2015 Theses Doctoral

# The Parity of Analytic Ranks among Quadratic Twists of Elliptic Curves over Number Fields

The parity of the analytic rank of an elliptic curve is given by the root number in the functional equation L(E,s). Fixing an elliptic curve over any number eld and considering the family of its quadratic twists, it is natural to ask what the average analytic rank in this family is. A lower bound on this number is given by the average root number.

In this paper, we investigate the root number in such families and derive an asymptotic formula for the proportion of curves in the family that have even rank. Our results are then used to support a conjecture about the average analytic rank in this family of elliptic curves.

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## More About This Work

- Academic Units
- Mathematics
- Thesis Advisors
- Goldfeld, Dorian
- Degree
- Ph.D., Columbia University
- Published Here
- May 7, 2015