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# Mathematical Research Letters

## Volume 11 (2004)

### Number 1

### The Hecke Algebra $\mathbf T_k$ has Large Index

Pages: 125 – 137

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/MRL.2004.v11.n1.a12

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#### Abstract

Let $\mathbf T_k(N)^{\mathrm{new}}$ denote the Hecke algebra acting on newforms of weight $k$ and level $N$. We prove that the power of $p$ dividing the index of $\mathbf T_k(N)^{\mathrm{new}}$ inside its normalisation grows at least linearly with $k$ (for fixed $N$), answering a question of Serre. We also apply our method to give heuristic evidence towards recent conjectures of Buzzard and Mazur.}