Marco Streng


Leiden University


Thursday, January 17, 2008 - 2:50pm


MSTB 254

Elliptic divisibility sequences arise as sequences of
denominators of the integer multiples of a rational point on an elliptic
curve. Silverman proved that almost every term of such a sequence has a
primitive divisor (i.e. a prime divisor that has not appeared as a
divisor of earlier terms in the sequence). If the elliptic curve has
complex multiplication, then we show how the endomorphism ring can be
used to index a similar sequence and we prove that this sequence also
has primitive divisors. The original proof fails in this context and
will be replaced by an inclusion-exclusion argument and sharper
diophantine estimates.