Class groups of imaginary function fields: The inert case

Authors:
Yoonjin Lee and Allison M. Pacelli

Journal:
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. **133** (2005), 2883-2889

MSC (2000):
Primary 11R29; Secondary 11R58

Published electronically:
April 22, 2005

MathSciNet review:
2159765

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Abstract: Let be a finite field and a transcendental element over . An imaginary function field is defined to be a function field such that the prime at infinity is inert or totally ramified. For the totally imaginary case, in a recent paper the second author constructed infinitely many function fields of any fixed degree over in which the prime at infinity is totally ramified and with ideal class numbers divisible by any given positive integer greater than 1. In this paper, we complete the imaginary case by proving the corresponding result for function fields in which the prime at infinity is inert. Specifically, we show that for relatively prime integers and , there are infinitely many function fields of fixed degree such that the class group of contains a subgroup isomorphic to and the prime at infinity is inert.

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**Yoonjin Lee**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts 01063

Email:
yjlee@smith.edu

**Allison M. Pacelli**

Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts 01267

Email:
Allison.Pacelli@williams.edu

DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9939-05-07910-4

Keywords:
Class group,
class number,
rank of class group,
imaginary function field

Received by editor(s):
May 1, 2004

Received by editor(s) in revised form:
June 8, 2004

Published electronically:
April 22, 2005

Communicated by:
Wen-Ching Winnie Li

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American Mathematical Society