A Heron quadrilateral is a cyclic quadrilateral whose area and side lengths are rational. In this work, we establish a correspondence between Heron quadrilaterals and a family of elliptic curves of the form $y^2=x^3+\alpha x^2-n^2 x$. This correspondence generalizes the notions of Goins and Maddox who established a similar connection between Heron triangles and elliptic curves. We further study this family of elliptic curves, looking at their torsion groups and ranks. We also explore their connection with the $\alpha =0$ case of congruent numbers. Congruent numbers are positive integers equal to the area of a right triangle with rational side lengths.
"Heron quadrilaterals via elliptic curves." Rocky Mountain J. Math. 47 (4) 1227 - 1258, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1216/RMJ-2017-47-4-1227