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On lower bounds for the Ihara constants $A(2)$ and $A(3)$

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  03 May 2013

Iwan Duursma
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Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 273 Altgeld Hall, MC-382, 1409 W. Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA email duursma@math.uiuc.edu
Kit-Ho Mak
Affiliation:
Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 273 Altgeld Hall, MC-382, 1409 W. Green Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801, USA email mak4@illinois.edu
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Abstract

Let $ \mathcal{X} $ be a curve over ${ \mathbb{F} }_{q} $ and let $N( \mathcal{X} )$, $g( \mathcal{X} )$ be its number of rational points and genus respectively. The Ihara constant $A(q)$ is defined by $A(q)= {\mathrm{lim~sup} }_{g( \mathcal{X} )\rightarrow \infty } N( \mathcal{X} )/ g( \mathcal{X} )$. In this paper, we employ a variant of Serre’s class field tower method to obtain an improvement of the best known lower bounds on $A(2)$ and $A(3)$.

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