For questions regarding elliptic curves. Questions on ellipses should be tagged [conic-sections] instead.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

9
votes
0answers
124 views

Reference for l-adic Lie algebras

I don't know much at all about Lie algebras or representation theory, and I'm trying to read Ribet's `Review of Abelian l-adic Representations and Elliptic Curves'. Is there a standard reference for ...
8
votes
1answer
2k views

Reading the mind of Prof. John Coates (motive behind his statement)

To start with the issue, I have been thinking from many days that Birch-Swinnerton-dyer conjectures should have some association with the Galois theory, but one day I got the Article of Tate called as ...
8
votes
3answers
725 views

What does the Tate module of an elliptic curve tell us?

I started studying elliptic curves, and I see that it is rather common to take the Tate module of an elliptic curve (or, of the Jacobian of a higher genus curve). I'm having a hard time isolating the ...
8
votes
2answers
170 views

$a^3+3a^2+a$ is never a perfect square.

Prove that no number of the form $ a^3+3a^2+a $, for a positive integer $a$, is a perfect square. This problem was published in the Italian national competition (Cesenatico 1991). I've been trying ...
8
votes
1answer
1k views

Automorphism group of the elliptic curve $y^2 + y = x^3$

Consider the elliptic curve $E : y^2+y = x^3$ over $\overline{\mathbb{F}_2}$. It has the biggest automorphism group $G$ among all elliptic curves, namely with order $24$. What is the structure of $G$? ...
8
votes
3answers
824 views

Weierstrass $\wp$ function doubly periodic

I'm working my way through Silverman and Tate's Undergraduate Introduction to Elliptic Curves. I haven't yet been able to study complex analysis, so it comes as no surprise that I'm having a tough ...
8
votes
2answers
224 views

Rational solutions of $y^2 = x^3 - x$

I believe that the only rational solutions of $$y^2 = x^3 - x$$ are the obvious ones $(-1,0)$, $(0,0)$, $(1,0)$, and that this was proved by Fermat using the method of descent. Can anyone outline a ...
8
votes
1answer
326 views

Do schemes help us understand elliptic curves?

I'm reading Silverman and Tate's "Rational Points on Elliptic Curves" and I'm very much enjoying learning about these objects, and in particular doing a bit of number theory. It's different to what I'...
8
votes
2answers
197 views

Rank $2$ Elliptic Curves

I'm on a quest for some rank $2$ elliptic curves. My question is actually twofold: Is there a way to easily construct a curve with this property? Is there a database of elliptic curves with given ...
8
votes
2answers
125 views

How to show there exists no solution to a discrete logarithm problem on an Elliptic Curve?

The exact problem is to show that $\nexists$k such that $k(1,2) = (4,5)$ on the elliptic curve defined by $\widetilde{E}: y^2 = x^3 -14x + 17$ over $\mathbb Q$. Background: E: $y^2 = x^3 + 3$ over $...
8
votes
1answer
150 views

Why does the elliptic curve for $a+b+c = abc = 6$ involve a solvable nonic?

The curve discussed in this OP's post, $$\color{brown}{-24a+36a^2-12a^3+a^4}=z^2\tag1$$ is birationally equivalent to an elliptic curve. Following E. Delanoy's post, let $G$ be the set of rational ...
8
votes
2answers
281 views

Integer solutions of $x^3 = 7y^3 + 6 y^2+2 y$?

Does the equation $$x^3 = 7y^3 + 6 y^2+2 y\tag{1}$$ have any positive integer solutions? This is equivalent to a conjecture about OEIS sequence A245624. Maple tells me this is a curve of genus $1$, ...
8
votes
1answer
107 views

Torsion on $y^2=x^3+d$

A question that I am stuck on is: prove that the $\mathbb{Q}$-torsion subgroup of the elliptic curve $y^2=x^3+d$ has order dividing 6. Any hints on how to start would be nice. I tried saying ...
8
votes
1answer
151 views

Characterization of the $m$-torsion points of an elliptic curve.

Let $(E,\mathcal{O})$ be the elliptic curve of equation $$ f=Y^{2}+a_{1}XY+a_{3}Y-X^{3}-a_{2}X^{2}-a_{4}X-a_{6}, $$ $\alpha:K(E)\rightarrow K(E)$ the derivation such that $$ \alpha(X)=\frac{\...
8
votes
1answer
143 views

How to test if a given elliptic curve has complex multiplication

Is there a general, reasonably easy to understand, algorithm for testing whether an elliptic curve has CM? For example, consider the curve $y^2=x^3+\frac{27}{1727}x+\frac{54}{1727}$ This has j-...
8
votes
1answer
149 views

Proof in Kummer Theory - why is this subgroup finite?

