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10.4 Elliptic curves on finite fields

Several fundamental operations on elliptic curves over finite fields are provided as built-in functions.

An elliptic curve is specified by a vector [a b] of length 2, where a, b are elements of finite fields. If the current base field is a prime field, then [a b] represents y^2=x^3+ax+b. If the current base field is a finite field of characteristic 2, then [a b] represents y^2+xy=x^3+ax^2+b.

Points on an elliptic curve together with the point at infinity forms an additive group. The addition, the subtraction and the additive inverse operation are provided as ecm_add_ff(), ecm_sub_ff() and ecm_chsgn_ff() respectively. Here the representation of points are as follows.

[x y z] represents a projective coordinate and it corresponds to [x/z y/z] in the affine coordinate. To apply the above operations to a point [x y], [x y 1] should be used instead as an argument. The result of an operation is also represented by the projective coordinate. As the third coordinate is not always equal to 1, one has to divide the first and the scond coordinate by the third one to obtain the affine coordinate.

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