The Mordell-Weil sieve: proving non-existence of rational points on curves. (English) Zbl 1278.11069

Summary: We discuss the Mordell-Weil sieve as a general technique for proving results concerning rational points on a given curve. In the special case of curves of genus 2, we describe quite explicitly how the relevant local information can be obtained if one does not want to restrict to mod p information at primes of good reduction. We describe our implementation of the Mordell-Weil sieve algorithm and discuss its efficiency.


11G30 Curves of arbitrary genus or genus \(\ne 1\) over global fields
11Y50 Computer solution of Diophantine equations
14G05 Rational points


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