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On the Galois group of the modular equation

Barry, Catherine Jane (1992) On the Galois group of the modular equation. Masters thesis, Durham University.



This thesis looks at a method of generating infinitely many extensions of the rationals with Galois group PGL(_2)Z(_n)). Firstly, the Galois group of the modular equation over Q(j) is shown to be PGL(_2)(Z(_n) by considering the n-th division points on an elliptic curve. Then, using Hilbert's Irreducibility Theorem and work discussed by Lang, we show that there are infinitely many rational values of such that this Galois group does not reduce in size. Finally, an equation whose roots generate the same extension as the modular equation but which has much smaller coefficients is found, based on work by Cohn.

Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Award:Master of Science
Thesis Date:1992
Copyright:Copyright of this thesis is held by the author
Deposited On:18 Dec 2012 12:00

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