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On the nonvanishing of generalised Kato classes for elliptic curves of rank 2

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 February 2022

Francesc Castella
Department of Mathematics, University of California Santa Barbara, CA93106, United States; E-mail:
Ming-Lun Hsieh
Institute of Mathematics, Academia Sinica, Taipei10617, Taiwan; E-mail: Mathematics Division, National Center for Theoretic Sciences, Taipei10617, Taiwan


Let $E/\mathbf {Q}$ be an elliptic curve and $p>3$ be a good ordinary prime for E and assume that $L(E,1)=0$ with root number $+1$ (so $\text {ord}_{s=1}L(E,s)\geqslant 2$ ). A construction of Darmon–Rotger attaches to E and an auxiliary weight 1 cuspidal eigenform g such that $L(E,\text {ad}^{0}(g),1)\neq 0$ , a Selmer class $\kappa _{p}\in \text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)$ , and they conjectured the equivalence

$$ \begin{align*} \kappa_{p}\neq 0\quad\Longleftrightarrow\quad{\textrm{dim}}_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}\textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{p}E)=2. \end{align*} $$

In this article, we prove the first cases on Darmon–Rotger’s conjecture when the auxiliary eigenform g has complex multiplication. In particular, this provides a new construction of nontrivial Selmer classes for elliptic curves of rank 2.

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1 Introduction

Let E be an elliptic curve over $\mathbf {Q}$ (hence modular [Reference Wiles51Reference Taylor and Wiles46Reference Breuil, Conrad, Diamond and Taylor8]) with associated L-function $L(E,s)$ . In the late 1980s, a major advance towards the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer (BSD) conjecture was the proof, by Gross–Zagier and Kolyvagin, of the implication


In the proof of $(1.1)$ an imaginary quadratic field $K/\mathbf {Q}$ is chosen such that $\text {ord}_{s=1}L(E/K,s)=1$ and for which a Heegner point $y_{K}\in E(\mathbf {Q})$ can be constructed using the theory of complex multiplication and a modular parametrisation of E. By the Gross–Zagier formula [Reference Gross and Zagier21], the nonvanishing of $L^{\prime }(E/K,1)$ implies that $y_{K}$ has infinite order and the proof of (1.1) is reduced to the proof of the implication


which is a celebrated theorem by Kolyvagin [Reference Kolyvagin31].

A more recent major advance towards BSD arises from the works of Kato [Reference Kato29], Skinner–Urban [Reference Skinner and Urban45] and Xin Wan [Reference Wan49] on the Iwasawa main conjectures for elliptic modular forms, which, in particular, yield a proof of a p-converse to (1.2)


for certain primes p of good ordinary reduction for E, an implication first realised by Skinner [Reference Skinner43]. (A different proof of (1.3) was obtained independently by Wei Zhang [Reference Zhang53] as a consequence of his proof of Kolyvagin’s conjecture.) Together with the Gross–Zagier formula, (1.3) yields a p-converse to the theorem $(1.1)$ of Gross–Zagier and Kolyvagin.

It is natural to ask about the extension of these results to elliptic curves $E/\mathbf {Q}$ of rank $r>1$ . As a first step in this direction, in this article we prove certain analogues of (1.2) and (1.3) in rank 2, with $y_{K}$ replaced by a generalised Kato class

$$ \begin{align*} \kappa_{p}^{}\in\textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{p}E) \end{align*} $$

introduced by Darmon–Rotger. Here, $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)\subseteq \text {H}^{1}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)$ is the p-adic Selmer group fitting into the exact sequence


is the p-adic Tate module of the Tate–Shafarevich group


1.1 The Darmon–Rotger conjecture

We begin by briefly recalling the construction of $\kappa _{p}$ by Darmon–Rotger [Reference Darmon and Rotger18Reference Darmon and Rotger17]. One starts by associating a global cohomology class

$$ \begin{align*} \kappa_{\gamma,\delta}(f,g,h)\in\textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},V_{fgh}),\nonumber \end{align*} $$

where $V_{fgh}=V_{p}(f)\otimes V_{p}(g)\otimes V_{p}(h)$ is the tensor product of the p-adic Galois representations associated to f, g and h to the data of

  • a triple of eigenforms $(f,g,h)\in S_{2}(\Gamma _{0}(N_{f}))\times S_{1}(\Gamma _{0}(N_{g}),\chi )\times S_{1}(\Gamma _{0}(N_{h}),\bar {\chi })$ of weights $(2,1,1)$ and levels prime-to-p with

    (1.4) $$ \begin{align} \textrm{gcd}(N_{f},N_{g}N_{h})=1, \end{align} $$
  • a choice of roots $\gamma \in \{\alpha _{g},\beta _{g}\}$ and $\delta \in \{\alpha _{h},\beta _{h}\}$ of the Hecke polynomials of g and h at p, assumed to be regular; that is, $\alpha _{g}\neq \beta _{g}$ and $\alpha _{h}\neq \beta _{h}$ .

Letting $g^{\flat }$ and $h^{\flat }$ be the p-stabilisations of g and h with $U_{p}$ -eigenvalue $\gamma $ and $\delta $ , the class $\kappa _{\gamma ,\delta }(f,g,h)$ is defined as the p-adic limit

(1.5) $$ \begin{align} \kappa_{\gamma,\delta}(f,g,h):=\lim_{\ell\to 1}\kappa(f,{\boldsymbol{g}}_{\ell},{\boldsymbol{h}}_{\ell}), \end{align} $$

where $({\boldsymbol {g}}_{\ell },{\boldsymbol {h}}_{\ell })$ runs over the classical weight $\ell \geqslant 2$ specialisations of Hida families ${\boldsymbol {g}}$ and ${\boldsymbol {h}}$ passing through $g^{\flat }$ and $h^{\flat }$ in weight $1$ , and $\kappa (f,{\boldsymbol {h}}_{\ell },{\boldsymbol {h}}_{\ell })$ is obtained from the p-adic étale Abel–Jacobi image of generalised Gross–Kudla–Schoen diagonal cycles [Reference Gross and Kudla20Reference Gross and Schoen22].

Remark 1.1. Under assumption (1.4), the sign in the functional equation for the triple product L-series $L(s,f\otimes {\boldsymbol {g}}_{\ell }\otimes {\boldsymbol {h}}_{\ell })$ is $-1$ for all $\ell \geqslant 2$ ; in particular, $L(1,f\otimes {\boldsymbol {g}}_{\ell }\otimes {\boldsymbol {h}}_{\ell })=0$ , and by the Gross–Zagier formula for diagonal cycles (proved in [Reference Yuan, Zhang and Zhang52] for $\ell =2$ ) the classes $\kappa (f,{\boldsymbol {g}}_{\ell },{\boldsymbol {h}}_{\ell })$ should be nontrivial precisely when $L^{\prime }(1,f\otimes {\boldsymbol {g}}_{\ell }\otimes {\boldsymbol {h}}_{\ell })\neq 0$ . On the other hand, the global root number of $L(s,f\otimes g\otimes h)$ is $+1$ and it is precisely this sign change phenomenon between weights $\ell \geqslant 2$ and $\ell =1$ that makes it possible for the p-adic limit construction (1.5) to yield interesting cohomology classes in situations of even analytic rank; in fact, as we recall below, classes that are crystalline at p precisely when $\text {ord}_{s=1}L(s,f\otimes g\otimes h)\geqslant 2$ .

Under the hypothesis that $p>3$ is a prime of good ordinary reduction for f, the explicit reciprocity law of [Reference Darmon and Rotger18] yields a formula of the form

(1.6) $$ \begin{align} \textrm{exp}_{p}^{*}(\kappa_{\gamma,\delta}(f,g,h))=L(1,f\otimes g\otimes h)\cdot(\mbox{nonzero constant}), \end{align} $$

where $\text {exp}_{p}^{*}:\text {H}^{1}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgh})\rightarrow {\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ is the composition of the restriction map

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Loc}_{p}:\textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},V_{fgh})\rightarrow\textrm{H}^{1}({\mathbf{Q}}_{p},V_{fgh}) \end{align*} $$

with the dual exponential map of Bloch–Kato [Reference Bloch and Kato7] paired against a differential associated to $(f,g,h)$ . As a result, the class $\kappa _{\gamma ,\delta }(f,g,h)$ is crystalline at p and therefore lands in the Bloch–Kato Selmer group $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgh})\subset \text {H}^{1}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgh})$ , precisely when $L(s,f\otimes g\otimes h)$ vanishes at $s=1$ . With the different choices for $\gamma $ and $\delta $ , one thus obtains four – a priori distinct – classes $\kappa _{\gamma ,\delta }(f,g,h)\in \text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgh})$ whenever $L(1,f\otimes g\otimes h)=0$ , and Darmon–Rotger conjectured (see [Reference Darmon and Rotger17, Conj. 3.2]) that the following are equivalent:

  1. (a) the classes $\kappa _{\gamma ,\delta }(f,g,h)$ span a nontrivial subspace of $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgh})$ ,

  2. (b) $\text {dim}_{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgh})=2$ ,

assuming for simplicity that the Hecke fields of f, g and h embed into ${\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ .

The adjoint rank $(2,0)$ setting

The construction of $\kappa _{\gamma ,\delta }(f,g,h)$ yields classes with a bearing on the arithmetic of elliptic curves $E/\mathbf {Q}$ by taking f to be the newform associated to E and $h=g^{*}$ to be the dual of g, so that the triple tensor product $V_{fgg^{*}}$ decomposes as

(1.7) $$ \begin{align} V_{fgg^{*}}\simeq V_{p}E\oplus\big(V_{p}E\otimes\textrm{ad}^{0}V_{p}(g)\big), \end{align} $$

where $\text {ad}^{0}V_{p}(g)$ is the 3-dimensional $G_{\mathbf {Q}}$ -representation on the space of trace zero endomorphisms of $V_{p}(g)$ . Correspondingly, $L(s,f\otimes g\otimes g^{*})$ factors as

$$ \begin{align*} L(s,f\otimes g\otimes g^{*})=L(E,s)\cdot L(E,\textrm{ad}^{0}(g),s).\nonumber \end{align*} $$

In particular, the above construction yields the four generalised Kato classes

(1.8) $$ \begin{align} \kappa_{\alpha_{g},\alpha_{g}^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*}),\quad\kappa_{\alpha_{g},\beta_{g}^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*}),\quad\kappa_{\beta_{g},\alpha_{g}^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*}),\quad\kappa_{\beta_{g},\beta_{g}^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*}) \end{align} $$

landing (thanks to the explicit reciprocity law (1.6)) in the Selmer group

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{fgg^{*}})\simeq\textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{p}E)\oplus\textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{p}E\otimes\textrm{ad}^{0}V_{p}(g)) \end{align*} $$

whenever $L(E,1)=0$ . Since one expects $L(E,\text {ad}^{0}(g),1)\neq 0\Longleftrightarrow \text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E\otimes \text {ad}^{0}V_{p}(g))=0$ by the Bloch–Kato conjecture, the nonvanishing criterion in [Reference Darmon and Rotger17, Conj. 3.2] leads to the following prediction (see the ‘adjoint rank $(2,0)$ setting’ discussed in [Reference Darmon and Rotger18, §4.5.3]).

Conjecture 1.2 Darmon–Rotger

Suppose that $L(E,s)$ has sign $+1$ and vanishes at $s=1$ and that $L(E,\mathrm {ad}^{0}(g),1)\neq 0$ . Then the following are equivalent:

  1. (i) the four classes in $(1.8)$ span a nontrivial subspace of $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)$ .

  2. (ii) $\text {dim}_{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)=2$ .

Remark 1.3. Of course, by the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture, condition (ii) in Conjecture 1.2 should be equivalent to the condition $\text {ord}_{s=1}L(E,s)=2$ .

Remark 1.4. Note that Conjecture 1.2 does not predict that the four classes in (1.8) generate $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)$ . In fact, a strengthtening of the elliptic Stark conjectures in [Reference Darmon, Lauder and Rotger16] predicts that in the setting of Conjecture 1.2 only the classes $\kappa _{\alpha _{g},\alpha _{g}^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})$ and $\kappa _{\beta _{g},\beta _{g}^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})$ are nonzero and that they are the same class up to a nonzero algebraic constant. Our results also confirm this prediction (see Remark 1.6 and Subsection 5.7 for further details).

1.2 Statement of the main results

In this article, we prove Conjecture 1.2 in the case when the auxiliary eigenform g has complex multiplication, assuming (in fact, a weaker condition suffices) for one of the implications.

