Ankeny–Artin–Chowla congruence

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In number theory, the Ankeny–Artin–Chowla congruence is a result published in 1953 by N. C. Ankeny, Emil Artin and S. Chowla. It concerns the class number h of a real quadratic field of discriminant d > 0. If the fundamental unit of the field is

\varepsilon = \frac{t + u \sqrt{d}}{2}

with integers t and u, it expresses in another form

\frac{ht}{u} \pmod{p}\;

for any prime number p > 2 that divides d. In case p > 3 it states that

-2{mht \over u} \equiv \sum_{0 < k < d} {\chi(k) \over k}\lfloor {k/p} \rfloor \pmod {p}

where m = \frac{d}{p}\;   and  \chi\;  is the Dirichlet character for the quadratic field. For p = 3 there is a factor (1 + m) multiplying the LHS. Here

\lfloor x\rfloor

represents the floor function of x.

A related result is that if d=p is congruent to one mod four, then

{u \over t}h \equiv B_{(p-1)/2} \pmod{ p}

where Bn is the nth Bernoulli number.

There are some generalisations of these basic results, in the papers of the authors.

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