The brauer group of the moduli stack of elliptic curves

Benjamin Antieau, Lennart Meier, Martin Olsson

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We compute the Brauer group of M1;1, the moduli stack of elliptic curves, over Spec ℤ, its localizations, finite fields of odd characteristic, and algebraically closed fields of characteristic not 2. The methods involved include the use of the parameter space of Legendre curves and the moduli stack M(2) of curves with full (naive) level 2 structure, the study of the Leray-Serre spectral sequence in étale cohomology and the Leray spectral sequence in fppf cohomology, the computation of the group cohomology of S3 in a certain integral representation, the classification of cubic Galois extensions of ℚ, the computation of Hilbert symbols in the ramified case for the primes 2 and 3, and finding p-adic elliptic curves with specified properties.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2295-2333
Number of pages39
JournalAlgebra and Number Theory
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2020


  • Brauer groups
  • Hilbert symbols
  • Level structures
  • Moduli of elliptic curves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory

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