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WhatisaWaystocharacterize supersingular primeprimes?

So,

I've read the definition, and it basically says p is a supersingular prime iff the fundamental domain of a group generated by \Gamma(p) and a matrix ((0, 1), (-p, 0)) is rational.

And there's a finite list of those, so it's kind of stupid to try to characterize a finite set.

But, anyway, what is the deep meaning of supersingular primes? What are different ways to characterize them?

This question actually arose when I posted a different question about one of the characterizations, the one related to Monster finite group. I hope to collect all possible answers from number theory here.

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What is a supersingular prime?

So, I've read the definition, and it basically says p is a supersingular prime iff the fundamental domain of a group generated by \Gamma(p) and a matrix ((0, 1), (-p, 0)) is rational.

And there's a finite list of those, so it's kind of stupid to try to characterize a finite set.

But, anyway, what is the deep meaning of supersingular primes?