Let denote the Dedekind zeta-function of . If is totally real, then is a non-zero rational number, and the Birch–Tate conjecture is about a relationship between and the order of .
Specifically, let be the largest natural number such that the Galois group of the cyclotomic extension over obtained by adjoining the th roots of unity to , is an elementary Abelian -group (cf. -group). Then is a rational integer, and the Birch–Tate conjecture states that if is a totally real number field, then
A numerical example is as follows. For one has , ; so it is predicted by the conjecture that the order of is , which is correct.
What is known for totally real number fields ?
By work on the main conjecture of Iwasawa theory [a6], the Birch–Tate conjecture was confirmed up to -torsion for Abelian extensions of .
Subsequently, [a7], the Birch–Tate conjecture was confirmed up to -torsion for arbitrary totally real number fields .
By the above, all that is left to be considered is the -part of the Birch–Tate conjecture for non-Abelian extensions of . In this regard, for extensions of for which the -primary subgroup of is elementary Abelian, the -part of the Birch–Tate conjecture has been confirmed [a3].
The Birch–Tate conjecture is related to the Lichtenbaum conjectures [a5] for totally real number fields . For every odd natural number , the Lichtenbaum conjectures express, up to -torsion, the ratio of the orders of and in terms of the value of the zeta-function at .
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