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Computations of Elliptic Units for Real Quadratic Fields


Published:20070601
Printed: Jun 2007
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Abstract
Let $K$ be a real quadratic field, and $p$ a rational prime which is
inert in $K$. Let $\alpha$ be a modular unit on $\Gamma_0(N)$. In an
earlier joint article with Henri Darmon, we presented the definition
of an element $u(\alpha, \tau) \in K_p^\times$ attached to $\alpha$
and each $\tau \in K$. We conjectured that the $p$adic number
$u(\alpha, \tau)$ lies in a specific ring class extension of $K$
depending on $\tau$, and proposed a ``Shimura reciprocity law"
describing the permutation action of Galois on the set of $u(\alpha,
\tau)$. This article provides computational evidence for these
conjectures. We present an efficient algorithm for computing
$u(\alpha, \tau)$, and implement this algorithm with the modular unit
$\alpha(z) = \Delta(z)^2\Delta(4z)/\Delta(2z)^3.$ Using $p = 3, 5, 7,$
and $11$, and all real quadratic fields $K$ with discriminant $D <
500$ such that $2$ splits in $K$ and $K$ contains no unit of negative
norm, we obtain results supporting our conjectures. One of the
theoretical results in this paper is that a certain measure used to
define $u(\alpha, \tau)$ is shown to be $\mathbf{Z}$valued rather
than only $\mathbf{Z}_p \cap \mathbf{Q}$valued; this is an
improvement over our previous result and allows for a precise
definition of $u(\alpha, \tau)$, instead of only up to a root of
unity.