Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero (feel free to assume $k= \mathbb{C}$) and $E$ an elliptic curve over $k$ with identity $P \in E(k)$.

I am interested in certain morphisms from $E$ to $LG(3,6)$, the Lagrangian Grassmannian of $3$-dimensional Lagrangian subspaces of a $6$-dimensional symplectic vector space over $k$, namely those morphisms $E \rightarrow LG(3,6)$ such that the pullback of $\mathcal{O}(1)$ on $LG(3,6)$ (coming from the Plücker embedding) to $E$ along this morphism is isomorphic to $\mathcal{O}_E(6P)$.

More concretely, I am interested in rank $3$ vector bundles $V$ on $E$ with the following two properties:

  1. There exists a surjection $\mathcal{O}_E^{\oplus 6} \twoheadrightarrow V$ whose kernel is a Lagrangian subvectorbundle of $\mathcal{O}_E^{\oplus 6}$ (where we put the standard symplectic form on $\mathcal{O}_E^{\oplus 6}$).
  2. We have an isomorphism $\text{det}\, V \simeq \mathcal{O}_E(6P)$.

An example of such a $V$ is given by $\mathcal{O}_E(2A)\oplus \mathcal{O}_E(2B) \oplus \mathcal{O}_E(2C)$ where $A,B,C \in E(k)$ sum to zero, i.e. the divisor $A+B+C$ is linearly equivalent to $3P$.

Question: Is every $V$ of this form?

I believe that if $V$ is a direct sum of line bundles then it must necessarily be of the form described above. So we could equivalently ask: is every $V$ satisfying the above two conditions a direct sum of line bundles?

The variety $LG(3,6)$ is a homogenous space for the algebraic group $Sp_6$, but I haven't been able to find results in the literature which treat this specific case.

Thanks in advance!

  • $\begingroup$ Reversing the problem (since you are using a Mukai--style construction), you may ask for the existence of an homogeneous bundle $F$ on $SG(3,6)$ of rank 5 and $c_1(F)=4$. The only non--degenerate example I can come up with is $F= \bigwedge^2 R^{\vee} \oplus \mathcal{O}(1) \oplus \mathcal{O}(1)$, where $R$ is the rank 3-tautological. This corresponds to an elliptic curve as double (multi)-linear section of $(\mathbb{P}^1)^3$. Otherwise you can use $R^{\vee}$ (or $Q$) as a bundle, but then the embedding is degenerate in $SG(3,6)$, and you should embed $E$ directly in a 3-dimensional quadric. $\endgroup$
    – Enrico
    Mar 26, 2020 at 13:46
  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain why the problem you pose is related to the one given here, and what $SG(3,6)$ stands for? I'm not really familiar to Mukai-style constructions. $\endgroup$
    – Jef
    Mar 27, 2020 at 9:29
  • $\begingroup$ The Lagrangian Grassmannian $LG(k, 2k)$ is a special case of the symplectic Grassmannian $SG(k,n)$ (basically I typed the comment in a hurry using the notation I am most used to, sorry). $\endgroup$
    – Enrico
    Mar 27, 2020 at 11:24
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    $\begingroup$ By Mukai-style I mean the vector bundle method (see for example section 3 of library.msri.org/books/Book28/files/mukai.pdf or section 5 of "Algebraic Geometry V"). Finding a rank 3 bundle with 6 sections on $E$ gives you a morphism to $Gr(3,6)$. Then your original $E$ can be recovered by taking zero locus of an appropriate number of sections of $\bigwedge^i R^{\vee}$. Note that $LG(3,6)$ is itself the zero locus of $\bigwedge^2 R^{\vee}$ on $Gr(3,6)$. $\endgroup$
    – Enrico
    Mar 27, 2020 at 11:32

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I think your guess is correct and one can proceed as follows (some details are missing though). Let $V$ be a six dimensional symplectic vector space and $F$ be a rank three-vector bundle on $E$ wiht an exact sequence $$ 0 \longrightarrow G \longrightarrow V \otimes \mathcal{O}_E \longrightarrow F \longrightarrow 0,$$ where $G$ is a Lagrangian subbundle of $V \otimes \mathcal{O}_E$.

Assume furthermore that $\det(F) = \det(G^*) = \mathcal{O}_{E}(6P)$.

