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A global minimal model for an elliptic curve $$E$$ defined over a number field $$K$$ is a Weierstrass equation for $$E$$ which is integral and is a local minimal model at all primes of $$K$$.

When $K$ has class number $1$ all elliptic curves over $K$ have global minimal models. In general, there is an obstruction to the existence of a global minimal model for each elliptic curve $E$ defined over $K$, which is an ideal class of $K$. In case this class is nontrivial for $E$, there is a semi-global minimal model for $E$, which is minimal at all primes except one, the ideal class of that one prime being the obstruction class.

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• Last edited by John Jones on 2018-06-18 18:29:07
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