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On invariants of elliptic curves on average

Volume 168 / 2015

Amir Akbary, Adam Tyler Felix Acta Arithmetica 168 (2015), 31-70 MSC: 11G05, 11G20. DOI: 10.4064/aa168-1-3

Abstract

We prove several results regarding some invariants of elliptic curves on average over the family of all elliptic curves inside a box of sides $A$ and $B$. As an example, let $E$ be an elliptic curve defined over $\mathbb{Q}$ and $p$ be a prime of good reduction for $E$. Let $e_E(p)$ be the exponent of the group of rational points of the reduction modulo $p$ of $E$ over the finite field $\mathbb{F}_p$. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be the family of elliptic curves $$E_{a,b}:y^2=x^3+ax+b,$$ where $|a|\leq A$ and $|b|\leq B$. We prove that, for any $c>1$ and $k\in \mathbb{N}$, $$ \frac{1}{|\mathcal{C}|} \sum_{E\in \mathcal{C}} \sum_{p\leq x} e_E^k(p) = C_k \mathop{\rm li} (x^{k+1})+O\biggl(\frac{x^{k+1}}{(\log{x})^c} \bigg) $$ as $x\rightarrow \infty$, as long as $A, B>\exp(c_1 (\log{x})^{1/2})$ and $AB>x(\log{x})^{4+2c}$, where $c_1$ is a suitable positive constant. Here $C_k$ is an explicit constant given in the paper which depends only on $k$, and $\mathop{\rm li} (x)=\int_{2}^x dt/\!\log{t}$. We prove several similar results as corollaries to a general theorem. The method of the proof is capable of improving some of the known results with $A, B>x^\epsilon$ and $AB>x(\log{x})^\delta$ to $A, B>\exp(c_1 (\log{x})^{1/2})$ and $AB>x(\log{x})^\delta$.

Authors

  • Amir AkbaryDepartment of Mathematics and Computer Science
    University of Lethbridge
    4401 University Drive
    Lethbridge, AB, T1K 3M4, Canada
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  • Adam Tyler FelixDepartment of Mathematics and Computer Science
    University of Lethbridge
    4401 University Drive
    Lethbridge, AB, T1K 3M4, Canada
    e-mail

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