series. They are named after Henri Poincaré.

If Γ is a finite group acting on a domain D and H(z) is any meromorphic function on D, then one obtains an automorphic function by averaging over Γ:

However, if Γ is a discrete group, then additional factors must be introduced in order to assure convergence of such a series. To this end, a Poincaré series is a series of the form

where Jγ is the Jacobian determinant of the group element γ,[1] and the asterisk denotes that the summation takes place only over coset representatives yielding distinct terms in the series.

The classical Poincaré series of weight 2k of a Fuchsian group Γ is defined by the series

the summation extending over congruence classes of fractional linear transformations

belonging to Γ. Choosing H to be a character of the cyclic group of order n, one obtains the so-called Poincaré series of order n:

The latter Poincaré series converges absolutely and uniformly on compact sets (in the upper halfplane), and is a modular form of weight 2k for Γ. Note that, when Γ is the full modular group and n = 0, one obtains the Eisenstein series of weight 2k. In general, the Poincaré series is, for n ≥ 1, a cusp form.


  1. ^ Or a more general factor of automorphy as discussed in Kollár 1995, §5.2.