Illinois Journal of Mathematics

Differential equations satisfied by modular forms and $K3$ surfaces

Yifan Yang and Noriko Yui

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We study differential equations satisfied by modular forms of two variables associated to $\Gamma_1\times \Gamma_2$, where $\Gamma_i$ ($i=1,2$) are genus zero subgroups of $SL_2(\R)$ commensurable with $SL_2(\Z)$, e.g., $\Gamma_0(N)$ or $\Gamma_0(N)^*$ for some $N$. In some examples, these differential equations are realized as the Picard-Fuchs differential equations of families of $K3$ surfaces with large Picard numbers, e.g., $19, 18, 17, 16$. Our method rediscovers some of the Lian-Yau examples of "modular relations" involving power series solutions to the second and the third order differential equations of Fuchsian type in \cite{LY1}, \cite{LY2}.

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Illinois J. Math., Volume 51, Number 2 (2007), 667-696.

First available in Project Euclid: 13 November 2009

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Primary: 11F23: Relations with algebraic geometry and topology
Secondary: 11F11: Holomorphic modular forms of integral weight 14D05: Structure of families (Picard-Lefschetz, monodromy, etc.) 14J28: $K3$ surfaces and Enriques surfaces 33C70: Other hypergeometric functions and integrals in several variables


Yang, Yifan; Yui, Noriko. Differential equations satisfied by modular forms and $K3$ surfaces. Illinois J. Math. 51 (2007), no. 2, 667--696. doi:10.1215/ijm/1258138437.

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