# Weil-Châtelet group

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The group of principal homogeneous spaces (cf. Principal homogeneous space) over an Abelian variety. It was shown by A. Weil [1] and, in one special case, by F. Châtelet, that for an arbitrary Abelian variety $A$ over a field $k$, the set ${ \mathop{\rm WC} } ( A, k)$ of principal homogeneous spaces over $A$, defined over k, has a group structure. The group ${ \mathop{\rm WC} } ( A, k)$ is isomorphic to the first Galois cohomology group $H ^ {1} ( k, A)$. The group ${ \mathop{\rm WC} } ( A, k)$ is always periodic; moreover, if $k = \mathbf Q$, it contains elements of arbitrary orders [4], [5]. According to Lang's theorem, ${ \mathop{\rm WC} } ( A, k) = 0$ if $k$ is a finite field. The index $I = { \mathop{\rm ind} } _ {k} ( D)$, equal to the smallest degree of an extension $K/k$ for which there exists a $K$- rational point $D$, is defined for any element $D \in { \mathop{\rm WC} } ( A, k)$. If ${ \mathop{\rm dim} } A = 1$ and $k$ is an algebraic function field over an algebraically closed field of constants or a local field, $I$ becomes identical with the order of $D$ in the group ${ \mathop{\rm WC} } ( A, k)$[6], [10]. In the general case these numbers are different, but ${ \mathop{\rm ord} } ( D)$ is always a divisor of $I$[7]. The group ${ \mathop{\rm WC} } ( A, k)$ has been computed for local fields $k$( see, for instance, [6], [8], [9]).

If $k$ is a global field, the computation of the group ${ \mathop{\rm WC} } ( A, k)$ is based on the reduction homomorphisms

$$\phi _ {v} : \mathop{\rm WC} ( A, k ) \rightarrow \mathop{\rm WC} ( A, k _ {v} ),$$

where $v$ is an arbitrary valuation of $k$ and $k _ {v}$ is the completion of $k$ with respect to $v$. The kernel ${\mathop{\amalg\kern-0.30em\amalg}} ( A)$ of the homomorphism

$$\phi = \sum \phi _ {v} : \mathop{\rm WC} ( A, k) \rightarrow \sum _ { v } \mathop{\rm WC} ( A, k _ {v} ),$$

known as the Tate–Shafarevich group of the Abelian variety $A$, has been computed only in the case when $k$ is a field of algebraic functions of one variable over an algebraically closed field of constants [5], [8], [11]. The co-kernel of $\phi$ has also been described in this case (up to the $p$- component, where $p$ is the characteristic of $k$). The results of these calculations are used in the theory of elliptic surfaces. If $k$ is an algebraic number field, the structure of the group ${\mathop{\amalg\kern-0.30em\amalg}} ( A)$ has not been studied to any great extent.

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The Tate–Shafarevich group of certain elliptic curves over number fields has been recently computed ([a1], [a2], [a5]). Also, some new results on the $p$- component of the Weil–Châtelet groups have been obtained [a3].
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