Reinier Broker (Microsoft Research)
Explicit complex multiplication theory
Abstract: The theory of complex multiplication links arithmetic geometry with
algebraic number theory. This area of mathematics is rich with algorithms,
and applications range from Hilbert's 12th problem to primality testing and
In the first half of my talk I will explain the basic results from complex
multiplication theory and indicate how to use them for various applications.
During the second half, I will zoom in on the case of degree 4 CM-fields K.
For such fields, the Igusa invariants of suitably chosen abelian surfaces
generate an abelian extension of K. I will explain a new method to explicitly
compute this extension, using the Galois action on the invariants coming from
class field theory. Many examples will be given.