Let $W \subset V$ be a generic Lagrangian subspace and consider the map:

$$ \phi : G \longrightarrow V/W \otimes \mathcal{O}_{E}.$$

The genericity of $W$ implies that it is generically on E an ismorphism. Furthermore, $\phi$ is (globally) injective as $G$ is torsion free. We denote by $Z \subset E$ the subscheme corresponding to the degeneracy locus of $\phi$. Since $\det(G^*) = \mathcal{O}_{E}(6P)$, we have the linear equivalence $Z \sim 6P$.

We have an exact sequence:

$$ 0 \longrightarrow G \longrightarrow V/W \otimes \mathcal{O}_E \longrightarrow \mathcal{F} \longrightarrow 0,$$ where $\mathcal{F}$ is scheme theoretically supported on $Z$.

The vector space $W \subset V$ is generic and $E$ is a curve, so that the corank of $\phi$ is exactly $1$ on $Z$. As a consequence $\mathcal{F}|_{Z}$ is a line bundle on $Z$.

Let $Z_{red} = \{P_1, \ldots, P_l\}$ with the $P_i$ distincts. We write:

$$ \mathcal{F} = \bigoplus_{i=1}^{l} \mathcal{F}_i,$$

where $ \mathcal{F}_i$ is the restriction of $\mathcal{F}$ to the connected components of $Z$ corresponding to $P_i$.

For any subbundle $F$ of $V \otimes \mathcal{O}_E$ whose quotient is a vector bundle, we denote by $F^{\perp} = (V/F)^*$.

We have han exact sequence: $$ 0 \longrightarrow G^{\perp} \longrightarrow V^*/(W^{\perp}) \otimes \mathcal{O}_E \longrightarrow \mathcal{H} \longrightarrow 0,$$ where $\mathcal{H}$ is scheme theoretically supported on a subscheme of $E$ linearly equivalent to $6P$.

We similarly split $\mathcal{H}$ as $\bigoplus_{i=1}^q \mathcal{H}_i$, where the $\mathcal{H}_i$ correspond to the various connected component of the support of $\mathcal{H}$.

The bundles $G$ and $W \otimes \mathcal{O}_E$ being Lagrangian, the skew-symmetric form $\sigma : V \longrightarrow V^*$ induces isomorphisms:

$$ \sigma_{G} \ : \ G \stackrel{\sim}\longrightarrow G^{\perp} \ \textrm{and} \ \sigma_{V/W} \ : \ V/W \stackrel{\sim}\longrightarrow V^*/(W^{\perp})$$ which are compatible with the maps:

$$ G \longrightarrow V/W \ \textrm{and} \ G^{\perp} \longrightarrow V^*/(W^{\perp}).$$

We deduce that $\mathcal{H}$ and $\mathcal{F}$ are equal and that up to a reordering of the we have $\mathcal{H}_i = \mathcal{F}_i$, for all $i$.

For all $i \in \{1, \ldots, l\}$, the skew symmetric isomorphism $\sigma$ induces a skew-symmetric isomorphism:

$$\sigma_i : \mathcal{F}_i \stackrel{\sim}\longrightarrow \mathcal{F}_i,$$ which lifts to a skew-symmetric isomorphism:

$$h^0(\sigma_i) \ : \ H^0(E,\mathcal{F}_i) \stackrel{\sim}\longrightarrow H^0(E, \mathcal{F}_i).$$

The skew-symmetry of the isomorphism $h^0(\sigma_i)$ forces the dimension of the vector spaces $H^0(E,\mathcal{F}_i)$ to be even. As a consequence, of the Riemman-Roch formula on $E$, the multiplicity of $P_i$ as a connected component of $Z$ must always be even.

The generic situation (that is when $E \longrightarrow LG(3,6)$ is a generic point in a component of $Hom(E, LG(3,6))$ should correspond to the case:

$Z_{red} = \{A,B,C\}$ with $A,B,C$ distincts and $Z = \{2A,2B,2C\}$ as a subscheme of $E$.

Now I would like to deduce from this that we have a map:

$$ \mathcal{O}_E(-2A) \oplus \mathcal{O}_E(-2B) \oplus \mathcal{O}_E(-2C) \longrightarrow G$$ which is generically an isomorphism (I have a vague idea why this should be true, but I don't have a precise argument to offer, perhaps someone else will find).

If we have such a map which is generically an isomorphism, then it must be an isomorphism, owing to the relation $\det(G) = \det(\mathcal{O}_E(-2A) \oplus \mathcal{O}_E(-2B) \oplus \mathcal{O}_E(-2C))$.

We conclude that $F \simeq \mathcal{O}_E(2A) \oplus \mathcal{O}_E(2B) \oplus \mathcal{O}_E(2C)$ as $G^* \simeq F$.


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