# On the maximal order of a torsion point on a curve in $G_{m}$

### Pietro Corvaja

Università di Udine, Italy### Umberto Zannier

Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy

## Abstract

Let $C$ be an irreducible algebraic curve in $G_{m}$; we are concerned with the maximal order $m=m(C)$ of a torsion point on $C$. We suppose that $C$ is defined over a number field $k$, that it is not a translate of an algebraic subgroup by a torsion point, and we denote by $d$ its degree and by $g$ its genus. It is known that $m≪_{k,ϵ}d_{2+ϵ}$ for any $ϵ>0$, which, as shown below, is nearly best-possible if only the degree is taken into account. Here, by means of a new method, we prove an upper bound (actually for curves in $G_{m}$) which implies in particular $m≪_{k,ϵ}(dd+g )_{1+ϵ}$. This gives back the above result and for small $g$ it improves on it. The appearance of the genus seems to be a new feature in this kind of problems.

## Cite this article

Pietro Corvaja, Umberto Zannier, On the maximal order of a torsion point on a curve in $G_{m}$. Atti Accad. Naz. Lincei Cl. Sci. Fis. Mat. Natur. 19 (2008), no. 1, pp. 73–78

DOI 10.4171/RLM/509