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Matthew Lam

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Thesis

A Combinatorial Exploration of Elliptic Curves

Advisor
Nicholas J. Pippenger
Second Reader(s)
Michael Orrison

Abstract

At the intersection of algebraic geometry, number theory, and combinatorics, an interesting problem is counting points on an algebraic curve over a finite field. When specialized to the case of elliptic curves, this question leads to a surprising connection with a particular family of graphs. In this document, we present some of the underlying theory and then summarize recent results concerning the aforementioned relationship between elliptic curves and graphs. A few results are additionally further elucidated by theory that was omitted in their original presentation.

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