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The regulator of an abelian variety $A$ defined over a number field $K,$ denoted $\operatorname{Reg}(A/K)$, is the volume of $A(K)/A(K)_{tor}$ with respect to the height pairing $\langle -,-\rangle$ associated to the canonical height $\hat{h}$, i.e. $\langle P,Q\rangle = \frac{1}{2}(\hat{h}(P+Q)-\hat{h}(P)-\hat{h}(Q))$.

If the Mordell-Weil group $A(K)$ has rank $r$ and $P_1, \ldots, P_r \in E(K)$ generate $A(K)/A(K)_{\text{tors}}$, then \[ \operatorname{Reg}(A/K) = \left|\det (\langle P_i, P_j \rangle )_{1\leq i,j \leq r}\right|, \] which is independent of the choice of generators.

If $A(K)$ has rank $0$, then $\operatorname{Reg}(A/K)=1$. If $A(K)$ has rank $1$, then $\operatorname{Reg}(A/K)$ equals the canonical height $\hat{h}(P)$ of a point $P$ generating $A(K)/A(K)_{\text{tors}}$.

This is a generalisation of the regulator of an elliptic curve.

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  • Last edited by Bjorn Poonen on 2022-03-24 17:22:57
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