Séminaire de Cryptographie

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Gerhard Frey

Bilinear Structures induced by the Lichtenbaum pairing and therole of Brauer groups

Groups of prime order with a bilinear structure are interesting objects for public key cryptography. In the first part of the lecture we shall explain how the pairing on points of the Jacobian variety which is usually called "Tate-pairing" can be got in a p- adic setting by the Lichtenbaum pairing. On the one hand side this setting gives us more freedom for its computation which leads to more efficiency if the genus of the underlying curve is larger than 1.

On the other side it shows that the Brauer groups of local fields arises in a natural way in the world of discrete logarithms based on ideal class groups. This, and the great importance of Brauer groups for number theory, motivates that one should try to investigate them computationally. In the second part of the lecture we shall present index-calculus methods for Brauer groups with applications to the classical discrete logarithm and to the computation of Euler's totient function.