Modular curves and complex multiplication
Tutor / directorRotger Cerdà, Víctor
Document typeMaster thesis
Rights accessOpen Access
In this project we explore the connections between elliptic curves, modular curves and complex multiplication (CM). The main theorem of CM shows that the theory of CM for elliptic curves provides an explicit construction of finite abelian extensions of a quadratic imaginary field. The proof we discuss uses many of the properties of the classical modular curve, which is introduced both as a geometrical object and as a moduli space. This theory together with the Modularity theorem is used in the construction of Heegner points, which are in the heart of the proof of Kolyvagin's theorem, a result closely related with the Birch and Swinnerton-Dyer conjecture.