As before, let $E/\mathbf {Q}$ be an elliptic curve with good ordinary reduction at $p>3$ and let $f\in S_{2}(\Gamma _{0}(N_{f}))$ be the associated newform. Let K be an imaginary quadratic field of discriminant prime of $N_{f}$ in which $(p)={\mathfrak p}\overline {{\mathfrak p}}$ splits and let $\psi $ be a ray class character of K of conductor prime to $pN_{f}$ valued in a number field L. The weight 1 theta series $g=\theta _{\psi }$ then satisfies

$$ \begin{align*} L(E,\textrm{ad}^{0}(g),s)=L(E^{K},s)\cdot L(E/K,\chi,s), \end{align*} $$

where $E^{K}$ is the twist of E by the quadratic character associated to K and $\chi $ is the ring class character given by $\psi /\psi ^{\tau }$ , for $\psi ^{\tau }$ the composition of $\psi $ with the action of complex conjugation $\tau $ . In this case, $\alpha _{g}=\psi (\overline {\mathfrak {p}})$ and $\beta _{g}=\psi (\mathfrak {p})$ are the roots of the Hecke polynomial of g and p, which we shall simply denote by $\alpha $ and $\beta $ , respectively, and $g^{*}$ is the theta series of $\psi ^{-1}$ . As in the formulation of the conjectures in [Reference Darmon and Rotger17], we assume that $\alpha _{g}\neq \beta _{g}$ ; that is, $\chi (\overline {{\mathfrak p}})\neq 1$ .

Let $\bar {\rho }_{E,p}:G_{\mathbf {Q}}\rightarrow \text {Aut}_{\mathbf {F}_{p}}(E[p])$ be the mod p representation associated to E and denote by $N_{f}^{-}$ the largest factor of $N_{f}$ divisible only by primes that are inert in K. Finally, let

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Loc}_{p}:\textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{p}E)\rightarrow\textrm{H}^{1}({\mathbf{Q}}_{p},V_{p}E) \end{align*} $$

be the restriction map at p.

Theorem A. Suppose that $L(E,s)$ has sign $+1$ and vanishes at $s=1$ and that the value

$$ \begin{align*} L(E,\mathrm{ad}^{0}(g),1)=L(E^{K},1)\cdot L(E/K,\chi,1) \end{align*} $$

is nonzero. Suppose also that

  • $\bar {\rho }_{E,p}$ is irreducible,

  • $N_{f}^{-}$ is the squarefree of an odd number of primes,

  • $\bar {\rho }_{E,p}$ is ramified at every prime $q\vert N_{f}^{-}$ .

Then $\kappa _{\alpha ,\beta ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})=\kappa _{\beta ,\alpha ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})=0$ and the following hold:

(1.9) $$ \begin{align} \kappa_{\alpha,\alpha^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})\neq 0\quad\Longrightarrow\quad{\mathrm{dim}}_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}\mathrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{p}E)=2 \end{align} $$

and, conversely,


In particular, if $\mathrm{Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p})\neq \mathrm{ker}(\mathrm{Loc}_{p})$ , then Conjecture 1.2 holds.

Remark 1.5. The condition $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)\neq \text {ker}(\text {Loc}_{p})$ should always hold when $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)\neq 0$ . Indeed, if $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)$ equals $\text {ker}(\text {Loc}_{p})$ , then $E(\mathbf {Q})$ must be finite (since $E(\mathbf {Q})$ injects into $E({\mathbf {Q}}_{p})$ ), so if also $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)\neq 0$ , we would conclude that is infinite.

Remark 1.6. It also follows from our results that, for $g=\theta _{\psi }$ as above, the classes $\kappa _{\alpha ,\alpha ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})$ and $\kappa _{\beta ,\beta ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})$ are the same up to a nonzero algebraic constant and they span the p-adic line

$$ \begin{align*} \mathscr{L}_{p}:=\textrm{ker}(\textrm{log}_{p})\subset\textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{p}E), \end{align*} $$

where $\text {log}_{p}:\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)\rightarrow {\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ is the composition of $\text {Loc}_{p}$ with the formal group logarithm of E. When , it is suggestive to view $\mathscr {L}_{p}$ as the line spanned by the image of

$$ \begin{align*} P\wedge Q:=P\otimes Q-Q\otimes P\in \bigwedge^{2}(E(\mathbf{Q})\otimes\mathbf{Q}) \end{align*} $$

under the natural map

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Log}_{p}:\bigwedge^{2}(E(\mathbf{Q})\otimes\mathbf{Q})\rightarrow E(\mathbf{Q})\otimes{\mathbf{Q}}_{p} \end{align*} $$

induced by $\text {log}_{p}$ . This is consistent with predictions by Darmon–Rotger (see [Reference Darmon and Rotger17, §4.5.3]) and suggests the view $\kappa _{\alpha ,\alpha ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})$ as a ‘p-adic shadow’ of a rank 2 motivic regulator.

Remark 1.7. Note that the implications (1.9) and (1.10) in Theorem A are rank 2 analogues of the implications (1.2) and (1.3) by Kolyvagin and Skinner, respectively.

The key new ingredient in the proof of Theorem A is a leading term formula for an anticyclotomic p-adic L-function attached to $E/K$ in terms of anticyclotomic derived p-adic heights (see Theorem 5.3). This formula applies in arbitrary order of vanishing of $\Theta _{f/K}$ at $T=0$ and, in particular, it allows us to deduce the following p-adic analytic criterion for the nonvanishing of generalised Kato classes.

Theorem B. Under the hypotheses of Theorem A, assume in addition that $\mathrm{rank}_{\mathbf {Z}}E(\mathbf {Q})>0$ . Then the following implication holds:

$$ \begin{align*} \mathrm{ord}_{T}(\Theta_{f/K})=2\quad\Longrightarrow\quad\kappa_{\alpha,\alpha^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})\neq 0\textrm{.} \end{align*} $$

The same result holds with $\kappa _{\alpha ,\alpha ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})$ replaced by $\kappa _{\beta ,\beta ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})$ .

Remark 1.8. If $\bar {\rho }_{E,p}$ is irreducible and ramified at some prime $q\neq p$ (e.g., if E is semistable and $p\geqslant 11$ is good ordinary for E, by [Reference Ribet39] and [Reference Mazur33]), the nonvanishing results of [Reference Bump, Friedberg and Hoffstein9] and [Reference Vatsal48] assure the existence of infinitely many imaginary quadratic fields K and ring class characters $\chi $ such that

  • q is inert in K,

  • every prime factor of $N_{f}/q$ splits in K,

  • $L(E,\text {ad}^{0}(g),1)=L(E^{K},1)\cdot L(E/K,\chi ,1)\neq 0$ .

Thus, Theorem B suggests a general construction of nontrivial p-adic Selmer classes for rational elliptic curves of rank 2.

Remark 1.9. In the Appendix to this article, we apply Theorem B to numerically verify the nonvanishing of generalised Kato classes for specific rational elliptic curves of algebraic and analytic rank 2, a task that was left as ‘an interesting challenge’ by Darmon–Rotger (see [Reference Darmon and Rotger17, p. 31]).

Remark 1.10. Assume that $\text {rank}_{\mathbf {Z}}E(\mathbf {Q})=2$ and . A refinement of Conjecture 1.2 predicting the position of $\kappa _{\gamma ,\delta }(f,g,g^{*})$ relative to the natural rational structure on $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E)=E(\mathbf {Q})\otimes {\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ then leads to the expectation

(1.11) $$ \begin{align} \kappa_{\alpha,\alpha^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})\;\overset{?}\sim_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}^{\times}}\;\textrm{Log}_{p}(P\wedge Q)\;\overset{?}\sim_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}^{\times}}\;\kappa_{\beta,\beta^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*}), \end{align} $$

where $(P, Q)$ is any basis for $E(\mathbf {Q})\otimes \mathbf {Q}$ and $\sim _{\overline {\mathbf {Q}}^{\times }}$ denotes equality up to multiplication by a nonzero algebraic number. Our results confirm the predicted relation $\kappa _{\alpha ,\alpha ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})\sim _{\overline {\mathbf {Q}}^{\times }}\kappa _{\beta ,\beta ^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})$ , and in Theorem 5.5 we show that

$$ \begin{align*} \kappa_{\alpha,\alpha^{-1}}(f,g,g^{*})\sim_{\mathbf{Q}^{\times}}C\cdot \frac{1-p^{-1}\alpha_{p}}{1-\alpha_{p}^{-1}}\cdot\frac{\Theta_{f/K}^{(\mathfrak{r})}}{h_{p}^{(\mathfrak{r})}(P,Q)}\cdot\textrm{Log}_{p}(P\wedge Q), \nonumber \end{align*} $$

where C is a nonzero algebraic number, $\alpha _{p}$ is the p-adic unit root of $x^{2}-a_{p}(E)x+p$ (with $a_{p}(E)=p+1-\#E(\mathbf {F}_{p})$ as usual), $\Theta _{f/K}^{(\mathfrak {r})}$ is the leading term of $\Theta _{f/K}$ at $T=0$ and $h_{p}^{(\mathfrak {r})}$ is the anticyclotomic $\mathfrak {r}$ th derived p-adic height pairing. In particular, this implies that the conjectured algebraicity in $(1.11)$ follows from a p-adic Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture refining [Reference Bertolini and Darmon4, Conj. 4.3] (see Subsection 5.7).

1.3 Relation to previous work

Prior to this article, the only general results (known to the authors) on the existence on nonzero Selmer classes for elliptic curves $E/\mathbf {Q}$ of rank $r>1$ are in forthcoming work of Skinner–Urban (see [Reference Urban47] for a report). Their methods, which extend those outlined in their ICM address [Reference Skinner and Urban44] for cuspidal eigenforms of weight $k\geqslant 4$ , are completely different from ours.

On the other hand, Darmon–Rotger [Reference Darmon and Rotger18] exhibited, under a certain nonvanishing hypothesis, the existence of two linearly independent classes in the Selmer groups $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{p}E\otimes \varrho )$ of elliptic curves $E/\mathbf {Q}$ twisted by degree 4 Artin representations $\varrho $ . The required nonvanishing is that of a special value $\mathscr {L}_{p}^{g_{\alpha }}$ of a certain p-adic L-function. Both their works and ours exploit the construction of generalised Kato classes introduced in [Reference Darmon and Rotger18], but in the setting we have placed ourselves in, the special value $\mathscr {L}_{p}^{g_{\alpha }}$ vanishes. The proofs of our main results are based on anticyclotomic Iwasawa theory and derived p-adic heights, both of which make no appearance in [Reference Darmon and Rotger18].

2 Triple products and theta elements

In this section we describe the triple product p-adic L-function for Hida families [Reference Hsieh28] and recall its relation with the square-root anticyclotomic p-adic L-functions of Bertolini–Darmon [Reference Bertolini and Darmon4].

2.1 Ordinary $\Lambda $ -adic forms

Fix a prime $p>2$ . Let $\mathbb {I}$ be a normal domain finite flat over , where $\mathcal O$ is the ring of integers of a finite extension $L/{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ . We say that a point $x\in \text {Spec}\;\mathbb {I}(\overline {\mathbf {Q}}_{p})$ is locally algebraic if its restriction to $1+p\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ is given by $x(\gamma )=\gamma ^{k_{x}}\epsilon _{x}(\gamma )$ for some integer $k_{x}$ , called the weight of x and some finite-order character $\epsilon _{x}:1+p\mathbf {Z}_{p}\rightarrow \mu _{p^{\infty }}$ ; we say that x is arithmetic if it has weight $k_{x}\geqslant 2$ . Let $\mathfrak {X}_{\mathbb {I}}^{+}$ be the set of arithmetic points.

Fix a positive integer N prime to p and let $\chi :(\mathbf {Z}/Np\mathbf {Z})^{\times }\rightarrow \mathcal O^{\times }$ be a Dirichlet character modulo $Np$ . Let $S^{o}(N,\chi ,\mathbb {I})$ be the space of ordinary $\mathbb {I}$ -adic cusp forms of tame level N and branch character $\chi $ , consisting of formal power series

such that for every $x\in \mathfrak {X}_{\mathbb {I}}^{+}$ the specialisation $\boldsymbol {f}_{x}(q)$ is the q-expansion of a p-ordinary cusp form $\boldsymbol {f}_{x}\in S_{k_{x}}(Np^{r_{x}+1},\chi \omega ^{2-k_{x}}\epsilon _{x})$ . Here $r_{x}$ is such that $\epsilon _{x}(1+p)$ has exact order $p^{r_{x}}$ and $\omega :(\mathbf {Z}/p\mathbf {Z})^{\times }\rightarrow \mu _{p-1}$ is the Teichmüller character.

