The Asai (or twisted tensor) L-function attached to a Bianchi modular form is the 'restriction to the rationals' of the standard L-function. Introduced by Asai in 1977, subsequent study has linked its special values to the arithmetic of the corresponding form. In this talk, I will discuss joint work with David Loeffler in which we construct a p-adic Asai L-function -- that is, a measure on Z_p* that interpolates the critical values L^As(f,chi,1) -- for ordinary weight 2 Bianchi modular forms. We use a new method for constructing p-adic L-functions, using Kato's system of Siegel units to build a 'Betti analogue' of an Euler system, building on algebraicity results of Ghate. I will start by giving a brief introduction to p-adic L-functions and Bianchi modular forms, and if time permits, I will briefly mention another case where the method should apply, that of non-self-dual automorphic representations for GL(3).
- Number Theory Seminar