Computing genus 2 curves from invariants on the Hilbert moduli space

Speaker  Kristin Lauter

Host  Kristin Lauter

Affiliation  Microsoft Research

Duration  01:03:45

Date recorded  21 October 2010

Computing genus 2 curves from invariants on the Hilbert moduli space Joint work with Tonghai Yang (University of Wisconsin USA); he was originally scheduled to present this work. We give a new method for generating genus 2 curves over a finite field with a given number of points on the Jacobian of the curve. We define two new invariants for genus 2 curves as values of modular functions on the Hilbert moduli space and show how to compute them. We relate them to the usual three Igusa invariants on the Siegel moduli space and give an algorithm to construct curves using these new invariants. Our approach simplifies the complex analytic method for computing genus 2 curves for cryptography and reduces the amount of computation required.

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