We say that $\boldsymbol {f}\in S^{o}(N,\chi ,\mathbb {I})$ is a primitive Hida family if for every $x\in \mathfrak {X}_{\mathbb {I}}^{+}$ we have that $\boldsymbol {f}_{x}$ is an ordinary p-stabilised newform (in the sense of [Reference Hsieh28, Def. 2.4]) of tame level N. Given a primitive Hida family ${\boldsymbol {f}}\in S^{o}(N,\chi ,\mathbb {I})$ and writing $\chi =\chi ^{\prime }\chi _{p}$ with $\chi ^{\prime }$ (respectively $\chi _{p}$ ) a Dirichlet modulo N (respectively p), there is a primitive Hida family ${{\boldsymbol {f}}}^{\iota }\in S^{o}(N,\chi _{p}\overline {\chi }^{\prime },\mathbb {I})$ with Fourier coefficients

$$ \begin{align*} a_{\ell}({{\boldsymbol{f}}}^{\iota})= \begin{cases} \overline{\chi}^{\prime}(\ell)a_{\ell}({\boldsymbol{f}})&\mbox{if }\ell \nmid N{,}\\ a_{\ell}({\boldsymbol{f}})^{-1}\chi_{p}\omega^{2}(\ell)\langle\ell\rangle_{\mathbb{I}}\ell^{-1}& \mbox{if }\ell\mid N{,} \end{cases} \\[-15pt]\end{align*} $$

having the property that for every $x\in \mathfrak {X}_{\mathbb {I}}^{+}$ the specialisation ${{\boldsymbol {f}}}^{\iota }_{x}$ is the p-stabilised newform attached to the character twist ${\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}\otimes \overline {\chi }^{\prime }$ .

By [Reference Hida24] (cf. [Reference Wiles50, Thm. 2.2.1]), attached to every primitive Hida family ${\boldsymbol {f}}\in S^{o}(N,\chi ,\mathbb {I})$ there is a continuous $\mathbb {I}$ -adic representation $\rho _{\boldsymbol {f}}:G_{\mathbf {Q}}\rightarrow \text {GL}_{2}(\text {Frac}\,\mathbb {I})$ which is unramified outside $Np$ and such that for every prime $\ell \nmid Np$ ,

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{tr}\;\rho_{\boldsymbol{f}}(\textrm{Frob}_{\ell})=a_{\ell}({\boldsymbol{f}}), \quad \textrm{det}\;\rho_{{\boldsymbol{f}}}(\textrm{Frob}_{\ell})=\chi\omega^{2}(\ell)\langle\ell\rangle_{\mathbb{I}}\ell^{-1}, \\[-15pt]\end{align*} $$

where $\langle \ell \rangle _{\mathbb {I}}\in \mathbb {I}^{\times }$ is the image of $\langle \ell \rangle :=\ell \omega ^{-1}(\ell )\in 1+p\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ under the natural map

In particular, letting $\langle \varepsilon _{\text {cyc}}\rangle _{\mathbb {I}}:G_{\mathbf {Q}}\rightarrow \mathbb {I}^{\times }$ be defined by $\langle \varepsilon _{\text {cyc}}\rangle _{\mathbb {I}}(\sigma )=\langle \varepsilon _{\text {cyc}}(\sigma )\rangle _{\mathbb {I}}$ , it follows that $\rho _{\boldsymbol {f}}$ has determinant $\chi _{\mathbb {I}}^{-1}\varepsilon _{\text {cyc}}^{-1}$ , where $\chi _{\mathbb {I}}:G_{\mathbf {Q}}\rightarrow \mathbb {I}^{\times }$ is given by $\chi _{\mathbb {I}}:=\sigma _{\chi }\langle \varepsilon _{\text {cyc}}\rangle ^{-2}\langle \varepsilon _{\text {cyc}}\rangle _{\mathbb {I}}$ , with $\sigma _{\chi }$ the Galois character sending $\text {Frob}_{\ell }\mapsto \chi (\ell )^{-1}$ . Moreover, by [Reference Wiles50, Thm. 2.2.2], the restriction of $\rho _{\boldsymbol {f}}$ to $G_{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}$ is given by

(2.1) $$ \begin{align} \rho_{{\boldsymbol{f}}}\vert_{G_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}}\sim\left(\begin{array}{cc}\psi_{\boldsymbol{f}}&*\\ 0&\psi_{{\boldsymbol{f}}}^{-1}\chi_{\mathbb{I}}^{-1}\varepsilon_{\textrm{cyc}}^{-1}\end{array}\right),\\[-15pt]\nonumber \end{align} $$

where $\psi _{{\boldsymbol {f}}}:G_{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}\rightarrow \mathbb {I}^{\times }$ is the unramified character with $\psi _{\boldsymbol {f}}(\text {Frob}_{p})=a_{p}({\boldsymbol {f}})$ .

Let $T^{o}(N,\chi ,\mathbb {I})$ be the $\mathbb {I}$ -algebra generated by Hecke operators acting on $S^{0}(N,\chi ,\mathbb {I})$ , and let $\lambda _{\boldsymbol f}:T^{o}(N,\chi ,\mathbb {I})\to \mathbb {I}$ be the $\mathbb {I}$ -algebra homomorphism induced by ${\boldsymbol f}$ . Let $C(\lambda _{\boldsymbol {f}})$ be the congruence module associated with $\lambda _{\boldsymbol f}$ (see [Reference Hida25]). Under the following hypothesis:

(CR) $$ \begin{align} \mbox{the residual representation }\bar{\rho}_{{\boldsymbol{f}}}\mbox{ is absolutely irreducible and }\textit{p}\textrm{-distinguished},\\[-15pt]\nonumber \end{align} $$

it follows from results of Hida and Wiles that $C(\lambda _{\boldsymbol {f}})$ is isomorphic to $\mathbb {I}/(\eta _{{\boldsymbol {f}}})$ for some nonzero $\eta _{\boldsymbol {f}}\in \mathbb {I}$ .

2.2 Triple product p-adic L-function


$$ \begin{align*} ({\boldsymbol{f}},{\boldsymbol{g}},{\boldsymbol{h}})\in S^{o}(N_{\boldsymbol{f}},\chi_{{\boldsymbol{f}}},\mathbb{I}_{\boldsymbol{f}})\times S^{o}(N_{\boldsymbol{g}},\chi_{{\boldsymbol{g}}},\mathbb{I}_{\boldsymbol{g}})\times S^{o}(N_{\boldsymbol{h}},\chi_{{\boldsymbol{h}}},\mathbb{I}_{\boldsymbol{h}}) \end{align*} $$

be a triple of primitive Hida families. Set

$$ \begin{align*} \mathcal{R}:=\mathbb{I}_{{\boldsymbol{f}}}\hat{\otimes}_{\mathcal O}\mathbb{I}_{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\hat{\otimes}_{\mathcal O}\mathbb{I}_{{\boldsymbol{h}}}, \end{align*} $$

which is a finite extension of the three-variable Iwasawa algebra $\mathcal {R}_{0}:=\Lambda \hat {\otimes }_{\mathcal O}\Lambda \hat {\otimes }_{\mathcal O} \Lambda $ , and define the weight space $\mathfrak {X}_{\mathcal {R}}^{\boldsymbol {f}}$ for the triple $({\boldsymbol {f}},{\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {h}})$ in the ${\boldsymbol {f}}$ -dominated unbalanced range by

(2.2) $$ \begin{align} \mathfrak{X}_{\mathcal{R}}^{\boldsymbol{f}}:=\left\{ (x,y,z)\in\mathfrak{X}_{\mathbb{I}_{\boldsymbol{f}}}^{+}\times\mathfrak{X}_{\mathbb{I}_{\boldsymbol{g}}}^{\textrm{cls}}\times\mathfrak{X}_{\mathbb{I}_{\boldsymbol{h}}}^{\textrm{cls}}\;\colon\;k_{x}\geqslant k_{y}+k_{z}\;\textrm{and}\;k_{x}\equiv k_{y}+k_{z}\;(\textrm{mod}\;2)\right\}, \end{align} $$

where $\mathfrak {X}_{\mathbb {I}_{{\boldsymbol {g}}}}^{\text {cls}}\supseteq \mathfrak {X}_{\mathbb {I}_{{\boldsymbol {g}}}}^{+}$ (and, similarly, $\mathfrak {X}_{\mathbb {I}_{{\boldsymbol {h}}}}^{\text {cls}}$ ) is the set of locally algebraic points in $\text {Spec}\,{\mathbb {I}_{\boldsymbol {g}}}(\overline {\mathbf {Q}}_{p})$ for which ${\boldsymbol {g}}_{x}(q)$ is the q-expansion of a classical modular form.

For $\boldsymbol {\phi }\in \{{\boldsymbol {f}},{\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {h}}\}$ and a positive integer N prime to p and divisible by $N_{\boldsymbol {\phi }}$ , define the space of $\Lambda $ -adic test vectors $S^{o}(N,\chi _{\boldsymbol {\phi }},\mathbb {I}_{\boldsymbol {\phi }})[\boldsymbol {\phi }]$ of level N to be the $\mathbb {I}_{\boldsymbol {\phi }}$ -submodule of $S^{o}(N,\chi _{\boldsymbol {\phi }},\mathbb {I}_{\boldsymbol {\phi }})$ generated by $\{\boldsymbol {\phi }(q^{d})\}$ as d ranges over the positive divisors of $N/N_{\boldsymbol {\phi }}$ .

For the next result, set $N:=\text {lcm}(N_{\boldsymbol {f}},N_{\boldsymbol {g}},N_{\boldsymbol {h}})$ and consider the following hypothesis:

(Σ−=∅) $$\begin{align*}\mbox{for some }(x,y,z)\in\mathfrak{X}_{\mathcal{R}}^{\boldsymbol{f}}\mbox{, we have }\varepsilon_{q}({\boldsymbol{f}}_{x}^{\circ},{\boldsymbol{g}}_{y}^{\circ},{\boldsymbol{h}}_{z}^{\circ})=+1\mbox{ for all }q\vert N\textrm{,} \end{align*}$$

where $\varepsilon _{q}({\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}^{\circ },{\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}^{\circ },{\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}^{\circ })$ is the local root number at q of the Kummer self-dual twist of the tensor product of the p-adic Galois representations attached to the newforms ${\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}^{\circ }$ , ${\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}^{\circ }$ and ${\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}^{\circ }$ corresponding to ${\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}$ , ${\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}$ and ${\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}$ . We shall say that a point $(x,y,z)\in \mathfrak {X}_{\mathcal {R}}^{{\boldsymbol {f}}}$ is crystalline if the conductors of ${\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}^{\circ }$ , ${\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}^{\circ }$ and ${\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}^{\circ }$ are all prime-to-p.

Theorem 2.1. Assume that ${\boldsymbol {f}}$ satisfies hypothesis (CR) and that, in addition to hypothesis $(\Sigma ^{-}=\emptyset )$ , the triple $({\boldsymbol {f}},{\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {h}})$ satisfies

  1. (ev) $\chi _{{\boldsymbol {f}}}\chi _{{\boldsymbol {g}}}\chi _{{\boldsymbol {h}}}=\omega ^{2a}$ for some $a\in \mathbf {Z}$ ,

  2. (sq) $\mathrm{gcd}(N_{\boldsymbol {f}},N_{\boldsymbol {g}},N_{\boldsymbol {h}})$ is squarefree.

Fix a generator $\eta _{{\boldsymbol {f}}}$ of the congruence module of ${\boldsymbol {f}}$ . Then there exist $\Lambda $ -adic test vectors $(\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {h}}}})$ and an element $\mathscr {L}_{p}^{f}(\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {h}}}})\in \mathcal {R}$ such that for all crystalline $(x,y,z)\in \mathfrak {X}_{\mathcal {R}}^{\boldsymbol {f}}$ of weight $(k,\ell ,m)$ , we have

$$ \begin{align*} \mathscr{L}_{p}^{f}(\underline{\breve{{\boldsymbol{f}}}},\underline{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}},\underline{\breve{{\boldsymbol{h}}}})(x,y,z)^{2}=\Gamma(k,\ell,m)\cdot\mathcal{E}_{p}({\boldsymbol{f}}_{x},{\boldsymbol{g}}_{y},{\boldsymbol{h}}_{z})^{2}\cdot\prod_{q\mid N}\tau_{q}^{2}\cdot\frac{L({\boldsymbol{f}}_{x}^{\circ}\otimes {\boldsymbol{g}}_{y}^{\circ}\otimes {\boldsymbol{h}}_{z}^{\circ},c)}{(\sqrt{-1})^{2k}\cdot\Omega_{{\boldsymbol{f}}_{x}}^{2}}, \end{align*} $$


  • $c=(k+\ell +m-2)/2$ ,

  • $\Gamma (k,\ell ,m)=(c-1)!\cdot (c-m)!\cdot (c-\ell )!\cdot (c+1-\ell -m)!\cdot 2^4 (2\pi)^{-2k}$ ,

  • $\mathcal {E}_{p}({\boldsymbol {f}}_{x},{\boldsymbol {g}}_{y},{\boldsymbol {h}}_{z})=(1-\frac {\beta _{{\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}}\alpha _{{\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}}\alpha _{{\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}}}{p^{c}})(1-\frac {\beta _{{\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}}\beta _{{\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}}\alpha _{{\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}}}{p^{c}})(1-\frac {\beta _{{\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}}\alpha _{{\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}}\beta _{{\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}}}{p^{c}})(1-\frac {\beta _{{\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}}\beta _{{\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}}\beta _{{\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}}}{p^{c}})$ ,

  • $\tau _{q}$ is a nonzero constant (equal to either $1$ or $1+q^{-1}$ ),

  • $\Omega _{{\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}}\in \mathbf {C}^{\times }$ is the canonical period in [Reference Hsieh28, Def. 3.12] computed with respect to $\eta _{{\boldsymbol {f}}}$ ,

and $L({\boldsymbol {f}}_{x}^{\circ }\otimes {\boldsymbol {g}}_{y}^{\circ }\otimes {\boldsymbol {h}}_{z}^{\circ },c)$ is the central value of the triple product L-function.

