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Heuristics for class numbers and lambda invariants

Authors: James S. Kraft and Lawrence C. Washington
Journal: Math. Comp. 76 (2007), 1005-1023
MSC (2000): Primary 11R23, 11R29, 11R11
Published electronically: October 30, 2006
MathSciNet review: 2291847
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Abstract: Let $ K=\mathbf Q(\sqrt{-d})$ be an imaginary quadratic field and let $ \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{3d})$ be the associated real quadratic field. Starting from the Cohen-Lenstra heuristics and Scholz's theorem, we make predictions for the behaviors of the 3-parts of the class groups of these two fields as $ d$ varies. We deduce heuristic predictions for the behavior of the Iwasawa $ \lambda$-invariant for the cyclotomic $ \mathbf Z_3$-extension of $ K$ and test them computationally.

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James S. Kraft
Affiliation: The Ingenuity Project, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland 21209

Lawrence C. Washington
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland 20742

Received by editor(s): August 23, 2005
Received by editor(s) in revised form: January 6, 2006
Published electronically: October 30, 2006
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