Moments of the Critical Values of Families of Elliptic Curves, with Applications Academic Article uri icon


  • We make conjectures on the moments of the central values of the family of all elliptic curves and on the moments of the first derivative of the central values of a large family of positive rank curves. In both cases the order of magnitude is the same as that of the moments of the central values of an orthogonal family of L-functions. Notably, we predict that the critical values of all rank 1 elliptic curves is logarithmically larger than the rank 1 curves in the positive rank family. Furthermore, as arithmetical applications, we make a conjecture on the distribution of ap's amongst all rank 2 elliptic curves and show how the Riemann hypothesis can be deduced from sufficient knowledge of the first moment of the positive rank family (based on an idea of Iwaniec). © Canadian Mathematical Society 2010.

author list (cited authors)

  • Young, M. P.

citation count

  • 1

publication date

  • October 2010