Doctoral Dissertations

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



Major Professor

Luis Finotti

Committee Members

Shashikant Mulay, Marie Jameson, Michael Berry


Given an ordinary elliptic curve $E/k:y_{0}^{2}=x_{0}^{3}+a_{0}x_{0}+b_{0}$ with characteristic $p \geq 5$, the canonical lifting $\mathbf{E}$ over the ring of Witt vectors is given by $\mathbf{E}/W(k): y^{2}=x^{3}+ax+b$, where $a = (a_0, A_1, A_2, \ldots)$ and $b = (b_0, B_1, B_2, \ldots)$ are functions of $a_0$ and $b_0$. Finotti has proved that these functions $A_i$ and $B_i$ can be taken to be rational functions on $a_0$ and $b_0$ and raised questions about their denominators. In this dissertation we will find all the possible factors of the denominators, and give an upper bound for each factor, in the case when these functions are obtained from formulas for the $j$-invariant of the canonical lifting. We will also find an isomorphic canonical lifting that is universal up to the second coordinates. In addition, we will show some computations done with Magma.

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