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Mathematics of Computation

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Torsion subgroups of rational elliptic curves over the compositum of all cubic fields
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by Harris B. Daniels, Álvaro Lozano-Robledo, Filip Najman and Andrew V. Sutherland PDF
Math. Comp. 87 (2018), 425-458 Request permission


Let $E/\mathbb {Q}$ be an elliptic curve and let $\mathbb {Q}(3^\infty )$ be the compositum of all cubic extensions of $\mathbb {Q}$. In this article we show that the torsion subgroup of $E(\mathbb {Q}(3^\infty ))$ is finite and we determine 20 possibilities for its structure, along with a complete description of the $\overline {\mathbb {Q}}$-isomorphism classes of elliptic curves that fall into each case. We provide rational parameterizations for each of the 16 torsion structures that occur for infinitely many $\overline {\mathbb {Q}}$-isomorphism classes of elliptic curves, and a complete list of $j$-invariants for each of the 4 that do not.
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  • Harris B. Daniels
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts 01002
  • MR Author ID: 1105200
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  • Álvaro Lozano-Robledo
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut 06269
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  • Filip Najman
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, University of Zagreb, Bijenička cesta 30, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
  • MR Author ID: 886852
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  • Andrew V. Sutherland
  • Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
  • MR Author ID: 852273
  • ORCID: 0000-0001-7739-2792
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  • Received by editor(s): February 23, 2016
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: August 24, 2016
  • Published electronically: May 5, 2017
  • Additional Notes: The third author acknowledges support from the QuantiXLie Center of Excellence. The fourth author was supported by NSF grants DMS-1115455 and DMS-1522526.
  • © Copyright 2017 American Mathematical Society
  • Journal: Math. Comp. 87 (2018), 425-458
  • MSC (2010): Primary 11G05; Secondary 11R21, 12F10, 14H52
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  • MathSciNet review: 3716201