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Quadratic twists of elliptic curves

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  • UserJohn Coates (Cambridge)
  • ClockTuesday 25 February 2014, 16:15-17:15
  • HouseMR13.

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In the family of all quadratic twists of an elliptic curve defined over Q, it has long been folklore that one expects that, amongst all twists with root number +1 (resp. root number -1), those whose complex L-function does not vanish at s=1 (resp. whose complex L-function has a simple zero at s=1) should have density 1. This has never been proven for a single elliptic curve over Q, but recently Y. Tian discovered a new method for making important progress in this direction for the quadratic twists of the elliptic curve y2 = x3 – x. In my lecture, I shall discuss joint work with Y. Li, Y. Tian and S. Zhuai which makes some first steps towards extending Tian’s method to the quadratic twists of a large family of elliptic curves over Q. Some of our results also generalize an old lemma due to B. Birch.

This talk is part of the Number Theory Seminar series.

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