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Mathematics of Computation

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ISSN 1088-6842 (online) ISSN 0025-5718 (print)

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Computing heights on elliptic curves
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by Joseph H. Silverman PDF
Math. Comp. 51 (1988), 339-358 Request permission


We describe how to compute the canonical height of points on elliptic curves. Tate has given a rapidly converging series for Archimedean local heights over R. We describe a modified version of Tate’s series which also converges over C, and give an efficient procedure for calculating local heights at non-Archimedean places. In this way we can calculate heights over number fields having complex embeddings. We also give explicit estimates for the tail of our series, and present several examples.
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  • © Copyright 1988 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 51 (1988), 339-358
  • MSC: Primary 11G05; Secondary 11D25, 11Y40, 14G25, 14K15
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  • MathSciNet review: 942161