Boletim da Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática  Bulletin/Brazilian Mathematical Society
, Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 1150
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Some arithmetic properties of Weierstrass points: Hyperelliptic curves
 Joseph H. SilvermanAffiliated withMathematics Department, Brown University
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The set of Weierstrass points for pluricanonical linear systems on an algebraic curve C have been extensively studied from a geometric viewpoint. If the curve is defined over a number fieldk, then thesen th order Weierstrass points are defined over an algebraic extensionk _{ n } ofk, and it is an interesting question to ask for the arithmetic properties of the points and the extension that they generate. In this paper we begin the study of the arithmetic properties of higher order Weierstrass points in the special case of hyperelliptic curves. We give an upper bound for the average height of these points, and we show that for sufficiently large primesp, the first order Weierstrass points and then th order Weierstrass points remain distinct modulop. This limits to some extent the ramification that can occur in the extensionk _{ n }/k. We also present two numerical examples which indicate that a complete description of the ramification is likely to be complicated.
 Title
 Some arithmetic properties of Weierstrass points: Hyperelliptic curves
 Journal

Boletim da Sociedade Brasileira de Matemática  Bulletin/Brazilian Mathematical Society
Volume 21, Issue 1 , pp 1150
 Cover Date
 199003
 DOI
 10.1007/BF01236278
 Print ISSN
 01003569
 Online ISSN
 16787714
 Publisher
 SpringerVerlag
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 Authors

 Joseph H. Silverman ^{(1)}
 Author Affiliations

 1. Mathematics Department, Brown University, 02912, Providence, RI, USA