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Heegner Points and the Rank of Elliptic Curves over Large Extensions of Global Fields


Published:20080601
Printed: Jun 2008
Abstract
Let $k$ be a global field, $\overline{k}$ a separable
closure of $k$, and $G_k$ the absolute Galois group
$\Gal(\overline{k}/k)$ of $\overline{k}$ over $k$. For every
$\sigma\in G_k$, let $\ks$ be the fixed subfield of $\overline{k}$
under $\sigma$. Let $E/k$ be an elliptic curve over $k$. It is known
that the MordellWeil group $E(\ks)$ has infinite rank. We present a
new proof of this fact in the following two cases. First, when $k$
is a global function field of odd characteristic and $E$ is
parametrized by a Drinfeld modular curve, and secondly when $k$ is a
totally real number field and $E/k$ is parametrized by a Shimura
curve. In both cases our approach uses the nontriviality of a
sequence of Heegner points on $E$ defined over ring class fields.