Proof. This is a special case of Theorem A in [Reference Hsieh28]. The construction of $\mathscr {L}_{p}^{f}(\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {h}}}})$ under hypotheses (CR), (ev) and (sq) is given in [Reference Hsieh28, §3.6]; the proof of its interpolation property (for all points $(x,y,z)\in \mathfrak {X}_{\mathcal {R}}^{\boldsymbol {f}}$ , rather than just those that are crystalline) assuming hypothesis ( $\Sigma ^{-}=\emptyset $ ) is given in [Reference Hsieh28, §7].

Remark 2.2. The construction of $\mathscr {L}_{p}^{f}(\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {h}}}})$ is based on Hida’s p-adic Rankin–Selberg convolution [Reference Hida23] and applies to any choice of test vectors for $({\boldsymbol {f}},{\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {h}})$ . In the following, for any test vectors $({\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},{\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},{\breve {{\boldsymbol {h}}}})$ we use $\mathscr {L}_{p}^{f}({\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},{\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},{\breve {{\boldsymbol {h}}}})$ to denote the associated triple product p-adic L-function (but note that in the proof of our main results the specific choice $(\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {h}}}})$ will be critical).

2.3 Triple tensor product of big Galois representations

Let $({\boldsymbol {f}},{\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {h}})$ be a triple of primitive Hida families with $\chi _{{\boldsymbol {f}}}\chi _{{\boldsymbol {g}}}\chi _{{\boldsymbol {h}}}=\omega ^{2a}$ for some $a\in \mathbf {Z}$ . For $\boldsymbol {\phi }\in \{{\boldsymbol {f}},{\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {h}}\}$ , let $V_{\boldsymbol {\phi }}$ be the natural lattice in $(\text {Frac}\;\mathbb {I}_{\boldsymbol {\phi }})^{2}$ realising the Galois representation $\rho _{\boldsymbol {\phi }}$ in the étale cohomology of modular curves (see [Reference Ohta34]) and set

$$ \begin{align*} \mathbb{V}_{{\boldsymbol{f}}{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{h}}}:=V_{\boldsymbol{f}}\hat\otimes_{\mathcal O}V_{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\hat\otimes_{\mathcal O}V_{{\boldsymbol{h}}}. \end{align*} $$

This has rank $8$ over $\mathcal {R}$ , and by hypothesis its determinant can be written as $\det \mathbb {V}_{{\boldsymbol {f}}{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {h}}}=\mathcal {X}^{2}\varepsilon _{\text {cyc}}$ for a p-ramified Galois character $\mathcal {X}$ taking the value $(-1)^{a}$ at complex conjugation. Similar to [Reference Howard27, Def. 2.1.3], we define the critical twist

$$ \begin{align*} \mathbb{V}_{{\boldsymbol{f}}{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{h}}}^{\dagger}:=\mathbb{V}_{{\boldsymbol{f}}{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{h}}}\otimes\mathcal{X}^{-1}.\nonumber \end{align*} $$

More generally, for any multiple N of $N_{\boldsymbol {\phi }}$ , one can define Galois modules $V_{\boldsymbol {\phi }}(N)$ by working in tame level N; these split noncanonically into a finite direct sum of the $\mathbb {I}_{\boldsymbol {\phi }}$ -adic representations $V_{\boldsymbol {\phi }}$ (see [Reference Darmon and Rotger18, §1.5.3]), and they define $\mathbb {V}_{{\boldsymbol {f}}{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {h}}}^{\dagger }(N)$ for any N divisible by $\text {lcm}(N_{{\boldsymbol {f}}},N_{{\boldsymbol {g}}},N_{{\boldsymbol {h}}})$ .

If f is a classical specialisation of ${\boldsymbol {f}}$ with associated p-adic Galois representation $V_{f}$ , we let $\mathbb {V}_{f,{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {h}}}$ be the quotient of $\mathbb {V}_{{\boldsymbol {f}}{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {h}}}$ given by

$$ \begin{align*} \mathbb{V}_{f,{{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{h}}}}:=V_{f}\otimes_{\mathcal O}V_{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\hat{\otimes}_{\mathbb{I}}V_{{\boldsymbol{h}}} \end{align*} $$

and denote by $\mathbb {V}^{\dagger }_{f,{{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {h}}}}$ the corresponding quotient of $\mathbb {V}^{\dagger }_{{\boldsymbol {f}}{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {h}}}$ and by $\mathbb {V}^{\dagger }_{f,{{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {h}}}}(N)$ its level N counterpart.

2.4 Theta elements and factorisation

We recall the factorisation proven in [Reference Hsieh28, §8]. Let $f\in S_{2}(pN_{f})$ be a p-stabilised newform of tame level $N_{f}$ defined over $\mathcal O$ , let $f^{\circ }\in S_{2}(N_{f})$ be the associated newform and let $\alpha _{p}=\alpha _{p}(f)\in \mathcal O^{\times }$ be the $U_{p}$ -eigenvalue of f. Let K be an imaginary quadratic field of discriminant $D_{K}$ prime to $N_{f}$ . Write

$$ \begin{align*} N_{f}=N^{+} N^{-} \end{align*} $$

with $N^{+}$ (respectively $N^{-}$ ) divisible only by primes which are split (respectively inert) in K and choose an ideal $\mathfrak {N}^{+}\subset \mathcal O_{K}$ with $\mathcal O_{K}/\mathfrak {N}^{+}\simeq \mathbf {Z}/N^{+}\mathbf {Z}$ .

Assume that $(p)=\mathfrak {p}\overline {\mathfrak {p}}$ splits in K, with our fixed embedding $\iota _{p}:\overline {\mathbf {Q}}\hookrightarrow \mathbf {C}_{p}$ inducing the prime $\mathfrak {p}$ . Let $\Gamma _{\infty }$ be the Galois group of the anticyclotomic $\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ -extension $K_{\infty }/K$ and fix a topological generator ${\boldsymbol \gamma }\in \Gamma _{\infty }$ and identity with the power series ring via ${\boldsymbol \gamma }\mapsto 1+T$ . For any prime-to-p ideal $\mathfrak a$ of K, let $\sigma _{\mathfrak a}$ be the image of $\mathfrak a$ in the Galois group of the ray class field $K(p^{\infty })/K$ of conductor $p^{\infty }$ under the geometrically normalised reciprocity law map.

Theorem 2.3. Let $\chi $ be a ring class character of K of conductor $c\mathcal O_{K}$ with values in $\mathcal O$ and assume that

  1. (i) $(pN_{f},cD_{K})=1$ ,

  2. (ii) $N^{-}$ is the squarefree product of an odd number of primes,

  3. (iii) if $q\vert N^{-}$ is a prime with $q\equiv 1\pmod {p}$ , then $\bar {\rho }_{f}$ is ramified at q.

Then there exists a unique such that for every p-power root of unity $\zeta $ ,

$$ \begin{align*} \Theta^{}_{f/K,\chi}(\zeta-1)^{2}=\frac{p^{n}}{\alpha_{p}^{2n}}\cdot\mathcal{E}_{p}(f,\chi,\zeta)^{2}\cdot\frac{L(f^{\circ}/K\otimes\chi\epsilon_{\zeta},1)}{(2\pi)^{2}\cdot \Omega_{f^{\circ},N^{-}}}\cdot u_{K}^{2}\sqrt{D_{K}}\chi\epsilon_{\zeta}(\sigma_{\mathfrak{N}^{+}})\cdot\varepsilon_{p},\\[-15pt] \end{align*} $$


  • $n\geqslant 0$ is such that $\zeta $ has exact order $p^{n}$ ,

  • $\epsilon _{\zeta }:\Gamma _{\infty }\rightarrow \mu _{p^{\infty }}$ be the character defined by $\epsilon _{\zeta }({\boldsymbol \gamma })=\zeta $ ,

  • $\mathcal {E}_{p}(f,\chi ,\zeta )= \begin {cases} (1-\alpha _{p}^{-1}\chi (\mathfrak {p}))(1-\alpha _{p}\chi (\overline {\mathfrak {p}}))& \mbox {if }n=0\textrm {,}\\ 1&\mbox {if }n>0\textrm {,} \end {cases}$

  • $\Omega _{f^{\circ },N^{-}}=4\Vert f^{\circ }\Vert _{\Gamma _{0}(N_{f})}^{2}\cdot \eta _{f,N^{-}}^{-1}$ is the Gross period of $f^{\circ }$ (see [Reference Hsieh28, p. 524]),

  • $\sigma _{\mathfrak {N}^{+}}\in \Gamma _{\infty }$ is the image of $\mathfrak {N}^{+}$ under the geometrically normalised Artin’s reciprocity map,

  • $u_{K}=\vert \mathcal O_{K}^{\times }\vert /2$ and $\varepsilon _{p}\in \{\pm 1\}$ is the local root number of $f^{\circ }$ at p.

Proof. See [Reference Bertolini and Darmon4] for the first construction and [Reference Chida and Hsieh13, Thm. A] for the stated interpolation property.

Remark 2.4. From the interpolation property of Theorem 2.3, one can show that the square of $\Theta _{f/K,\chi }(T)$ is essentially the anticyclomic restriction of the two-variable p-adic L-function constructed by Perrin-Riou [Reference Perrin-Riou35].

When $\chi $ is the trivial character, we write $\Theta _{f/K,\chi }(T)$ simply as $\Theta _{f/K}(T)$ . Suppose now that the p-stabilised newform f as in Theorem 2.3 is the specialisation of a primitive Hida family ${\boldsymbol {f}}\in S^{o}(N_{f},\mathbb {I})$ with branch character

at an arithmetic point $x_{1}\in \mathfrak {X}_{\mathbb {I}}^{+}$ of weight $2$ . Let $\ell \nmid pN_{f}$ be a prime split in K and let $\chi $ be a ring class character of K of conductor $\ell ^{m}\mathcal O_{K}$ for some $m>0$ . Denoting by the superscript $\tau $ the action of the nontrivial automorphism of $K/\mathbf {Q}$ , write $\chi =\psi ^{1-\tau }$ with $\psi $ a ray class character modulo $\ell ^{m}\mathcal O_{K}$ . Set $C=D_{K}\ell ^{2m}$ and let

be the primitive CM Hida families of level C constructed in [Reference Hsieh28, §8.3].

The p-adic L-function $\mathscr {L}_{p}^{f}(\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}}^{*})$ of Theorem 2.1 attached to the triple $({\boldsymbol {f}},{\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*})$ (taking $a=-1$ in (ev)) is an element in

; in the following, we let

denote the restriction to the ‘line’ $S=S_{2}=S_{3}$ of the image of $\mathscr {L}_{p}^{f}(\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {f}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}}^{*})$ under the specialisation map at $x_{1}$ .

Let $\mathbb {K}_{\infty }$ be the $\mathbf {Z}_{p}^{2}$ -extension of K and let $K_{\mathfrak {p}^{\infty }}$ denote the $\mathfrak {p}$ -ramified $\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ -extension in $\mathbb {K}_{\infty }$ , with Galois group $\Gamma _{\mathfrak {p}^{\infty }}=\text {Gal}(K_{\mathfrak {p}^{\infty }}/K)$ . Let $\gamma _{\mathfrak {p}}\in \Gamma _{\mathfrak {p}^{\infty }}$ be a topological generator and for the formal variable T let be the universal character defined by

(2.3) $$ \begin{align} \Psi_{T}(\sigma)=(1+T)^{l(\sigma)},\quad\mbox{where }\sigma\vert_{K_{\mathfrak{p}^{\infty}}}=\gamma_{\mathfrak{p}}^{l(\sigma)}.\\[-15pt]\nonumber \end{align} $$

The character $\Psi _{T}^{1-\tau }$ factors through $\Gamma _{\infty }$ and yields an identification corresponding to the topological generator $\gamma _{\mathfrak {p}}^{1-\tau }\in \Gamma _{\infty }$ . Let $p^{b}$ be the order of the p-part of the class number of K. Hereafter, we shall fix $\mathbf v\in \overline {\mathbf {Z}}_{p}^{\times }$ such that $\mathbf v^{p^{b}}=\varepsilon _{\text {cyc}}(\gamma _{\mathfrak p}^{p^{b}})\in 1+p\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ . Let $K(\chi ,\alpha _{p})/K$ (respectively $K(\chi )/K$ ) be the finite extension obtained by adjoining to K the values of $\chi $ and $\alpha _{p}$ (respectively the values of $\chi $ ).

