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On the generation of the coefficient field of a newform by a single Hecke eigenvalue

Koopa Tak-Lun Koo, William Stein and Gabor Wiese

Number 17
Author Gabor Wiese
Project A09
Year 2008

Let f be a non-CM newform of weight k ≥ 2. Let L be a subfield of the coefficient field of f. We completely settle the question of the density of the set of primes p such that the p-th coefficient of f generates the field L. This density is determined by the inner twists of f. As a particular case, we obtain that in the absence of non-trivial inner twists, the density is 1 for L equal to the whole coefficient field. We also present some new data on reducibility of Hecke polynomials, which suggest questions for further investigation.

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