# Questions tagged [branched-covers]

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### Pre-images of Seifert surfaces are incompressible?

Consider a knot $K \subset S^3$ and let $M_K$ be the associated double branched cover. The pre-image $S$ of a Seifert surface is a surface without boundary inside $M_K$.
Can $S$ be incompressible? If ...

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### moduli stack of double covers of $\mathbb{P}^1$ with one marked point

I am trying to improve my moderate knowledge of moduli spaces/stacks by examining the moduli stack of stable double covers of $\mathbb{P}^1$ with one marked point.
My idea is to ignore the stack ...

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### Monodromy representation of elementary simple covers

Let $X$, $Y$ be smooth, connected, compact manifolds (for instance, projective varieties) and $f \colon X \longrightarrow Y$ be a finite, branched cover of degree $n$, with branch locus $B \subset Y$. ...

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### Constructing ramified covers with prescribed multiplicities at ramification points

Let $Y$ be a smooth projective curve defined over number field $K$. Let $P_1,\dots ,P_m$ be some $K$-points to which we will associate "multiplicities" $m_i\in\{ 2,3,\dots \}$ for $i=1,\dots ,m$. The ...

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### Cohomology of ramified double cover of $\mathbb P^n$ (reference)

Let $X\rightarrow \mathbb P^n_{\mathbb C}$ be a double cover ramified over a smooth hypersurface $B$ of degre $2d$. In the case of hypersurfaces of $\mathbb P^n$ one can determine the integral ...

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### What is the preimage of a braid in a covering space branched over the braid?

For a knot $K\subset \mathbb{S}^3$, one can construct the covering space branched over that knot by assigning elements of the symmetric group $S_n$ to each arc of the knot. You can find the knot group ...

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### Is the number of ramified coverings of given degree of a curve with prescribed branch divisor finite?

Let Y be a smooth projective curve over C and prescribe a branch divisor B on Y. I want to know if the number of coverings of Y of fixed degree and branched along B is finite. If so, why? Or, where is ...

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### Two ways to look at a double cover of the projective line

Let $f:L\rightarrow \mathbb P^1_{\mathbb C}$ be the line bundle associated to the invertible sheaf $\mathcal O_{\mathbb P^1}(2)$, $\phi=(X_0-X_1)^3X_0\in H^0(\mathbb P^1, \mathcal O_{\mathbb P^1}(4))$ ...

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### Uniformizing variable for branched covering of the Riemann sphere

Suppose I have a function $Q(z)$ of a complex variable $z\in\mathbb P^1$, possessing square root type branch points at the positions $\left\{z_i\right\}_{i=1}^{2M}$. I know that the Riemann surface $\...

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### Smoothness of the branch divisor and ramification on surfaces

Let $f \colon X \longrightarrow Y$ be a finite morphism of degree $n \geq 2$ between smooth compact, complex surfaces.
Let $B \subset Y$ be the branch divisor of $f$ and assume that the ...

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### $S^3$ as cyclic branched cover of itself

In Chapter One of his notes (March 2002) Thurston says:
If $K$ is the trivial knot the cyclic branched covers are $S^3$. It seems intuitively obvious (but it is not known) that this is the only ...

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### Two transfers for ramified or branched covers

Let $\pi: X \rightarrow Y$ be a 2-fold branched cover of complex varieties. I know of (at least) two types of pushforwards associated to this situation:
If I'm not mistaken, there is a pushforward ...

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### Flatness of Weil restriction

Let $X\rightarrow Y$ a ramified double cover of smooth projective curves, and let $$\mathcal G:=Res_{X/Y}(SL_n)$$
be the Weil restriction of the constant group scheme $SL_n$ over $X$.
Question: Is ...

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### Can you functorially “reconstruct” a branched cover of curves from its etale locus?

I'm sure this must be covered somewhere, but all the references I have only treat this in very special cases (mostly when working over fields).
Suppose $f : X\rightarrow S$ is smooth of finite ...

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### Conditions for underlying space of an orbifold $\Bbb T^n/\Gamma$ to be a sphere?

Given a $n$-dimensional torus, is it always possible to find a discrete action to produce an orbifold such that its underlying space is the $n$-dimensional sphere? Or does it only happens for specific ...

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### Definition and sigularity of Ramified covers

Let $X$ be a normal variety over $\mathbb{C}$.
In their book Birational geometry of algebraic varieties, Kollár and Mori define [Definition 2.50 and 2.51] a ramified m-th cyclic cover associate to a ...

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### Kummer Coverings

Let $L_1$, $\cdots$, $L_k$ be homogenous linear forms in three variables $z_0$, $z_1$, $z_2$ defining $k$ lines in $\mathbb{P}_{2}$. Consider the abelian extension $K
((L_2/L_1)^{1/n}, \cdots, (L_k/...

