Quadratic class numbers and character sums

Andrew R. Booker
2006 Mathematics of Computation  
We present an algorithm for computing the class number of the quadratic number field of discriminant d. The algorithm terminates unconditionally with the correct answer and, under the GRH, executes in O ε (|d| 1/4+ε ) steps. The technique used combines algebraic methods with Burgess' theorem on character sums to estimate L(1, χ d ). We give an explicit version of Burgess' theorem valid for prime discriminants and, as an application, we compute the class number of a 32-digit discriminant.
doi:10.1090/s0025-5718-06-01850-3 fatcat:7fbayjdlevh3ton22qpoin37uu