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Let $C$ be an effective Cartier divisor on a smooth projective surface $S$ over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $0$.

Assume that $C$ has a reduced irreducible component $C_1$ (even though $C$ may not be reduced) and assume that $h^1(C, \mathcal{O}_C) =1$.(Edited)

Let $x_1 \in C_1$ be a closed point on the smooth part $C_1^0$ of $C_1$.

Question (1) Is it possible to define $a \colon C_1^0 \rightarrow {\rm Pic}^0 C ; x \mapsto \mathcal{O}_C(x-x_1)$?

(2) If so, is $a$ a non-constant morphism?

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I think your answer is contained in Caporaso, Coelho, Esteves: "Abel maps of Gorenstein curves", arxiv.org/abs/0712.1457 –  Dan Petersen Sep 25 '12 at 17:42
Thank you very much for the reference. It helps. –  tarosano Sep 25 '12 at 21:31
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