Proposition 2.5. Assume that

  1. (i) $N^{-}$ is the squarefree product of an odd number of primes,

  2. (ii) $\bar {\rho }_{f}$ is ramified at every prime $q\vert N^{-}$ with $q\equiv 1\pmod {p}$ .

Set $T=\mathbf {v}^{-1}(1+S)-1$ . Then

$$ \begin{align*} \mathscr{L}_{p}^{f}(\underline{\breve{f}},\underline{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}}\underline{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}}^{*})= \pm\mathbf{w}^{-1}\cdot\Theta_{f/K}(T)\cdot C_{f,\chi}\cdot \sqrt{L^{\mathrm{alg}}(f/K\otimes\chi,1)}\cdot\frac{\eta_{f^{\circ}}}{\eta_{f^{\circ},N^{-}}}, \end{align*} $$

where $\mathbf {w}$ is a unit in , $C_{f,\chi }\in K(\chi ,\alpha _{p})^{\times }$ and

$$ \begin{align*} L^{\mathrm{alg}}(f/K\otimes\chi,1):=\frac{L(f/K\otimes\chi,1)}{4\pi^{2}\lVert f^{\circ}\rVert_{\Gamma_{0}(N_{f})}^{2}}\in K(\chi). \end{align*} $$

Proof. This is [Reference Hsieh28, Prop. 8.1] specialised to $S=S_{2}=S_{3}$ , using the interpolation property of $\Theta _{f/K,\chi }(T)$ at $\zeta =1$ . (Note that the unit $\mathbf {w}$ is explicitly described in [Reference Hsieh28, Prop. 8.1], but we omit it here.)

Remark 2.6. The factorisation of Proposition 2.5 reflects the decomposition of Galois representations

(2.4) $$ \begin{align} \mathbb{V}_{f,{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}^{\dagger}=\big(V_{f}(1)\otimes\textrm{Ind}_{K}^{\mathbf{Q}}\Psi_{T}^{1-\tau}\big)\oplus \big(V_{f}(1)\otimes\textrm{Ind}_{K}^{\mathbf{Q}}\chi\big). \end{align} $$

Note that the first summand in (2.4) is the anticyclotomic deformation of $V_{f}(1)$ , while the second is a fixed character twist of $V_{f}(1)$ .

3 Coleman map for relative Lubin–Tate groups

In this section we review Perrin-Riou’s theory [Reference Perrin-Riou36] of big exponential maps, as extended by Kobayashi [Reference Kobayashi30] to $\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ -extensions arising from torsion points on relative Lubin–Tate formal groups of height 1. Applied to the localisation of the anticyclotomic $\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ -extension of an imaginary quadratic field K in which p splits, we then deduce, by the results of Section 2 and [Reference Darmon and Rotger18], a Coleman power series construction of the p-adic L-function $\Theta _{f/K}$ of Theorem 2.3. This new construction of $\Theta _{f/K}$ will play an important role in the proof of our main results.

3.1 Preliminaries

Fix a complete algebraic closure $\mathbf {C}_{p}$ of ${\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ . Let ${\mathbf {Q}}_{p}^{\text {ur}}\subset \mathbf {C}_{p}$ be the maximal unramified extension of ${\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ and let $\mathrm {Fr}\in \operatorname {\mathrm {Gal}}({\mathbf {Q}}_{p}^{\text {ur}}/{\mathbf {Q}}_{p})$ be the absolute Frobenius. Let $F\subset {\mathbf {Q}}_{p}^{\text {ur}}$ be a finite unramified extension of ${\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ with valuation ring $\mathscr {O}$ and set

Let ${\mathcal F}=\operatorname {\mathrm {Spf}} R$ be a relative Lubin–Tate formal group of height 1 defined over $\mathscr O$ , and for each $n\in \mathbf {Z}$ set

$$ \begin{align*} {\mathcal F}^{(n)}:={\mathcal F}\times_{\mathrm{Spec}\,\mathscr O,\mathrm{Fr}^{-n}}\mathrm{Spec}\,\mathscr O. \end{align*} $$

The Frobenius morphism $\varphi _{\mathcal F}\in \operatorname {\mathrm {Hom}}({\mathcal F},{\mathcal F}^{(-1)})$ induces a homomorphism $\varphi _{\mathcal F}\colon R\to R$ defined by

$$ \begin{align*}\varphi_{\mathcal F}(f):=f^{\mathrm{Fr}}\circ\varphi_{\mathcal F},\end{align*} $$

where $f^{\mathrm {Fr}}$ is the conjugate of f by $\mathrm {Fr}$ . Let $\psi _{\mathcal F}$ be the left inverse of $\varphi _{\mathcal F}$ satisfying

(3.1) $$ \begin{align} \varphi_{\mathcal F}\circ\psi_{\mathcal F} (f)=p^{-1}\sum_{x\in {\mathcal F}[p]}f(X\oplus_{\mathcal F} x). \end{align} $$

Let $F_{\infty }/F$ be the Lubin–Tate $\mathbf {Z}_{p}^{\times }$ -extension of F associated with ${\mathcal F}$ – that is, $F_{\infty }=\bigcup _{n=1}^{\infty } F({\mathcal F}[p^{n}])$ – and for every $n\geqslant -1$ let $F_{n}$ be the subfield of $F_{\infty }$ with $\operatorname {\mathrm {Gal}}(F_{n}/F)\simeq (\mathbf {Z}/p^{n+1}\mathbf {Z})^{\times }$ . (Hence, $F_{-1}=F$ .) Letting $G_{\infty }=\operatorname {\mathrm {Gal}}(F_{\infty }/F)$ , there is a canonical decomposition

$$ \begin{align*} G_{\infty}\simeq\Delta\times \Gamma^{\mathcal F}_{\infty},\\[-15pt] \end{align*} $$

with $\Delta $ the torsion subgroup of $G_{\infty }$ and $\Gamma ^{\mathcal F}_{\infty }\simeq \mathbf {Z}_{p}$ the maximal torsion-free quotient of $G_{\infty }$ .

For every $a\in \mathbf {Z}_{p}^{\times }$ , there is a unique formal power series $[a]\in R$ such that

$$ \begin{align*} [a]^{\mathrm{Fr}}\circ\varphi_{\mathcal F} =\varphi_{\mathcal F}\circ [a]\quad\textrm{and}\quad [a](X)\equiv aX\;(\textrm{mod}\;{X^{2}}).\\[-15pt] \end{align*} $$

Letting $\varepsilon _{\mathcal F}\colon G_{\infty }\stackrel {\sim }{\to }\mathbf {Z}_{p}^{\times }$ be the Lubin–Tate character, we let $\sigma \in G_{\infty }$ act on $f\in R$ by

$$ \begin{align*} \sigma.f(X):=f([\varepsilon_{\mathcal F}(\sigma)](X)),\\[-15pt] \end{align*} $$

thus making R into an -module.

Lemma 3.1. $R^{\psi _{\mathcal F}=0}$ is free of rank 1 over .

Proof. This is [Reference Kobayashi30, Prop. 5.4].

Let V be a crystalline $G_{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}$ -representation defined over a finite extension L of ${\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ with ring of integers $\mathcal O_{L}$ . Let ${\mathbf D}(V)={\mathbf D}_{\text {cris},{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}(V)$ be the filtered $\varphi $ -module associated with V and set

$$ \begin{align*}{\mathscr D}_{\infty}(V):={\mathbf D}(V)\otimes_{\mathbf{Z}_{p}}R^{\psi_{\mathcal F}=0}.\\[-15pt] \end{align*} $$

Fix an invariant differential $\omega _{\mathcal F}\in \Omega _{R}$ and let $\log _{\mathcal F}\in R\widehat \otimes {\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ be the logarithm map satisfying

$$ \begin{align*} \log_{\mathcal F}(0)=0\quad\textrm{and}\quad d\log_{\mathcal F}=\omega_{\mathcal F},\\[-15pt] \end{align*} $$

where $d:R\to \Omega _{R}$ is the standard derivation.

Let $\epsilon =(\epsilon _{n})\in T_{p}{\mathcal F}=\varprojlim {\mathcal F}^{(n)}[p^{n}]$ be a basis of the Tate module of ${\mathcal F}$ , where the limit is with respect to the transition maps

$$ \begin{align*} \varphi^{\mathrm{Fr}^{-(n+1)}}\colon {\mathcal F}^{(n+1)}[p^{n+1}]\to {\mathcal F}^{(n)}[p^{n}].\\[-15pt]\end{align*} $$

One can associate to $\epsilon $ and $\omega _{\mathcal F}$ a p-adic period $t_{\epsilon }\in B_{\text {cris}}^{+}$ such that

(3.2) $$ \begin{align}{\mathbf D}_{\textrm{cris},F}(\varepsilon_{\mathcal F})=Ft_{\epsilon}^{-1} \quad\textrm{and}\quad\varphi t_{\epsilon}=\varpi t_{\epsilon},\\[-15pt]\nonumber\end{align} $$

where $\varpi $ is the uniformiser in F such that $\varphi _{\mathcal F}^{*}(\omega _{\mathcal F}^{\mathrm {Fr}})=\varpi \cdot \omega _{\mathcal F}$ (see [Reference Kobayashi30, §9.2]). For $j\in \mathbf {Z}$ , the Lubin–Tate twist $V\langle j\rangle :=V\otimes _{L}\varepsilon _{\mathcal F}^{j}$ then satisfies

$$ \begin{align*} {\mathbf D}_{\textrm{cris},F}(V\langle j\rangle)={\mathbf D}(V)\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}} Ft_{\epsilon}^{-j}.\\[-15pt] \end{align*} $$

There is a derivation $\text {d}_{\epsilon }:{\mathscr D}_{\infty }(V\langle j\rangle )={\mathbf D}_{\text {cris},F}(V\langle j\rangle )\otimes _{\mathscr O}R^{\psi _{{\mathcal F}}=0}\to {\mathscr D}_{\infty }(V\langle j-1\rangle )$ given by

$$ \begin{align*} d_{\epsilon}:f=\eta\otimes g\mapsto \eta t_{\epsilon}\otimes\partial g,\\[-15pt] \end{align*} $$

where $\partial \colon R\to R$ is defined by $df=\partial f\cdot \omega _{\mathcal F}$ . These give rise to the map

(3.3) $$ \begin{align} \widetilde{\Delta}\colon{\mathscr D}_{\infty}(V)\to \bigoplus_{j\in\mathbf{Z}}\frac{{\mathbf D}_{\textrm{cris},F}(V\langle -j\rangle)}{1-\varphi} \end{align} $$

sending $f\mapsto (\partial ^{j}f(0)t_{\epsilon }^{j}\pmod {1-\varphi })_{j}$ .

3.2 Perrin-Riou’s big exponential map

For a finite extension K over ${\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ , let

$$ \begin{align*}\exp_{K,V}\colon {\mathbf D}(V)\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}} K\to \textrm{H}^{1}(K,V)\end{align*} $$

be Bloch–Kato’s exponential map [Reference Bloch and Kato7, §3]. In this subsection, we recall the main properties of Perrin-Riou’s map $\Omega _{V,h}$ interpolating $\exp _{K,V\langle j\rangle }$ over nonnegative $j\in \mathbf {Z}$ .

Let $V^{*}:=\operatorname {\mathrm {Hom}}_{L}(V,L(1))$ be the Kummer dual of V and denote by

$$ \begin{align*}[-,-]_{V}:{\mathbf D}(V^{*})\otimes K\times {\mathbf D}(V)\otimes K\to L\otimes_{} K\end{align*} $$

the K-linear extension of the de Rham pairing

$$ \begin{align*} \langle \,, \,\rangle_{\textrm{dR}}\colon{\mathbf D}(V^{*})\times {\mathbf D}(V)\to L. \end{align*} $$

Let $\exp ^{*}_{K,V}:\text {H}^{1}(K,V)\to {\mathbf D}(V)\otimes K$ be the Bloch–Kato dual exponential map, which is characterised uniquely by

$$ \begin{align*}\operatorname{\mathrm{Tr}}_{K/{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}([x,\exp^{*}_{K,V}(y)]_{V})=\langle \exp_{K,V^{*}}(x), y\rangle_{\textrm{dR}}, \end{align*} $$

for all $x\in {\mathbf D}(V^{*})\otimes K$ and $y\in \text {H}^{1}(K,V)$ .

