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Cyclicity of elliptic curves modulo p and elliptic curve analogues of Linnik’s problem
, 2001
"... 1 Let E be an elliptic curve defined over Q and of conductor N. For a prime p ∤ N, we denote by E the reduction of E modulo p. We obtain an asymptotic formula for the number of primes p ≤ x for which E(Fp) is cyclic, assuming a certain generalized Riemann hypothesis. The error terms that we get are ..."
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1 Let E be an elliptic curve defined over Q and of conductor N. For a prime p ∤ N, we denote by E the reduction of E modulo p. We obtain an asymptotic formula for the number of primes p ≤ x for which E(Fp) is cyclic, assuming a certain generalized Riemann hypothesis. The error terms that we get are substantial improvements of earlier work of J.P. Serre and M. Ram Murty. We also consider the problem of finding the size of the smallest prime p = pE for which the group E(Fp) is cyclic and we show that, under the generalized Riemann hypothesis, pE = O � (log N) 4+ε � if E is without complex multiplication, and pE = O � (log N) 2+ε � if E is with complex multiplication, for any 0 < ε < 1. 1