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Moscow Mathematical Journal

Volume 15, Issue 3, July–September 2015  pp. 425–433.

Lower Bounds on the Number of Rational Points of Jacobians over Finite Fields and Application to Algebraic Function Fields in Towers

Authors:  S. Ballet (1), R. Rolland (1), and S. Tutdere (2)
Author institution:(1) Aix Marseille Université, CNRS, Centrale Marseille, I2M, UMR 7373, 13453 Marseille, France, case 907, 163 Avenue de Luminy, 13288 Marseille Cedex 9
(2) Department of Mathematics, Gebze Institute of Technology, Gebze, Kocaeli, Turkey


We give effective bounds on the class number of any algebraic function field of genus g defined over a finite field. These bounds depend on the possibly partial information on the number of places on each degree rg. Such bounds are especially useful for estimating the class numbers of function fields in towers of function fields over finite fields having several positive Tsfasman–Vlăduţ invariants.

2010 Math. Subj. Class. Primary: 14H05; Secondary: 12E20.

Keywords: Finite field, Jacobian, algebraic function field, class number, tower.

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