Choose a $\mathcal O_{L}$ -lattice $T\subset V$ stable under the Galois action and set $\widehat {\text {H}}^{1}(F_{\infty },T)=\varprojlim _{n} \text {H}^{1}(F_{n},T)$ and

$$ \begin{align*} \widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(F_{\infty},V)=\widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(F_{\infty},T)\otimes_{\mathbf{Z}_{p}}{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}, \end{align*} $$

which does not depend on the choice of T. Denote by

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Tw}^{j}:\widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(F_{\infty},V)\simeq \widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(F_{\infty},V\langle j\rangle) \end{align*} $$

the twisting map by $\varepsilon _{\mathcal F}^{j}$ . For a nonnegative real number r, put

where $\left \vert \cdot \right \vert {}_{p}$ is the normalised valuation of K with $\left \vert p\right \vert {}_{p}=p^{-1}$ . Let ${\boldsymbol \gamma }$ be a topological generator of $\Gamma ^{\mathcal F}_{\infty }$ and denote by ${\mathscr H}_{r,K}(G_{\infty })$ the ring of elements $\{f({\boldsymbol \gamma }-1)\colon f\in {\mathscr H}_{r,K}(X)\}$ , so, in particular,

. Put

$$ \begin{align*}{\mathscr H}_{\infty,K}(G_{\infty})=\bigcup_{r\geqslant 0}{\mathscr H}_{r,K}(G_{\infty}).\end{align*} $$

Define the map

$$ \begin{align*}\Xi_{n,V}\colon {\mathbf D}(V)\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}{\mathscr H}_{\infty,F}(X)\to {\mathbf D}(V)\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}} F_{n}\end{align*} $$


(3.4) $$ \begin{align} \Xi_{n,V}(G):=\begin{cases}p^{-(n+1)}\varphi^{-(n+1)}(G^{\mathrm{Fr}^{-(n+1)}}(\epsilon_{n}))&\text{ if }n\geqslant 0,\\[0.1cm] (1-p^{-1}\varphi^{-1})(G(0))&\text{ if }n=-1,\end{cases} \end{align} $$

and let .

Theorem 3.2. Let $\epsilon =(\epsilon _{n})$ be a basis of $T_{p}\mathcal {F}$ , let $h>0$ be such that ${\mathbf D}(V)=\operatorname {\mathrm {Fil}}^{-h}{\mathbf D}(V)$ and assume that $\text {H}^{0}(F_{\infty },V)=0$ . There exists $\widetilde \Lambda $ -linear ‘big exponential map’

$$ \begin{align*}\Omega^{\epsilon}_{V,h}: {\mathscr D}_{\infty}(V)^{\widetilde{\Delta}=0}\to \widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(F_{\infty},T)\otimes_{\widetilde\Lambda} {\mathscr H}_{\infty,F}(G_{\infty})\end{align*} $$

such that for every $g\in {\mathscr D}_{\infty }(V)^{\widetilde {\Delta }=0}$ and $j\geqslant 1-h$ satisfies the interpolation property

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{pr}_{F_{n}}(\textrm{Tw}^{j}\circ\Omega^{\epsilon}_{V,h}(g))=(-1)^{h+j-1}(h+j-1)!\cdot \exp_{F_{n},V\langle j\rangle}(\Xi_{n,V\langle j\rangle}(\textrm{d}_{\epsilon}^{-j}G))\in \textrm{H}^{1}(F_{n},V\langle j\rangle), \end{align*} $$

where $G\in {\mathbf D}(V)\otimes _{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}} {\mathscr H}_{h,F}(X)$ is a solution of the equation

$$ \begin{align*} (1-\varphi\otimes\varphi_{\mathcal F})G=g. \end{align*} $$

Moreover, these maps satisfy

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Tw}^{j}\circ\Omega^{\epsilon}_{V,h}\circ \textrm{d}_{\epsilon}^{j}=\Omega^{\epsilon}_{V\langle j\rangle,h+j}, \end{align*} $$

and if $j\leqslant -h$ , then

$$ \begin{align*}\exp^{*}_{F_{n},V\langle j\rangle}(\textrm{pr}_{F_{n}}(\textrm{Tw}_{j}\circ\Omega^{\epsilon}_{V,h}(g)))=\frac{1}{(-h-j)!}\cdot \Xi_{n,V\langle j\rangle}(\textrm{d}_{\epsilon}^{-j}G))\in {\mathbf D}(V\langle j\rangle)\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}} F_{n},\end{align*} $$

and if $D_{[s]}\subset {\mathbf D}(V)$ is a $\varphi $ -invariant subspace in which all $\varphi $ -eigenvalues have p-adic valuation at most s, then $\Omega _{V,h}^{\epsilon }$ maps $(D_{[s]}\otimes _{\mathbf {Z}_{p}} R^{\psi _{{\mathcal F}}=0})^{\widetilde \Delta =0}$ into $\widehat {\text {H}}^{1}(F_{\infty },T)\otimes _{\widetilde \Lambda }{\mathscr H}_{s+h,F}(G_{\infty })$ .

Proof. For ${\mathcal F}=\widehat {\mathbf G}_{m}$ , the construction of $\Omega _{V,h}^{\epsilon }$ and its interpolation property for $j\geqslant 1-h$ are due to Perrin-Riou [Reference Perrin-Riou36]; the interpolation formula for $j\leqslant -h$ is due to Colmez [Reference Colmez14]. The extension of these results to $\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ -extensions arising from relative Lubin–Tate formal groups of height 1 is given in [Reference Kobayashi30, Appendix].

3.3 The Coleman map

From now on, we assume that

(3.5) $$ \begin{align}{\mathscr D}_{\infty}(V)^{\widetilde\Delta=0}={\mathscr D}_{\infty}(V);\end{align} $$

that is, $\widetilde \Delta =0$ (note that by (3.3), this is a condition on the $\varphi $ -eigenvalues on ${\mathbf D}_{\text {cris},F}(V)$ ), and for simplicity, for any field extension $M/{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ we write ${\mathscr H}_{M}$ for ${\mathscr H}_{0,M}(G_{\infty })$ . Let

$$ \begin{align*} \left[ -, -\right]_{V}\colon {\mathbf D}(V^{*})\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}} {\mathscr H}_{F}\times {\mathbf D}(V)\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}} {\mathscr H}_{F}\to L\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}{\mathscr H}_{F} \end{align*} $$

be the pairing defined by

$$ \begin{align*} \left[ \eta_{1}\otimes \lambda_{1}, \eta_{2}\otimes \lambda_{2}\right]_{V}=\langle \eta_{1}, \eta_{2}\rangle {}_{\textrm{dR}}\otimes \lambda_{1}\lambda_{2}^{\iota} \end{align*} $$

for all $\lambda _{1},\lambda _{2}\in {\mathscr H}_{F}$ .

Recall that $F_{\infty }=\bigcup _{n}F_{n}$ , and let $\langle -,-\rangle _{F_{n}}$ be the local Tate pairing $\text {H}^{1}(F_{n},T^{*})\times \text {H}^{1}(F_{n},T)\rightarrow \mathcal {O}_{L}$ . Letting $x=(x_{n})_{n}$ and $y=(y_{n})_{n}$ be sequences in $\widehat {\text {H}}^{1}(F_{\infty },T^{*})$ and $\widehat {\text {H}}^{1}(F_{\infty },T)$ , define the

-linear pairing

by letting $\langle x,y\rangle _{F_{\infty }}$ be the limit of the elements

$$ \begin{align*} \sum_{\sigma\in\textrm{Gal}(F_{n}/F)}\langle x_{n}^{\sigma^{-1}},y_{n}\rangle_{F_{n}}[\sigma]\in\mathcal O_{L}[\textrm{Gal}(F_{n}/F)], \end{align*} $$

which are compatible under the natural projection maps $\mathcal O_{L}[\text {Gal}(F_{n+1}/F)]\rightarrow \mathcal O_{L}[\text {Gal}(F_{n}/F)]$ . After inverting p, this extends to a pairing

(3.6) $$ \begin{align} \langle-,-\rangle_{F_{\infty}}:\widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(F_{\infty},V^{*})\times \widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(F_{\infty},V)\rightarrow L\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}{\mathscr H}_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}. \end{align} $$

Definition 3.3. Let $\boldsymbol {e}\in R^{\psi _{\mathcal F}=0}$ be a -module generator, and let $\epsilon $ be a generator of $T_{p}{\mathcal F}$ . The Coleman map

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Col}_{\boldsymbol{e}}^{\epsilon}\colon \widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(F_{\infty},V^{*})\to {\mathbf D}(V^{*})\otimes_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}} {\mathscr H}_{F} \end{align*} $$

is the $L\otimes _{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}{\mathscr H}_{F}$ -linear map uniquely characterised by

(3.7) $$ \begin{align}\operatorname{\mathrm{Tr}}_{F/{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}(\left[ \textrm{Col}_{\boldsymbol{e}}^{\epsilon}({\mathbf z}), \eta\right]_{V})=\langle {\mathbf z}, \Omega^{\epsilon}_{V,h}(\eta\otimes\boldsymbol{e})\rangle_{F_{\infty}} \end{align} $$

for all $\eta \in {\mathbf D}(V)$ .

Let $\mathcal Q$ be the completion of ${\mathbf {Q}}_{p}^{\text {ur}}$ in $\mathbf {C}_{p}$ , with ring of integers ${\mathcal W}$ , and set $F_{n}^{\text {ur}}=F_{n}{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}^{\text {ur}}$ for $-1\leqslant n\leqslant \infty $ (so $F_{-1}^{\text {ur}}=F^{\text {ur}}$ ). Let $\sigma _{0}\in \operatorname {\mathrm {Gal}}(F_{\infty }^{\text {ur}}/{\mathbf {Q}}_{p})$ be such that $\sigma _{0}|_{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}^{\text {ur}}}=\mathrm {Fr}$ is the absolute Frobenius.

Fix an isomorphism

(3.8) $$ \begin{align} \rho:\widehat{\mathbf G}_{m} \simeq {\mathcal F} \end{align} $$

defined over ${\mathcal W}$ and let be the map defined by $\rho (f)=f\circ \rho ^{-1}$ , so

$$ \begin{align*}\varphi_{\mathcal F}\circ\rho=\rho^{\mathrm{Fr}}\circ\varphi_{\widehat{\mathbf G}_{m}}.\end{align*} $$

Fix also a -generator $\boldsymbol {e}\in R^{\psi _{\mathcal F}=0}$ and let be such that $\rho (1+X)=h_{\boldsymbol {e}}\cdot \boldsymbol {e}$ . Note that $\boldsymbol {e}(0)\in \mathscr O^{\times }$ . Fix a sequence $(\zeta _{p^{n}})$ of primitive $p^{n}$ th root of unity giving a generator of $T_{p}\widehat {\mathbf G}_{m}$ and let $\epsilon =(\epsilon _{n})$ be the generator of $T_{p}{\mathcal F}$ given by

$$ \begin{align*}\epsilon_{n}=\rho^{\mathrm{Fr}^{-(n+1)}}(\zeta_{p^{n+1}}-1)\in{\mathcal F}^{(n+1)}[p^{n+1}].\end{align*} $$

Let $t\in B_{\text {cris}}^{+}$ be the p-adic period as in Subsection 3.1 associated to the generator $(\zeta _{p^{n+1}}-1)\in T_{p}\widehat {\mathbf G}_{m}$ and the invariant differential $\omega _{\widehat {\mathbf G}_{m}}=\frac {dX}{1+X}$ .

