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A note on integral points on elliptic curves

Mark Watkins — 2006

Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux

We investigate a problem considered by Zagier and Elkies, of finding large integral points on elliptic curves. By writing down a generic polynomial solution and equating coefficients, we are led to suspect four extremal cases that still might have nondegenerate solutions. Each of these cases gives rise to a polynomial system of equations, the first being solved by Elkies in 1988 using the resultant methods of , with there being a unique rational nondegenerate solution. For the second case we found...

Another 80-dimensional extremal lattice

Mark Watkins — 2012

Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux

We show that the unimodular lattice associated to the rank 20 quaternionic matrix group SL 2 ( F 41 ) S ˜ 3 GL 80 ( Z ) is a fourth example of an 80-dimensional extremal lattice. Our method is to use the positivity of the Θ -series in conjunction with an enumeration of all the norm 10 vectors. The use of Aschbacher’s theorem on subgroups of finite classical groups (reliant on the classification of finite simple groups) provides one proof that this lattice is distinct from the previous three, while computing the inner product...

On elliptic curves and random matrix theory

Mark Watkins — 2008

Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux

Rubinstein has produced a substantial amount of data about the even parity quadratic twists of various elliptic curves, and compared the results to predictions from random matrix theory. We use the method of Heegner points to obtain a comparable (yet smaller) amount of data for the case of odd parity. We again see that at least one of the principal predictions of random matrix theory is well-evidenced by the data.

Ranks of quadratic twists of elliptic curves

Mark WatkinsStephen DonnellyNoam D. ElkiesTom FisherAndrew GranvilleNicholas F. Rogers — 2014

Publications mathématiques de Besançon

We report on a large-scale project to investigate the ranks of elliptic curves in a quadratic twist family, focussing on the congruent number curve. Our methods to exclude candidate curves include 2-Selmer, 4-Selmer, and 8-Selmer tests, the use of the Guinand-Weil explicit formula, and even 3-descent in a couple of cases. We find that rank 6 quadratic twists are reasonably common (though still quite difficult to find), while rank 7 twists seem much more rare. We also describe our inability to find...

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