Jared Weinstein (UCLA) and William Stein (Univ. of Washington): Heegner Points and Kolyvagin's Euler system


The celebrated Gross-Zagier theorem implies that if E/\mathbf{Q} is an elliptic curve of analytic rank one, then E(\mathbf{Q}) contains a subgroup of finite index generated by a single Heegner point P_K which is necessarily non-torsion. (Here K is an appropriate imaginary quadratic field.) But if E has higher analytic rank, meaning that presumably E has lots of nontorsion rational points, then P_K is torsion. Nonetheless, there is a remarkable theory of Kolyvagin systems which plays the role of P_K. This is a family of cohomology classes \tau_n in H^1(K,E[p]), indexed by suitable square-free integers n, which satisfy a highly restrictive compatibility relationship. If just one member of the family is nonzero, then there are strong consequences; for instance, the entire p-Selmer group (which contains E(K)/pE(K) as a subgroup) will be generated by the Kolyvagin classes \tau_n for n a product of r-1 distinct primes, where r is the rank of the p-Selmer group for E/K.

Our group will be concerned with the computation of the classes \tau_n. By the end of the workshop, I would like to see a table of mod 3 classes \tau_{\ell_1 \ell_2} for the elliptic curve 5077A of rank 3, for different values of the quadratic field K and for various pairs of primes \ell_1, \ell_2.

Project 1

Let E be an elliptic curve of rank 2, let p be a prime, let K/\mathbf{Q} be an imaginary quadratic field satisfying the Heegner hypothesis. Finally, let \ell be a Kolyvagin prime relative to the data E, K, p. The Kolyvagin class \tau_\ell lies in a modified Selmer group H^1_{\mathcal{F}(\ell)}(K,E[p]). (For definitions, see Howard's paper, Def. 1.2.2.)

(a) Assume that III_p(E/K)=0. Give an algorithm that finds the dimension of H^1_{\mathcal{F}(\ell)}(K,E[p]).

(b) If H^1_{\mathcal{F}(\ell)}(K,E[p]) is one-dimensional, then it must be a subspace of H^1_{\mathcal{F}}(K,E[p])=E(\mathbf{Q})\otimes\mathbf{Z}/p\mathbf{Z}. (Howard's paper, Lemma 1.5.3) Therefore \tau_\ell lives in a line inside of E(\mathbf{Q})\otimes\mathbf{Z}/p\mathbf{Z}. Which one is it?

(c) Compare the \tau_\ell from (b) (known only up to torsion) with those produced by William's function "kolyvagin_point_on_curve".

UPDATE: (a)-(b) has been done for the elliptic curve 389a, for discriminants up to and excluding -67, and for \ell up to 3000. Here is the Sage code: http://standalone.sagenb.org/home/pub/9/. Part (c) has been partially checked.

Project 2

Suppose the Heegner point y_1\in E(K[1]) has been computed, so that its coordinates are known as algebraic numbers. Compute the trace y_K of y_1.

Project 3

The Mordell-Weil group mod p is a subgroup of the mod p Selmer group. The Kolyvagin classes lie in modified Selmer groups \mathcal{H}(\ell):=H^1_{\mathcal{F}(\ell)}(K,E[p]). For small values of p (i.e. p=2!), directly compute these Selmer groups. Use the existing Selmer group functionality in SAGE (for number fields).

Go along the lines of the paper of Shaefer and Stoll: http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=

When \rho_{E,p} is surjective, there is an injective map H^1_{\mathcal{F}(\ell)}(K,E[p])\to A^\times/(A^\times)^p, where A/K is the degree p^2-1 extension obtained by adjoining one p-division point of E to K. Use Shaefor and Stoll's method to characterize the image of this injection.

* Sage code (more than a start) for p=3: http://standalone.sagenb.org/home/pub/13/

Project 4

Let E/\mathbf{Q} be an elliptic curve with non-trivial 3-torsion in III(E/\mathbf{Q}). (E.g., curve 681b.) Let K/\mathbf{Q} be an imaginary quadratic field satisfying the Heegner hypothesis. Assume 3 doesn't divide any Tamagawa numbers of E. Can III(E/K)[3] be generated by Kolyvagin classes? Here's how you might proceed:

a) Use 3-descent on E to find two elements in A^\times/(A^\times)^3 representing a basis of III(E/\mathbf{Q}). Here A/\mathbf{Q} is the etale algebra arising in the 3-descent computation.

b) Find primes \ell for which \dim\mathcal{H}(\ell)=1. Use Stein's algorithm to confirm (if possible) that \tau_\ell\neq 0. Repeat until you have found two linearly independent \tau_{\ell_1}, \tau_{\ell_2}: These should span III(E/\mathbf{Q}).


Finding the n-th roots of a point P on an elliptic curve even when they are not defined over the ground field -- this should be used in Project 3. This should probably be implemented in Sage as an option in P.division_points(n, options).

* Sage code: http://standalone.sagenb.org/home/pub/12/


B. H. Gross, Kolyvagin’s work on modular elliptic curves, L-functions and arithmetic (Durham, 1989), London Math. Soc. Lecture Note Ser., vol. 153, Cambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge, 1991, pp. 235–256.

B. Howard, The Heegner point Kolyvagin system, Compos. Math. 140 (2004), no. 6, 1439–1472.

V. A. Kolyvagin, Euler systems, The Grothendieck Festschrift, Vol. II, Progr. Math., vol. 87, Birkhauser Boston, Boston, MA, 1990, pp. 435–483.

W. Stein, Heegner Points on Rank Two Elliptic Curves. http://wstein.org/papers/kolyconj2/.

W. Stein, Toward a generalization of Gross-Zagier. http://wstein.org/papers/stein-ggz/


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