From now on, we suppose that $\operatorname {\mathrm {Fil}}^{-1}{\mathbf D}(V)={\mathbf D}(V)$ and $\text {H}^{0}(F_{\infty },V)=0$ , so the big exponential map $\Omega _{V,1}^{\epsilon }$ of Theorem 3.2 is defined. Let $\eta \in {\mathbf D}(V)$ be such that $\varphi \eta =\alpha \eta $ and suppose that $\eta $ has slope s (i.e., $\left \vert \alpha \right \vert {}_{p}=p^{-s}$ ). For every ${\mathbf z}\in \widehat {\text {H}}^{1}(F_{\infty },V^{*})$ , we define

(3.9) $$ \begin{align} \textrm{Col}^{\eta}({\mathbf z}):=\sum_{j=1}^{[F:{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}]}\left[ \textrm{Col}_{\boldsymbol{e}}^{\epsilon}({\mathbf z}^{\sigma_{0}^{-j}}), \eta\right]\cdot h_{\boldsymbol{e}}\cdot \sigma_{0}^{j}\in {\mathscr H}_{s+h,L\mathcal Q}(\widetilde G_{\infty}), \end{align} $$

where $\widetilde G_{\infty }=\operatorname {\mathrm {Gal}}(F_{\infty }/{\mathbf {Q}}_{p})$ and $\left [ -, -\right ]\colon {\mathbf D}(V^{*})\otimes {\mathscr H}_{\mathcal Q} \times {\mathbf D}(V)\otimes {\mathscr H}_{\mathcal Q}\to {\mathscr H}_{L\mathcal Q}$ is the image of $\left [ -, -\right ]_{V}$ under the natural map $L\otimes _{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}} {\mathscr H}_{\mathcal Q}\to {\mathscr H}_{L\mathcal Q}$ . We put

$$ \begin{align*} {\mathbf z}_{-j,n}:=\textrm{pr}_{F_{n}}(\textrm{Tw}^{-j}({\mathbf z}))\in\textrm{H}^{1}(F_{n},V^{*}\langle -j\rangle)\end{align*} $$

and say that a finite-order character $\chi $ of $\widetilde G_{\infty }$ has conductor $p^{n+1}$ if n is the smallest integer such that $\chi $ factors through $\operatorname {\mathrm {Gal}}(F_{n}/{\mathbf {Q}}_{p})$ .

Theorem 3.4. Let ${\mathbf z}\in \widehat {\text {H}}^{1}(F_{\infty },V^{*})$ and let $\psi $ be a p-adic character of $\widetilde G_{\infty }$ such that $\psi =\chi \varepsilon _{\mathcal F}^{j}$ with $\chi $ a finite-order character of conductor $p^{n+1}$ . If $j<0$ , then

$$ \begin{align*} &\mathrm{Col}^{\eta}({\mathbf z})(\psi)=\frac{(-1)^{j-1}}{(-j-1)!}\\ &\times\begin{cases} \left[ \log_{F,V^{*}\langle -j\rangle}({\mathbf z}_{-j,n})\otimes t^{-j}, (1-p^{j-1}\varphi^{-1})(1-p^{-j}\varphi)^{-1}\eta\right]&\mathrm{ if\ }n=-1,\\[1 em] p^{(n+1){(j-1)}}\boldsymbol\tau(\psi)\sum\limits_{\tau\in\operatorname{\mathrm{Gal}}(F_{n}/{\mathbf{Q}}_{p})}\chi^{-1}(\tau)\left[ \log_{F_{n},V^{*}\langle -j\rangle}({\mathbf z}^{\tau}_{-j,n})\otimes t^{-j}, \varphi^{-(n+1)}\eta\right]&\mathrm{ if\ }n\geqslant 0. \end{cases} \end{align*} $$

If $j\geqslant 0$ , then

$$ \begin{align*} &\mathrm{Col}^{\eta}({\mathbf z})(\psi)=j!(-1)^{j}\\ &\times\begin{cases} \left[ \exp^{*}_{F,V^{*}\langle -j\rangle}({\mathbf z}_{-j,n})\otimes t^{-j}, (1-p^{j-1}\varphi^{-1})(1-p^{-j}\varphi)^{-1}\eta\right]&\mathrm{ if\ }n=-1,\\[1 em] p^{(n+1){(j-1)}}\boldsymbol\tau(\psi)\sum\limits_{\tau\in\operatorname{\mathrm{Gal}}(F_{n}/{\mathbf{Q}}_{p})}\chi^{-1}(\tau)\left[ \exp^{*}_{F_{n},V^{*}\langle -j\rangle}({\mathbf z}^{\tau}_{-j,n})\otimes t^{-j}, \varphi^{-(n+1)}\eta\right]&\mathrm{ if\ }n\geqslant 0. \end{cases} \end{align*} $$

Here, $\boldsymbol \tau (\psi )$ is the Gauss sum defined by

$$ \begin{align*}\boldsymbol\tau(\psi):=\sum_{\tau\in\operatorname{\mathrm{Gal}}(F^{\mathrm{ur}}_{n}/F^{\mathrm{ur}})}\psi\varepsilon_{\mathrm{cyc}}^{-j}(\tau\sigma_{0}^{n+1})\zeta_{p^{n+1}}^{\tau\sigma_{0}^{n+1}}.\end{align*} $$

Proof. This follows from Theorem 3.2 by a direct computation (see [Reference Kobayashi30, Thm. 5.10] and [Reference Loeffler and Zerbes32, Thm. 4.15] for a related computation).

3.4 Diagonal cycles and theta elements

We now apply the local results of the preceding section to the global setting of Section 2. Assume that f, ${\boldsymbol {g}}=\boldsymbol {\theta }_{\psi }(S)$ and ${\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}=\boldsymbol {\theta }_{\psi ^{-1}}(S)$ are as in Subsection 2.4. Keeping the notations from Subsection 2.3, by [Reference Darmon and Rotger18, §1] (see also [Reference Darmon and Rotger19] and [Reference Bertolini, Seveso and Venerucci1]), there exists a class

(3.10) $$ \begin{align} \kappa(f,{{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}})\in\textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},\mathbb{V}^{\dagger}_{f,{{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}}(N)) \end{align} $$

constructed from twisted diagonal cycles on the triple product of modular curves of tame level N.

Every triple of test vectors $\breve {\boldsymbol {F}}=(\breve {f},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*})$ defines a $G_{\mathbf {Q}}$ -equivariant projection $\mathbb {V}^{\dagger }_{f,{{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*}}(N)\rightarrow \mathbb {V}^{\dagger }_{f,{{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*}}$ and we put

(3.11) $$ \begin{align} \kappa(\breve{f},{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}^{*}}):=\textrm{pr}_{\breve{\boldsymbol{F}}}(\kappa(f,{{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}))\in\textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},\mathbb{V}^{\dagger}_{f,{{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}}), \end{align} $$

where $\text {pr}_{\breve {\boldsymbol {F}}}:\text {H}^{1}(\mathbf {Q},\mathbb {V}^{\dagger }_{f,{{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}}}(N))\to \text {H}^{1}(\mathbf {Q},\mathbb {V}^{\dagger }_{f,{{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}}})$ is the induced map on cohomology.

Since $\Psi _{T}^{1-\tau }$ gives the universal character of $\text {Gal}(K_{\infty }/K)$ , by the $G_{\mathbf {Q}}$ -isomorphism $(2.4)$ and Shapiro’s lemma we have the identifications

(3.12) $$ \begin{align}\begin{aligned} \textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},\mathbb{V}_{f,{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}^{\dagger})&\simeq\textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},V_{f}(1)\otimes\textrm{Ind}_{K}^{\mathbf{Q}}\Psi_{T}^{1-\tau})\oplus\textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},V_{f}(1)\otimes\operatorname{\mathrm{Ind}}_{K}^{\mathbf{Q}}\chi)\\ &\simeq\widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(K_{\infty},V_{f}(1))\oplus\textrm{H}^{1}(K,V_{f}(1)\otimes\chi). \end{aligned} \end{align} $$

In the following, we write

(3.13) $$ \begin{align} \kappa(\breve{f},{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}})=(\kappa_{\infty}(\breve{f},{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}}),\kappa_{0}(\breve{f},{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}})) \end{align} $$

according to this decomposition.

Let g and $g^{*}$ be the weight $1$ eigenform $\theta _{\psi }$ and $\theta _{\psi ^{-1}}$ , respectively, so that the specialisation of $({\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*})$ at $T=0$ (or, equivalently, $S=\mathbf v-1$ ) is a p-stabilisation of the pair $(g,g^{*})$ .

Lemma 3.5. Assume that $L(f\otimes g\otimes g^{*},1)=0$ and that $L(f/K\otimes \chi ,1)\neq 0$ . Then for every choice of test vectors $\breve {\boldsymbol {F}}=(\breve {f},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}})$ , we have $\kappa _{0}(\breve {f},{\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}}})=0$ .

Proof. Let ${\boldsymbol \kappa }=\kappa (\breve {f},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*})$ and for every $?\in \left \{f,{\boldsymbol {g}},{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}\right \}$ , let $\mathscr {F}^{+}V_?$ be the rank 1 subspace of $V_?$ fixed by the inertia group at p. By (3.12), in order to prove the result, it suffices to show that some specialisation of $\bf \kappa $ has trivial image in $\text {H}^{1}(K,V_{f}(1)\otimes \chi )$ . Let

$$ \begin{align*} \kappa_{\breve{f},\breve{g}\breve{g}^{*}}:={\boldsymbol \kappa}\vert_{S=\mathbf{v}-1}\in\textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},V_{fgg^{*}})=\textrm{H}^{1}(K,V_{f}(1))\oplus\textrm{H}^{1}(K,V_{f}(1)\otimes\chi), \end{align*} $$

where $V_{fgg^{*}}:=V_{f}(1)\otimes V_{g}\otimes V_{g^{*}}$ . By looking at the Hodge–Tate weights, we see that the Bloch–Kato Selmer group $\text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgg^{*}})\subset \text {H}^{1}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgg^{*}})$ is given by

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{fgg^{*}})=\textrm{ker}\bigg( \textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},V_{fgg^{*}})\overset{\partial_{p}\circ\textrm{loc}_{p}}\rightarrow \textrm{H}^{1}({\mathbf{Q}}_{p},\mathscr{F}^{-}V_{f}(1)\otimes V_{g}\otimes V_{g^{*}})\bigg), \end{align*} $$

where $\partial _{p}$ is the natural map induced by the projection $V_{f}\twoheadrightarrow \mathscr {F}^{-}V_{f}:=V_{f}/\mathscr {F}^{+}V_{f}$ (see, e.g., [Reference Darmon and Rotger18, p. 634]). Thus, it follows that

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Sel}(\mathbf{Q},V_{fgg^{*}})=\textrm{Sel}(K,V_{f}(1))\oplus\textrm{Sel}(K,V_{f}(1)\otimes\chi).\nonumber \end{align*} $$

The implications $L(f\otimes g\otimes g^{*},1)=0\Longrightarrow \kappa _{\breve {f},\breve {g}\breve {g}^{*}}\in \text {Sel}(\mathbf {Q},V_{fgg^{*}})$ and $L(f/K\otimes \chi ,1)\neq 0\Longrightarrow \text {Sel}(K,V_{f}(1)\otimes \chi )=0$ , which follow from [Reference Darmon and Rotger18, Thm. C] and [Reference Chida and Hsieh12, Thm. 1], respectively, therefore yield the result.

Suppose from now on that $f^{\circ }\in S_{2}(\Gamma _{0}(N_{f}))$ is the newform associated to an elliptic curve $E/\mathbf {Q}$ with good ordinary reduction at p. Thus, $V_{f}(1)\simeq V_{p}E$ , and from (3.13) we obtain an Iwasawa cohomology class

$$ \begin{align*} \kappa_{\infty}(\breve{f},\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}^{*})\in\widehat{\textrm{H}}^{1}(K_{\infty},V_{p}E). \end{align*} $$

Set $V=V_{p}E$ for ease of notation. Note that $\operatorname {\mathrm {Fil}}^{-1}{\mathbf D}(V)={\mathbf D}(V)$ and, by the Weil pairing, $V^{*}\simeq V$ . Let ${\mathfrak P}$ be the prime of $\overline {\mathbf {Q}}$ above p induced by our fixed embedding $\iota _{p}$ (inducing $\frak {p}$ on K), and for any subfield $H\subseteq \overline {\mathbf {Q}}$ denote by $\hat H=H_{\mathfrak P}$ the completion of H with respect to ${\mathfrak P}$ . Then $\text {Gal}(\hat K_{\infty }/{\mathbf {Q}}_{p})$ is identified with the decomposition group of $\mathfrak {P}$ in $\Gamma _{\infty }=\text {Gal}(K_{\infty }/K)$ .

For any integer m, let $H_{m}$ be the ring class field of K of conductor m and put $F=\hat H_{c}$ for a fixed c prime to p. Let $\varpi \in K$ be a generator of ${\mathfrak p}^{[F:{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}]}$ and let $F_{\infty }/F$ be the Lubin–Tate $\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ -extension associated with the uniformiser $\varpi /\overline {\varpi }\in \mathcal O_{F}$ (see [Reference Kobayashi30, §3.1]). As is well-known, we have

$$ \begin{align*} F_{\infty}=\bigcup_{n=0}^{\infty}\hat H_{cp^{n}} \end{align*} $$

(see, e.g., [Reference Shnidman42, Prop. 8.3]). In particular, $F_{\infty }$ contains $\hat K_{\infty }$ .

