##### Department of Mathematics,

University of California San Diego

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### Math 209 - Number Theory

## Aaron Pollack

#### UC San Diego

## Singular modular forms on quaternionic $E_8$

##### Abstract:

The exceptional group $E_{7,3}$ has a symmetric space with Hermitian tube structure. On it, Henry Kim wrote down low weight holomorphic modular forms that are ``singular'' in the sense that their Fourier expansion has many terms equal to zero. The symmetric space associated to the exceptional group $E_{8,4}$ does not have a Hermitian structure, but it has what might be the next best thing: a quaternionic structure and associated ``modular forms''. I will explain the construction of singular modular forms on $E_{8,4}$, and the proof that these special modular forms have rational Fourier expansions, in a precise sense. This builds off of work of Wee Teck Gan and uses key input from Gordan Savin.

Host: Kiran Kedlaya

### October 8, 2020

### 2:00 PM

### https://www.math.ucsd.edu/\~{}nts/

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