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### Intuition for thinking about $R$-module of Kähler differentials, universal receptacles, derivations?

Suppose $k$ is a field of characteristic zero, and $R$ is a $k$-algebra. The $R$-module of Kähler differentials $\Omega_{R/k}$ of $R$ over $k$ with generators $\{dr\}_{r \in R}$ is the module subject ...

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### Calculate reduction of Jacobian of hyperelliptic curve

Suppose I have a hyperelliptic curve of genus $2$ over $\mathbb Q$. I want to get information about its Jacobian reduction at prime $p$ (especially, in case $p=2$). Also I'm interesting in the group ...

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### Links between Riemann surfaces and algebraic geometry

I'm taking introductory courses in both Riemann surfaces and algebraic geometry this term. I was surprised to hear that any compact Riemann surface is a projective variety. Apparently deeper links ...

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### The work of E. Artin and F. K. Schmidt on (what are now called) the Weil conjectures.

I was reading Dieudonne's "On the history of the Weil conjectures" and found two things that surprised me. Dieudonne makes some assertions about the work of Artin and Schmidt which are no doubt ...

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### Vector bundles on $\mathbb{P}^1\times\mathbb{P}^1$

I have a question about vector bundles on the algebraic surface $\mathbb{P}^1\times\mathbb{P}^1$. My motivation is the splitting theorem of Grothendieck, which says that every algebraic vector bundle ...

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### What does the Jacobian of a curve tell us about the curve?

A natural object in the study of curves is the Jacobian of a curve. What are some natural geometric properties of the curve that the Jacobian encapsulates? In other words, what can the Jacobian tell ...

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### Showing that $2c_1(f_*\mathscr O_X)=-f_*R_f$ on curves, maybe by local fields

I originally asked this question on Mathematic StackExchange, but it did not seem to be attracting any attention, so now I am trying mathoverflow. I hope it is not too simple or unappropriate a ...

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### what is the maximum number of rational points of a curve of genus 2 over the rationals

Conjecturally, there exists an integer $n$ such that the number of rational points of a genus $2$ curve over $\mathbf{Q}$ is at most $n$. (This follows from the Bombieri-Lang conjecture.)
We are ...

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### Kodaira-Spencer map in a concrete instance

Let $\pi:X_{\epsilon} \rightarrow \Delta$ be a family of (say smooth) projective plane curves parametrized by $\Delta:=\operatorname{Spec}(k[\epsilon])$, and let $X=X_0$ be the closed fiber.
Suppose ...

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### Understanding of Tamagawa numbers of hyperelliptic curve

One's can find following definition of tamagawa numbers in Dino Lorenzini paper "Torsion and Tamagawa numbers":
Let $K$ be any discrete valuation field with ring of integers $O_K$ ,
uniformizer ...

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### Maximal number of connected components of complement to an affine plane real algebraic curve

Let $X$ be a (singular, reducible) affine plane real algebraic curve of degree $d$.
How we can estimate maximal number of connected components of it's complement in $R^2$ in terms of degree?

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### “Bad” reduction of Shimura curves via dual graphs

I have the following naive (and inexpert) question about the
reduction of Shimura curves at primes dividing the discriminant
of the underlying quaternion algebra. It requires some background
to ...

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### Soft proof of multiplicity one for character groups of Shimura curves?

Is it not possible to prove mutiplicity one type statements for character groups of quaternionic Shimura curves by simply using Raynaud's description for character groups at primes dividing the ...

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### Can we always find a curve which doesn't have semi-stable reduction

Let $K$ be a number field and let $g$ be a positive integer. Does there exist a smooth projective geometrically connected curve $X/K$ of genus $g$ such that $X$ does not have semi-stable reduction ...

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### Questions on theorem in Deligne-Mumford's '69 Paper: $\omega_C^n$ is very ample $n\geq 3$

I'm working through the details of Deligne and Mumford's 69' paper, "The Irreducibility of the Space of Curves of Given Genus", and I had a few quick questions:
1) On p. 77, they claim that for $x$ a ...

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### The existence of meromorphic functions on Riemann surfaces

In Miranda's book on algebraic curves and Riemann surfaces, Miranda writes:
It is a basic and highly nontrivial
result that a compact Riemann surface
has nonconstant meromorphic functions
on ...

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### Smoothness of Symmetric Powers

Here's something that's been bothering me, and that's come up again for me recently while reading some stuff about Hilbert schemes of points (Nakajima's lectures, specifically):
Let $C$ be an ...

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### spin bundle vs. hodge bundle

Let $\overline{\mathcal{M}}^r_{g,n}$ the space of $n$ pointed $r$-stable curves of genus $g$, endowed with a root of the canonical sheaf, and let $\mathcal{C} \to \overline{\mathcal{M}}^r_{g,n}$ be ...

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### Picard group of a K3 surface generated by a curve

In Lazarsfeld's article "Brill Noether Petri without degenerations" he mentions the fact that for any integer $g \geq 2$, one may find a K3 surface $X$ and a curve $C$ of genus $g$ on $X$ such that ...

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### $C = V(x^3 - xz^2 - y^2z)$, linear equivalence [on hold]

Let $C = V(x^3 - xz^2 - y^2z) \subset \mathbb{P}^2(\mathbb{C})$. Let $p_0 = [0, 1, 0]$, $p_1 = [0, 0, 1]$, $p_2 = [1, 0, 1]$, $p_3 = [-1, 0, 1]$. I have two questions.
Is $2p_0$ linearly equivalent ...

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### The use of embedding a curve into its Jacobian

I'm looking for as many examples/applications as possible of the use of embedding a smooth projective geometrically connected curve $X$ over a number field $k$ with $X(k)\neq \emptyset$ into its ...

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### Is a normal proper relative curve over a DVR projective?

Let $X$ be a connected normal scheme equipped with a proper flat morphism $f\colon X \rightarrow \mathrm{Spec }(R)$ with $R$ a discrete valuation ring and such that the fibers of $f$ are curves (i.e., ...

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### Injectivity under flat base change of the Picard group on smooth projective curves

Let $K$ be a field of characteristic $0$, $X_K$ a smooth projective curve over $K$. Denote by $\bar{K}$ the algebraic closure of $K$. The base change morphism $X_{\bar{K}} \to X_K$, induces via the ...

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### curve through a point avoiding an hypersurface, II

Inspired by this question:
Suppose given an algebraic curve $C \subset \mathbb{A}^2$, and a point $x \in C$. Can you find another (closed) curve $D \subset \mathbb{A}^2$ such that $C \cap D = x$?
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### Hopf lemma for line bundles on curves in algebraic geometry

In the paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/math/0110256v1.pdf Claire Voisin proves that all linear subspaces which lie inside of a (not too big) secant variety of a smooth projective curve must lie inside one ...

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### Reflexive sheaves on stable curves

Let $C$ be a stable curve over an algebraically closed field of positive characteristic and $\mathcal{F}$ be a reflexive sheaf on $C$. Is $\mathcal{F}$ locally free?
EDIT Is the projective dimension ...