Let $\omega _{E}$ be the Néron differential of E, regarded as an element in ${\mathbf D}(\text {H}_{\text {et}}^{1}(E_{/\overline {\mathbf {Q}}},{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}))\simeq {\mathbf D}(V^{*})$ . Let $\alpha _{p}\in \mathbf {Z}_{p}^{\times }$ be the p-adic unit eigenvalue of the Frobenius map $\varphi $ acting on ${\mathbf D}(V)$ and let $\eta \in {\mathbf D}(V)\simeq {\mathbf D}(\text {H}^{1}_{\text {et}}(E_{/\overline {\mathbf {Q}}},{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}))\otimes {\mathbf D}({\mathbf {Q}}_{p}(1))$ be a $\varphi $ -eigenvector of slope $-1$ such that

(3.14) $$ \begin{align} \varphi \eta=p^{-1}\alpha_{p}\cdot\eta\quad\textrm{and}\quad \langle \eta, \omega_{E}\otimes t^{-1}\rangle_{\textrm{dR}}=1. \end{align} $$

Finally, note that hypothesis (3.5) holds since $ {\mathbf D}(V)^{\varphi ^{[F:{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}]}=(\varpi /\overline {\varpi })^{j}}=0$ for any $j\in \mathbf {Z}$ , given that the $\varphi $ -eigenvalues of ${\mathbf D}(V)$ are p-Weil numbers, while $\varpi /\overline {\varpi }$ is a $1$ -Weil number.

The second part of the next result recasts the ‘explicit reciprocity law’ of [Reference Darmon and Rotger18, Thm. 5.3] (see also [Reference Darmon and Rotger19, Thm. 5.1] and [Reference Bertolini, Seveso and Venerucci1, Thm. A]) in terms of the Coleman map of Subsection 3.3.

Theorem 3.6. Assume that $L(f\otimes g\otimes g^{*},1)=0$ and that $L(f/K\otimes \chi ,1)\neq 0$ . Then, for any test vectors $(\breve {f},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*})$ , we have

$$ \begin{align*} \mathrm{Loc}_{\overline{\mathfrak{p}}}(\kappa_{\infty}(\breve{f},\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}^{*}))=0 \end{align*} $$


$$ \begin{align*} \mathrm{Col}^{\eta}(\mathrm{Loc}_{\mathfrak{p}}(\kappa_{\infty}(\breve{f},\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}^{*})))= \mathscr{L}_{p}^{f}(\breve{f},{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}^{*}}) \cdot 2\alpha_{p}^{-1}(1-\alpha_{p}^{-1}\chi(\overline{{\mathfrak p}}))^{-1}. \end{align*} $$

Proof. Let $\mathscr {F}^{++}\mathbb {V}_{f{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}}^{\dagger }$ be the rank 4 $G_{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}$ -stable submodule of $\mathbb {V}_{f{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}}^{\dagger }$ defined by

$$ \begin{align*} \left[\mathscr{F}^{+}V\otimes\mathscr{F}^{+}V_{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\otimes V_{{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}+\mathscr{F}^{+}V\otimes V_{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\otimes \mathscr{F}^{+}V_{{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}+V\otimes \mathscr{F}^{+}V_{{\boldsymbol{g}}}\otimes \mathscr{F}^{+}V_{{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}\right]\otimes\mathcal X^{-1}. \end{align*} $$

The class $\kappa (\breve {f},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*})=(\kappa _{\infty }(\breve {f},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*}),\kappa _{0}(\breve {f},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*}))\in \text {H}^{1}(\mathbf {Q},\mathbb {V}_{f{\boldsymbol {g}}{\boldsymbol {g}}^{*}}^{\dagger })$ is known to land in the kernel of the composite map

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{H}^{1}(\mathbf{Q},\mathbb{V}_{f{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}^{\dagger})\xrightarrow{\textrm{Loc}_{p}} \textrm{H}^{1}({\mathbf{Q}}_{p},\mathbb{V}_{f{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}^{\dagger})\rightarrow\textrm{H}^{1}({\mathbf{Q}}_{p},\mathbb{V}_{f{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}^{\dagger}/\mathscr{F}^{++}\mathbb{V}_{f{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}^{\dagger})\nonumber \end{align*} $$

(see, e.g., [Reference Darmon and Rotger19, Prop. 5.8]). Using (2.4), we immediately find that

$$ \begin{align*} \mathscr{F}^{++}\mathbb{V}_{f{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}^{\dagger}=V\otimes\Psi_{T}^{1-\tau}+\mathscr{F}^{+}V\otimes(\chi^{}+\chi^{-1}) \end{align*} $$

and, therefore, identifying $G_{{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}}$ with $G_{K_{\mathfrak p}}$ via our fixed embedding $\overline {\mathbf {Q}}\hookrightarrow \overline {\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ , we obtain

$$ \begin{align*} \text{H}^{1}({\mathbf{Q}}_{p},\mathscr{F}^{++}\mathbb{V}_{f{\boldsymbol{g}}{\boldsymbol{g}}^{*}}^{\dagger})\simeq\text{H}^{1}(K_{{\mathfrak p}},V\otimes\Psi_{T}^{1-\tau})&\oplus\text{H}^{1}(K_{{\mathfrak p}},\mathscr{F}^{+}V\otimes\chi)\oplus\text{H}^{1}(K_{\overline{{\mathfrak p}}},\mathscr{F}^{+}V\otimes\chi). \end{align*} $$

This shows the vanishing of $\text {Loc}_{\overline {\mathfrak {p}}}(\kappa _{\infty }(\breve {f},\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}^{*}))$ , and the second equality in the theorem follows from Lemma 3.5 and [Reference Darmon and Rotger18, Thm. 5.3].

Corollary 3.7. Assume that $L(f\otimes g\otimes g^{*},1)=0$ and that $L(f/K,\chi ,1)\neq 0$ . Let $(\underline {\breve {f}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}}^{*})$ be the triple of test vectors from Theorem 2.1. Then $\mathrm{Loc}_{\overline {\mathfrak {p}}}(\kappa _{\infty }(\underline {\breve {f}},\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}}\underline {\breve {{\boldsymbol {g}}}}^{*}))=0$ , and

$$ \begin{align*} \mathrm{Col}^{\eta}(\mathrm{Loc}_{\mathfrak{p}}(\kappa_{\infty}(\underline{\breve{f}},\underline{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}}\underline{\breve{{\boldsymbol{g}}}}^{*})))&=\pm\mathbf{w}^{-1}\cdot\Theta_{f/K}(T)\cdot \sqrt{L^{\mathrm{alg}}(f/K\otimes\chi,1)}\cdot\frac{2C_{f,\chi}}{\alpha_{p}(1-\alpha_{p}^{-1}\chi(\overline{{\mathfrak p}}))}\cdot\frac{\eta_{f^{\circ}}}{\eta_{f^{\circ},N^{-}}}, \end{align*} $$

where and $C_{f,\chi }\in K(\chi ,\alpha _{p})^{\times }$ are as in Proposition 2.5.

Proof. This is the combination of Theorem 3.6 and the factorisation in Proposition 2.5.

Remark 3.8. Corollary 3.7 places for the first time $\Theta _{f/K}(T)$ within the landscape of Perrin-Riou’s vision [Reference Perrin-Riou37], whereby p-adic L-functions ought to arise as the image of p-adic families of special cohomology classes under generalised Coleman power series maps. For a different class of anticyclotomic p-adic L-functions introduced by Bertolini–Darmon–Prasanna [Reference Bertolini, Darmon and Prasanna6], a similar result was obtained by the authors in [Reference Castella and Hsieh11Reference Castella10].

4 Anticyclotomic derived p-adic heights

The main result of this section is Theorem 4.5, giving a formula for the anticyclotomic derived p-adic heights in terms of the Coleman map introduced before. This generalises a formula of [Reference Rubin40] to arbitrary rank.

4.1 The general theory

Initiated in [Reference Bertolini and Darmon3] and further developed in [Reference Howard26], the theory of derived p-adic heights relates the degeneracies of the p-adic height to the failure of the $p^{\infty }$ -Selmer group of elliptic curves over a $\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ -extension to be semi-simple as an Iwasawa module. Derived p-adic heights seem to have been rarely used for arithmetic applications in the previous literature,Footnote 1 but they will play a key role in the proof of our results. In this section, we briefly recall the results from [Reference Howard26] (with a slight generalisation) that we will need.

Let E be an elliptic curve over $\mathbf {Q}$ of conductor N with good ordinary reduction at $p>2$ . For any number field F, let $\text {Sel}_{p^{r}}(E/F)\subseteq \text {H}^{1}(F,E[p^{r}])$ be the $p^{r}$ -Selmer group of E over F and put

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Sel}(F,T_{p}E)=\varprojlim_{r}\textrm{Sel}_{p^{r}}(E/F) \end{align*} $$

and $\text {Sel}(F,V_{p}E)=\text {Sel}(F,T_{p}E)\otimes _{\mathbf {Z}_{p}}{\mathbf {Q}}_{p}$ . Let K be an imaginary quadratic field of discriminant prime to $Np$ and let $K_{\infty }/K$ be the anticyclotomic $\mathbf {Z}_{p}$ -extension of K. Denote by $K_{n}$ the subsection of $K_{\infty }$ with $[K_{n}\colon K]=p^{n}$ and put

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Sel}_{p^{\infty}}(E/K_{\infty})=\varinjlim_{n}\textrm{Sel}_{p^{\infty}}(E/K_{n}). \end{align*} $$

Finally, let be the anticyclotomic Iwasawa algebra and denote by $J\subseteq \Lambda $ the augmentation ideal.

Theorem 4.1. Let $N^{-}$ be the largest factor of N divisible only by primes that are inert in K, and suppose that

  • $N^{-}$ is squarefree,

  • $E[p]$ is ramified at every prime $q\vert N^{-}$ .

Then there is a filtration

$$ \begin{align*} \textrm{Sel}(K,V_{p}E)=S_{p}^{(1)}(E/K)\supseteq S_{p}^{(2)}(E/K)\supseteq\cdots\supseteq S_{p}^{(i)}(E/K)\supseteq\cdots \end{align*} $$

and a sequence of height pairings

$$ \begin{align*} h_{p}^{(i)}: S_{p}^{(i)}(E/K)\times S_{p}^{(i)}(E/K)\to (J^{i}/J^{i+1})\otimes_{\mathbf{Z}_{p}}{\mathbf{Q}}_{p} \end{align*} $$

with the following properties:

  1. (a) $S_{p}^{(i+1)}(E/K)$ is the null-space of $h_{p}^{(i)}$ .

  2. (b) $S_{p}^{(\infty )}(E/K):=\bigcap _{i\geqslant 1}S_{p}^{(i)}(E/K)$ is the subspace of $\mathrm{Sel}(K,V_{p}E)$ consisting of universal norms for $K_{\infty }/K$ :

    $$ \begin{align*} S_{p}^{(\infty)}(E/K)=\bigcap_{n=1}^{\infty}\mathrm{cor}_{K_{n}/K}(\mathrm{Sel}(K_{n},V_{p}E)), \end{align*} $$
    where $\mathrm{cor}_{K_{n}/K}:\mathrm{Sel}(K_{n},V_{p}E)\rightarrow \mathrm{Sel}(K,V_{p}E)$ is the corestriction map.
  3. (c) $h_{p}^{(i)}$ is symmetric (respectively alternating) for i odd (respectively i even).

  4. (d) $h_{p}^{(i)}(x^{\tau },y^{\tau })=(-1)^{i}h_{p}^{(i)}(x,y)$ , where $\tau \in \mathrm{Gal}(K/\mathbf {Q})$ is complex conjugation.

  5. (e) Let

    $$ \begin{align*} e_{i}:=\begin{cases} {\mathrm{dim}}_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}(S_{p}^{(i)}(E/K)/S_{p}^{(i+1)}(E/K))&\mbox{if }i<\infty,\\[0.1cm] {\mathrm{dim}}_{{\mathbf{Q}}_{p}}S_{p}^{(\infty)}(E/K)&\mbox{if }i=\infty. \end{cases} \end{align*} $$
    Then there is a $\Lambda $ -module pseudo-isomorphism
    $$ \begin{align*} \mathrm{Sel}_{p^{\infty}}(E/K_{\infty})^{\vee}\sim\left((\Lambda/J)^{\oplus e_{1}}\oplus\cdots\oplus(\Lambda/J^{i})^{\oplus e_{i}}\oplus\cdots\right)\oplus\Lambda^{\oplus e_{\infty}} \oplus M^{\prime} \end{align*} $$
    with $M^{\prime }$ a torsion $\Lambda $ -module with characteristic ideal prime-to-J.

Proof. This follows from Theorem 4.2 and Corollary 4.3 of [Reference Howard26] when