Some genus 3 curves with many points, by Roland Auer and Jaap Top

Using an explicit family of plane quartic curves, we prove the existence of a genus 3 curve over any finite field of characteristic 3 whose number of rational points stays within a fixed distance from the Hasse-Weil-Serre upper bound. We also provide an intrinsic characterization of so-called Legendre elliptic curves.

Roland Auer and Jaap Top <auer@snoopy.usask.ca top@math.rug.nl>