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$Pic$ of the stack of elliptic curves vs. $Pic$ of the coarse space

There's a natural map $f:\overline{\mathcal{M}}_{1,1}\to \overline{M}_{1,1}\cong \mathbb{P}^1$ from the stack of elliptic curves to the coarse space. Both spaces have $Pic=\mathbb{Z}$ hence ...
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1answer
132 views

picard group of moduli of elliptic r-prym curves

Let $\overline{\mathcal{M}}_{1,1}$ be the DM compactification of the moduli stack of elliptic curves. Its Picard group is $\mathbb{Z}$. Let us now consider stack of $r$-prym curves ...
2
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1answer
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Hodge bundle on F-curves

Let $\mathbb{E}\rightarrow\overline{M}_{g,n}$ be the Hodge bundle. Let us cosider an $F$-curve of type $\overline{M}_{1,1}\subseteq\overline{M}_{g,n}$. Is the degree of the restriction of $\mathbb{E}$ ...
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1answer
309 views

examples of “exotic” moduli problems for elliptic curves?

Let $\textbf{Ell}$ be the category of elliptic curves over various base schemes, and where a morphism between $E\rightarrow S$ and $E'\rightarrow S'$ is a cartesian diagram with those two maps as ...
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1answer
295 views

Is there an elliptic surface over $Y(1)$?

Actually I have a few related questions. Here, by $Y(1)$ I mean the affine $j$-line $\text{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z})\backslash\mathcal{H}$. I know $Y(1)$ is only a coarse moduli space, so there isn't a ...
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0answers
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lifts of maps to $\mathcal{M}_{1,1}$

Hi, here's there's a construction about elliptic curves that I do not completely understand. Suppose I consider the two following families of elliptic curves over $\mathbb{C}^*$. The first, which I ...
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2answers
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What does this quotient of the upper half plane parametrize?

Let $G(N)$ be the congruence subgroup $\big\{ \begin{pmatrix} a&b \\ c&d \end{pmatrix} \in SL_2(\mathbb{Z}) \ \ | \ \ a \equiv d \mod N \textrm{ and } b \equiv c\equiv 0 \mod N \big\}$. ...
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6answers
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Does the moduli space of smooth curves of genus g contain an elliptic curve

Let $M_g$ be the moduli space of smooth projective geometrically connected curves over a field $k$ with $g\geq 2$. Note that $M_g$ is not complete. Does $M_g$ contain an elliptic curve? The answer ...
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1answer
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Some help in digesting a paragraph in the introduction of Deligne/Rapoport's “Les Schemas de Modules de Courbes Elliptique”

http://www.springerlink.com/content/04x54gr171v556m4/fulltext.pdf On page 149 (DeRa-7), in the middle of the page, I can translate the middle paragraph that starts "3. La surface de Riemann ..." as ...
5
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1answer
294 views

Modular curve parametrizing two cyclic subgroups of an elliptic curve

The aim of this question is to better understand the following moduli space/modular curve, for which I propose (temporarily) the name $Y_0(M,N)$. We define $Y_0(M,N)$ as the moduli space parametrizing ...
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0answers
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Moduli space of points of fixed order N on elliptic curves

Let us consider the moduli space $Y_1(N)$, parametrizing an elliptic curve, together with a choice of a point of N-torsion on it. Over the complex numbers, it is easy to see that this moduli space is ...
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2answers
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Modular interpretation of an action of the linear group SL_2 on the cohomology of an elliptic curve

Let $E$ be an elliptic curve and $x,y \in H^1(E, \mathbb{Q})$ be a basis for the first rational cohomology group of $E$. There is an action of the linear group $SL_2(\mathbb{Q})$ on ...
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1answer
356 views

Choosing tau for elliptic curves over the rational numbers with prescribed ramification data

Let $r>2$ and let $b_1,b_2,\ldots,b_r$ be in $\mathbf{P}^1(\mathbf{Q})$. Let $B$ be the divisor $$B:= \sum [b_i].$$ We consider this data to be fixed. For $d>1$, we define ...
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2answers
259 views

For which composite $N$ does $X_0(N)$ possess a non-cuspidal rational point?

According the the introduction to Mazur's Rational Isogenies of Prime Degree the following question was open in 1978: Let $N$ be one of the integers 39, 65, 91, 125, or 169. Does the modular ...
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0answers
557 views

Curious propositon in “Les schemas de modules de courbes elliptiques”

Currently I am reading "Les schemas de modules de courbes elliptiques" by Deligne and Rapoport and I got myself seriously confused about the following proposition (in English translation): (II ...
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3answers
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Conceptual understanding of the Gross-Zagier theorem.

The Gross-Zagier paper "Heegner points and derivatives of $L$-series", is really computational and hard to plow through. It seems it is futile to read it as such and one must look for a more ...
4
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2answers
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(nontrivial) isotrivial family of elliptic curves

I think it should be a standard procedure to construct such things, can anyone give a reference or give a hint? Can this be done over any base scheme?
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3answers
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Existence of fine moduli space for curves and elliptic curves

For the moduli problem of a curve of genus $g$ with $n$ marked points, how large an $n$ is needed to ensure the existence of a fine moduli space? For this question, terminology is that of Mumford's ...