# Questions tagged [ag.algebraic-geometry]

for questions on algebraic geometry, including algebraic varieties, stacks, sheaves, schemes, moduli spaces, complex geometry, quantum cohomology.

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### Is there an example of a variety over the complex numbers with no embedding into a smooth variety?

Is there an example of a variety over the complex numbers with no embedding into a smooth variety?

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### When is fiber dimension upper semi-continuous?

Suppose $f\colon X \to Y $ is a morphism of schemes. We can define a function on the topological space $Y$ by sending $y\in Y$ to the dimension of the fiber of $f$ over $y$.
When is this function ...

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### Ribbon graph decomposition of the moduli space of curves

What is a ribbon graph? What is the ribbon graph decomposition of the moduli space of curves? What are some good references for this material?

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### Resources on Invariant Theory

Hi,
So my question is pretty much summed up by the summary - basically I've run into a need to teach myself some of the basics of invariant theory and was looking for a good place to start. I'd ...

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### How do you see the genus of a curve, just looking at its function field?

Yuhao asked in the 20-questions seminar:
The genus of a curve is a birational invariant; the function field of a curve determines it up to birational equivelance.
How do you see the genus directly ...

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### are deformations of torsion modules always torsion?

Let's say I have a field $\mathbb{K}$ and a flat family of $\mathbb{K}[t]$-modules $M$ over the formal disk $Spec \mathbb{K}[[h]]$.
Now, assume that $M/hM$ is torsion as a $\mathbb{K}[t]$-module (...

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### Can one check formal smoothness using only one-variable Artin rings?

Let $f:X\rightarrow Y$ be a morphism of schemes over a field $k$. Can one check that $f$ is formally smooth using only Artin rings of the form $k^{\prime}\left[t\right]/t^{n}$, where $k^{\prime}$ is ...

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### What is the exact statement of “there are 27 lines on a cubic”?

I think there was a theorem, like
every cubic hypersurface in $\mathbb P^3$ has 27 lines on it.
What is the exact statement and details?

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### Is there an example of a scheme X whose reduction X_red is affine but X is not affine?

For Noetherian schemes this follows from Serre's criterion for affineness by a filtration argument.

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### What is interesting/useful about Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity?

What is interesting/useful about Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity?

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### Can the valuative criteria for separatedness/properness be checked “formally”?

Suppose f:X→Y is a morphism of finite type between locally noetherian schemes. The valuative criterion for separatedness (resp. properness) says roughly that f is a separated (resp. proper) ...

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### Stack with affine stabilizers but not quasi-affine diagonal

Give an example of a stack X with affine stabilizer groups and separated but not quasi-affine diagonal.
Remarks:
1) If X has finite stabilizer groups then the diagonal is quasi-finite and separated, ...

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### Can a coequalizer of schemes fail to be surjective?

Suppose $g,h:Z\to X$ are two morphisms of schemes. Then we say that $f:X\to Y$ is the coequalizer of $g$ and $h$ if the following condition holds: any morphism $t:X\to T$ such that $t\circ g=t\circ h$ ...

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### What is the universal property of normalization?

What is the universal property of normalization? I'm looking for an answer something like
If X is a scheme and Y→X is its
normalization, then the morphism
Y→X has property P and any ...

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### Weil divisors on non Noetherian schemes

Let X be an integral scheme that is separated (say over an affine scheme). Define a Weil divisor as a finite integral combination of height 1 points of X, where the height of a point of X is the ...

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### If $\Omega_{X/Y}$ is locally free of rank $\mathrm{dim}\left(X\right)-\mathrm{dim}\left(Y\right)$, is $X\rightarrow Y$ smooth?

Suppose I have a morphism $f:X\rightarrow Y$ such that the relative sheaf of differentials $\Omega_{X/Y}$ is locally free. Does it follow that $f$ is smooth?
The answer is no, but for a silly reason. ...

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### Non-quasi separated morphisms

What are some examples of morphisms of schemes which are not quasi separated?

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### Are there any criteria for a presheaf which is an etale sheaf to be a sheaf in the fppf topology?

I am happy to hear answers to variants too. For instance, my situation I actually have a sheaf in the smooth topology.

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### Is there an example of an algebraic stack whose closed points have affine stabilizers but whose diagonal is not affine?

Burt Totaro has a result that for a certain class of algebraic stacks, having affine diagonal is equivalent to the stabilizers at closed points begin affine. Is there an example of this equivalence ...

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### Learning about Lie groups

Can someone suggest a good book for teaching myself about Lie groups? I study algebraic geometry and commutative algebra, and I like lots of examples. Thanks.

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### Ignore this question [closed]

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