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Let $A$ be an abelian variety over a $p$-adic field $K_v$, i.e., $K_v$ is a finite field extension of $\mathbb Q_p$, for $p$ a prime number. Denote by $k_v$ the residue field of $K_v$ and let $\mathcal{A}_v^{0}(k_v)$ be the smooth part of the $k_v$-rational points of the modulo $v$ reduced variety $A$, i.e., the $k_v$-rational points of the connected component of the identity section of the special fiber at $v$ of the Néron model $\mathcal{A}/\mathcal{O}_K$ of $A$. Denote by $A_0(K_v)$ the preimage of the reduction-mod-$v$-map on $\mathcal{A}_v^{0}(k_v)$ and by $A_1(K_v)$ the kernel, hence we have the short exact sequence $$0 \rightarrow A_1(K_v) \rightarrow A_0(K_v) \rightarrow \mathcal{A}_v^{0}(k_v) \rightarrow 0.$$ Why is $A_1(K_v)$ a pro-$p$ group?

(Is there a standard reference for this fact?)

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Sorry, I have assumed in my answer that $A_0(K_v)$ is pro-p itself, don't ask me why, perhaps because it's compact? It was mentioned that this is not true. I have deleted my answer, since it was useless and because then your question gets more attention again. Best, Marc –  plusepsilon.de Apr 16 '12 at 20:57
Because it is the evaluation of the formal group of $A$ at the maximal ideal of $K_v$. (You should take the Neron model of $A$ over $O_v$ to be able to talk about "reduction" properly.) –  Chris Wuthrich Apr 16 '12 at 22:25
A. Mattuck, Abelian varieties over p-adic ground fields. Annals of Mathematics 62 (1955) 92–119. –  Felipe Voloch Apr 17 '12 at 1:36
@Marc: Thanks for the try. @Chris: Thank you for your comment. I meant the Néron model and added a sentence of explanation. Also I will state the answer using this property. @Felipe: Thanks for the reference, but I am very sorry, I couldn't find the answer of my question in it. –  Stefan Keil Apr 19 '12 at 12:39
Really? It's right there in italics on the first page. It reduces to the additive group of the integers of the field, where the result is clear. –  Felipe Voloch Apr 19 '12 at 14:15
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The kernel of reduction $A_1(K_v)$ is isomorphic to the group $\hat A(\mathfrak{m}_v)$ associated to the formal group $\hat A$ of $A$ defined over the valuation ring $\mathcal O_v$ of $K_v$ with maximal ideal $\mathfrak m_v$. By standard properties of formal groups, the multiplication-by-$m$-endomorphism on $\hat A(\mathfrak m_v)$ is an isomorphism, if $m$ is coprime to the characteristic of the residue field, i.e., to $p$. (See for example Silverman, AEC, IV. Prop. 2.3) It is an easy excercise to check that any profinite group, such that for all primes $\ell \neq p$ the multiplication-by-$\ell$-map is an isomorphism, is a pro-$p$ group. Hence $A_1(K_v)$ is.

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