66 2. Elliptic curves everywhere locally (Qp, R) but not globally (Q) is the main obstacle for the descent method to fully work. 2.11. Selmer and Sha In Example 2.10.5, we found a type of homogeneous space that made our approach to finding generators of E(Q)/2E(Q) break down. In this section, we study everywhere locally solvable spaces in detail. Let E : y2 = (x e1)(x e2)(x e3) be an elliptic curve with ei Z and e1 + e2 + e3 = 0. Let Γ be defined as in Corollary 2.9.7, i.e.: Γ = {n Z : 0 = n is square-free and if p | n, then p | Δ}/(Z×)2 where Δ = (e1 e2)(e2 e3)(e1 e3). We define H as the following set of homogeneous spaces: H := {C(δ1,δ2) : δ1,δ2 Γ }. Some homogeneous spaces in H have rational points that correspond to rational points on E(Q) see Prop. 2.10.3. Other homogeneous spaces do not have points (e.g. C(1, 2) in Example 2.10.4, or C(−1, 2) in Example 2.10.5). For each elliptic curve, we define two different sets of homogeneous spaces, the Selmer group and the Shafarevich- Tate group, as follows. The Selmer group is Sel2(E/Q) := {C(δ1,δ2) with points over R and Qp for all primes p}. In other words, the Selmer group is the set of all homogeneous spaces that are solvable everywhere locally, i.e., over R and over all fields of p-adic numbers. The group operation on Sel2(E/Q) is defined by C(δ1,δ2) · C(γ1,γ2) = C(δ1γ1,δ2γ2). Notice that, due to Prop. 2.10.3, E(Q)/2E(Q) injects into H via δ and the homogeneous spaces in the image of δ, i.e. δ(E) H, have rational points. Since Q Qp for all primes p 2, the spaces in the image of δ belong to Sel2(E/Q). Hence, Sel2(E/Q) has a subgroup formed by those homogeneous spaces in Sel2(E/Q) that have rational points as well (i.e., over Q), and this subgroup is isomorphic to E(Q)/2E(Q): E(Q)/2E(Q) = {C(δ1,δ2) with points defined over Q}.
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