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Title:  QCurves with Complex Multiplication 
Authors:  Wilson, Ley Catherine 
Keywords:  number theory complex multiplication abelian varieties 
Issue Date:  7Jun2010 
Publisher:  University of Sydney. Science. School of Mathematics and Statistics. 
Abstract:  The Hecke character of an abelian variety A/F is an isogeny invariant and the Galois action is such that A is isogenous to its Galois conjugate A^σ if and only if the corresponding Hecke character is fixed by σ. The quadratic twist of A by an extension L/F corresponds to multiplication of the associated Hecke characters. This leads us to investigate the Galois groups of families of quadratic extensions L/F with restricted ramification which are normal over a given subfield k of F. Our most detailed results are given for the case where k is the field of rational numbers and F is a field of definition for an elliptic curve with complex multiplication by K. In this case the groups which occur as Gal(L/K) are closely related to the 4torsion of the class group of K. We analyze the structure of the local unit groups of quadratic fields to find conditions for the existence of curves with good reduction everywhere. After discussing the question of finding models for curves of a given Hecke character, we use twists by 3torsion points to give an algorithm for constructing models of curves with known Hecke character and good reduction outside 3. The endomorphism algebra of the Weil restriction of an abelian variety A may be determined from the Grössencharacter of A. We describe the computation of these algebras and give examples in which A has dimension 1 or 2 and its Weil restriction has simple abelian subvarieties of dimension ranging between 2 and 24. 
Description:  Doctor of Philosophy 
URI:  http://hdl.handle.net/2123/6259 
Rights and Permissions:  The author retains copyright of this thesis. 
Type of Work:  PhD Doctorate 
Appears in Collections:  Sydney Digital Theses (Open Access) 
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