I'm doing a course on elliptic curves. We're working with a field $K$ with $\mu_n \subset K$ ($K$ contains all $n$th roots of unity) and $\mbox{char}(K)\not|\;n$. I'm trying to understand the proof ...
8
votes
1answer
154 views

Line Bundle on subvarieties

I've been having problem actually restricting a Line bundle $L$ defined on some projective space $\mathbb C \mathbb P^{N-1}$ to a subvariety $X$. I know how to do this on an abstract level, but ...
8
votes
1answer
317 views

Euler Product of Modular L-series

This question is probably really easy to someone that knows the theory of modular forms well, so I apologize if this is obvious. Suppose $E_1$ and $E_2$ are elliptic curves over $\mathbb{Q}$ and the ...
8
votes
1answer
142 views

Prove that a holonomic (p-recursive) difference equation returns only integral values

Consider the recurrence given by $(n+1)^2 a_{n+1} = (9n^2+9n+3)a_n-27n^2 a_{n-1}$ $a_0 = 1, a_1 = 3$. Clearly, $a_n$ is rational, but unexpectedly, the recurrence seems to output only integral ...
8
votes
2answers
242 views

Completion along zero section of an elliptic curve.

I am trying to understand the intuition that I should have about the formal group of an elliptic curve. Say that I have an elliptic curve $E\to \text{Spec} R$ for some ring $R$, with section $0\colon \...
8
votes
1answer
128 views

Are all elliptic curves from $w^3 = \text{cubic}(z)$ isomorphic?

I've been playing around with Riemann surfaces of cubics, and it seems to me that all surfaces obtained as coverings of the Riemann sphere from equations of the form $w^3 = q(z)$, where $q(z)$ is a ...
8
votes
1answer
114 views

Size of the group $E(\mathbb{Q}_{p})/pE(\mathbb{Q}_{p})$

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve over $\mathbb{Q}_{p}$. Do we know anything about the order of the group $E(\mathbb{Q}_{p})/pE(\mathbb{Q}_{p})$? I know that it's finite, but do we know anything else?
8
votes
1answer
553 views

Splitting of quaternion algebras

A rational (definite) quaternion algebra is an algebra of the form $$ \mathcal{K} = \mathbb{Q} + \mathbb{Q}\alpha + \mathbb{Q}\beta + \mathbb{Q}\alpha \beta $$ with $\alpha^2,\beta^2 \in \mathbb{Q}$...
7
votes
3answers
2k views

Group Law for an Elliptic curve

I was reading this book "Rational points on Elliptic curves" by J.Silverman, and J.Tate, 2 prominent figures in Number theory and was very intrigued after reading the first couple of pages. The ...
7
votes
3answers
207 views

The genus of a curve with a group structure

I'm reading Milne's Elliptic Curves and came across this statement: If a nonsingular projective curve has a group structure defined by polynomial maps, then it has genus 1. In this question a similar ...
7
votes
2answers
1k views

Local-Global Principle and the Cassels statement.

In a recent article I have read, i.e. " Lecture notes on elliptic curves ", Prof.Cassels remarks in page-110 that There is not merely a local-global principle for curves of genus-$0$, but ...
7
votes
3answers
404 views

Purpose of cusps

In the theory of of modular forms, there is the set of of cusps defined by $\mathbb{P}^1 (\mathbb{Q})= \mathbb{Q} \cup \{\infty\}$. For an subgroup $\Gamma < \text{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})$ of finite ...
7
votes
2answers
433 views

The Néron-Tate canonical height on elliptic curves

I have been trying to understand the Néron-Tate global canonical height of algebraic points on elliptic curves. Let $K$ be a number field, $E$ an elliptic curve (over $\mathbb{Q}$, say), and $E(K)$ ...
7
votes
3answers
325 views

Diophantine equation $x^2 + 32x = y^3$

I am trying to find all solutions to the Diophantine equation $x^2 + 32x = y^3$. I think that the first step is to factorise: $x(x+32)=y^3$. If $x$ is odd, then $x+32$ is also odd. The common ...
7
votes
2answers
838 views

Geometric reason why elliptic curve group law is associative

The question title says it all. I am looking for a geometric proof for the fact that the group law defined on elliptic curves is associative. I've heard somewhere about something on the ...
7
votes
2answers
145 views

Is the equality $1^2+\cdots + 24^2 = 70^2$ just a coincidence?

I have read a question (written in Korean) that the equality $$1^2+2^2+\cdots + 24^2 = 70^2$$ is just a coincidence or not. It is a related to the integral points of the following elliptic curve (?): $...
7
votes
1answer
400 views

Is the pushforward of the sheaf of differentials on an elliptic curve over a scheme necessarily trivial?

If $f:E\rightarrow S$ is an elliptic curve over a scheme $S$ (so $f$ is proper and smooth of relative dimension one with geometrically connected fibers of genus one, equipped with a section $0:S\...
7
votes
1answer
224 views

Integral relations in Fricke and Klein

Can someone please explain how Fricke and Klein obtain the integral relationa stated at the top of p. 34 in this book? The entire book can be previewed on Google Books. It is an old book and I do not ...
7
votes
2answers
588 views

A question on FLT and Taniyama Shimura

Sometime back i watched the documentary of Andrew Wiles proving the Fermat's Last theorem. A truly inspiring video and i still watch it whenever i am in a depressed mood. There are certain things(...
7
votes
1answer
515 views

Does the $p$-torsion of an elliptic curve with good reduction over a local field always determine whether the reduction is ordinary or supersingular?

