Date of Submission

Spring 2015

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Project Advisor 1

John Cullinan

Abstract/Artist's Statement

It has recently been shown that a rational specialization of Jacobi polynomials, when reduced modulo a prime number p, has roots which coincide with the supersingular j- invariants of elliptic curves in characteristic p. These supersingular lifts are conjectured to be irreducible with maximal Galois groups. Using the theory of p-adic Newton Polygons, we provide a new infinite class of irreducibility and, assuming a conjecture of Hardy and Littlewood, give strong evidence for their Galois groups being as large as possible.

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