Elliptic Units in Function Fields

  • David R. Hayes
Part of the Progress in Mathematics book series (PM, volume 26)


In [R], Robert uses modular functions to construct units in the class fields H of an imaginary quadratic number field F. In case H/F has prime power conductor, he computes the index of these “elliptic units” in the full unit group of H and finds that, up to trivial factors, the index is the class number of H. He therefore refers to his results on indices as class number formulas.


Prime Ideal Galois Group Class Number Positive Element Class Field 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Hayes
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  1. 1.Department of Mathematics and StatisticsUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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