Let $K$ be a finite extension of $\mathbb{Q}_p$ and $E/K$ an elliptic curve with good reduction. Does the $\mathbb{F}_p[\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{K})]$-module $E[p](\overline{K})$ determine whether the ...
7
votes
2answers
78 views

For which $n$ can $(a, nb, c)$ and $(b, c, d)$ be Pythagorean triples?

Fermat proved that if $(a, b, c)$ is a Pythagorean triple, then $(b, c, d)$ cannot be a Pythagorean triple. Suppose $(a, nb, c)$ form a Pythagorean triple. Can $(b, c, d)$ be a Pythagorean triple? ...
7
votes
1answer
105 views

Why is $H^1(\text{Gal}(\overline{K}/K),A)=\lim_{\rightarrow}H^1\left(L/K, A^{\text{Gal}(\overline{K}/L)}\right)$

I'm doing a course on elliptic curves, and I'm stuck on this. Here are the definitions: Let $G$ be a group and let $A$ be a $G$-module (that is, a $\mathbb{Z}[G]$-module). We have the "cochains" $$C^...
7
votes
1answer
212 views

How can I determine in practice whether two elliptic curves over $\mathbb{Q}$ have isomorphic $p$-torsion?

Let $E_1$ and $E_2$ be elliptic curves over $\mathbb{Q}$ with good, ordinary reduction at an odd prime $p$. I'm wondering how to determine whether $E_1[p]$ and $E_2[p]$ are isomorphic $\mathbb{F}_p[G_\...
7
votes
1answer
390 views

Special privilege enjoyed by Elliptic Curves with Complex Multiplication

I think after reading the title one may understand the intention of me, this question is concerned about the Elliptic curves having a Complex Multiplication. I have been reading many theorems, ( ...
7
votes
1answer
146 views

Challenge from Fermat

Fermat challenged Frenicle with finding a pythagorean triple (a,b,c) where $(a-b)^2-2b^2$ is itself a square. By making the substitution $a=m^2-n^2$, $b=2mn$, and $c=m^2+n^2$ into $(a-b)^2-2b^2=d^2$ ...
7
votes
1answer
255 views

rationality of $\ell$-adic representation attached to an elliptic curves

Let $E$ be an elliptic curves defined over a number field $K$. Consider the $\ell$-adic representation attached to $E$ $$ \rho_{\ell}:\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{K}/K) \longrightarrow \mathrm{Aut}(V_{\ell}...
7
votes
1answer
132 views

Prove that $3x^3+4y^3+5z^3 \equiv 0 \pmod{p}$ is solvable for all primes p

I am trying to prove that the congruence $3x^3+4y^3+5z^3 \equiv 0 \pmod{p}$ is solvable for all primes p. I proved it using primitive root, but my professor in number theory told me that it can be ...
7
votes
1answer
188 views

Dimension of family of hyperelliptic curves

Suppose we have an elliptic curve E with a point $P$ of order $5$ over a field of characteristic $0$. Denote $E'$ the curve $E/\langle P\rangle$. Now let $x$ (resp. $x'$) be a function on $E$ (resp. $...
7
votes
1answer
250 views

Surfaces ruled over elliptic curves

Ground field $\Bbb{C}$. Algebraic category. Elliptic surfaces are those surfaces endowed with a morphism onto some smooth curve, with generic fiber an elliptic curve. Suppose $E$ is an elliptic ...
7
votes
0answers
154 views

Galois cohomologies of an elliptic curve

I am studying basic theory of elliptic curves. I encountered Galois cohomology. But two introductory textbooks I read used only $H^0$ and $H^1$. I am curious why higher cohomologies did not appear. I ...
7
votes
0answers
130 views

What is the group structure on the ring of power series around a point that makes it “the completion of an elliptic curve” along that point?

I've been struggling to understand the explicit details of the completion of an elliptic curve about the origin, and am desperately confused by the explicit details of the resulting group operation. ...
7
votes
0answers
96 views

Ex. $2.30$ in Silverman Adv. Topics

I would like to refer you to Exercise $2.30(c)$ in Silverman's Advanced Topics in Elliptic Curves. Question: Let $E/L$ be an EC with CM by $K$. Assume that $K\nsubseteq L$, and let $L'=LK$ and let ...
7
votes
0answers
155 views

What is the complex *algebraic* moduli of elliptic curves?

It's well-known that $SL_2(\mathbb{Z}) \backslash \mathfrak{h}$ is a coarse moduli space for complex elliptic curves. Thus, I would expect this to be related to the pullback of $\mathcal{M}_{ell} \...
7
votes
1answer
126 views

Short exact sequence of modules and elliptic curves

Let $E/\mathbb{Q}$ be an elliptic curve with a 3-torsion point $P$. Let $E_{d}$ denote the quadratic twist of $E$ by $d$. Then the action of $\sigma \in \operatorname{Gal}(\overline{\mathbb{Q}}/\...
6
votes
3answers
162 views

Fact check: global geometry / topology of moduli space of curves

Question: Is the moduli space of smooth complex curves of genus $g\geq2$ isomorphic to the affine space $\mathbb A_{\mathbb C}^{3g-3}$? (Note: I am not asking about the compactification of this ...