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On local-global divisibility by $p^n$ in elliptic curves

By Laura Paladino, Gabriele Ranieri and Evelina Viada


Let $p$ be a prime number and let $ k $ be a number field, which does not contain the field $\mathbb{Q} (\zeta_p + \bar{\zeta_p})$. Let $\mathcal{E}$ be an elliptic curve defined over $k$. We prove that if there are no $k$-rational torsion points of exact order $p$ on $\E$, then the local-global principle holds for divisibility by $p^n$, with $n$ a natural number. As a consequence of the deep theorem of Merel, for $p$ larger than a constant depending only on the degree of $k$, there are no counterexamples to the local-global divisibility principle. Nice and deep works give explicit small constants for elliptic curves defined over a number field of degree at most 5 over $\mathbb{Q}.Comment: This is the version that also appeared on the Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society (see Journal Reference). We also attach an Errata Corrige that corrects a mistake, which does not have any consequences on the results in this articl

Topics: Mathematics - Number Theory
Year: 2013
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