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### Heegaard Floer Homology of double branched cover

The question is the following:
Let $K\subset S^{3}$ be a knot, consider the double branched cover $Y$ of $S^{3}$ over $K$. We know $Y$ has a unique spin structure $\mathfrak{s}$, now the question is: ...

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### Finite morphisms to projective space

Let $X$ be a projective variety of dimension n. Then there exists a finite surjective morphism $X \to \mathbf P^n$. Let $d$ be the minimal degree of such a finite surjective morphism.
Let $d^\prime ...

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### To what extent does the branch locus determine the covering (Chisini's conjecture)?

Suppose that $X$ is a smooth projective surface over $\mathbb C$ and $f\colon X\to\mathbb P^2$ is a finite morphism branched over a curve $S\subset\mathbb P^2$. Assume in addition that all the ...

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### The cyclic branched covers of “simple” knots in $S^3$

Is there a convenient place in the literature where the geometric decompositions of cyclic branched covers of $S^3$ branched over "small" knots is recorded?
By small knots, I'm referring to things ...

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### branch locus of the discriminant map $\overline{\mathcal{H}}_{g',r} \to \overline{\mathcal{M}}_{g,n}$

Let $\overline{\mathcal{M}}_{g,n}$ be the moduli space of pointed, stable, genus $g$ curves. Let $\overline{\mathcal{H}}_{g',r}$ be the hurwitz space of cyclic covers of degree $r$ of genus $g$ curves ...

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### chern classes of push-pulled vector bundles

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a finite cover of smooth algebraic varieties, branched along a divisor $R\subset Y$. Let $E$ be a vector bundle on $Y$. What is the relation between the chern classes of $E$ and the ...

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### Orbifolds vs. branched covers

Forgive me if this is a basic question. I'm just learning about orbifolds, and covering spaces are my happy place for thinking about group actions.
If $M$ is a manifold and $G$ is a group acting ...

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### Confusion about two statements about cohomology of curves with automorphisms

Let $\pi :C\rightarrow \mathbb{P}^{1}$ be a cyclic cover of degree $m$ of $\mathbb{P}^{1}$. So $C$ has an action of $\mathbb{Z}/m\mathbb{Z}$. Let $\xi$ be a primitive $m$-th root of unity. Consider ...

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### How to explicitly see the ramification over infinity

Take the equation $y^{d}=\Pi_{1}^{n}(x-t_{i})^{m_{i}}$ over $\mathbb{C}$. This affine equation gives a cyclic cover of $\mathbb{P}^{1}$. Now it is usually said without explanation that if the sum $\...

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### What prevents a cover to be Galois?

Let $f:X\rightarrow Y$ be a ramified cover of Riemann surfaces or algebraic curves over $\mathbb{C}$. My question is can one in terms of the ramification data of $f$, determine whether the cover is ...

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### Dimension of the space of invariant quadratic differentials in Galois covers

Let $f: X \rightarrow Y $ be a Galois cover of with $X$ and $Y$ algebraic curves over $\mathbb{C}$. I want to compute the dimension of the subspace of $G$-invariants in $H^{0}(X,\omega^{\otimes2})$ (...

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### Classification of fiber-preserving branched covers between Seifert fibered integer homology spheres

Is there an easy classification (and proof) of the possible branched covers between Seifert fibered integer homology spheres which are fiber-preserving and branched over fibers (or at least what the ...

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### regularity of finite flat branched covers

Let $D$ and $S$ be two regular schemes and let $D$ be a divisor of $S$. Let $C \to S$ be a finite flat morphism, branched along $D$. Is $C$ regular as well?

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### Trigonal curves of genus three: can their Galois closure be non-abelian

Let $X$ be a curve of genus three which is not hyperelliptic. Then $X$ is trigonal, i.e., there exists a finite morphism $X \to \mathbf P^1$ of degree $3$.
Let $Y\to X \to \mathbf P^1$ be a Galois ...

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### Question about local description of the branch locus

Let $\pi:Y\to X$ be a dominant, finite morphism of nonsingular varieties over an algebraically closed field $\Bbbk$. Assume furthermore that for all $Q\in Y$, with $P=\pi(Q)$, we have
$$\mathcal O_{Y,...

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### Automorphism of finite groups and Hurwitz spaces

If $G$ is a finite group, embedded as a transitive subgroup of $S_n$ for some $n$, will every automorphism of $G$ extend to an inner automorphism of $S_n$?
I'm trying to connect the language that's ...

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### Do regular noetherian schemes of dimension one only have finitely many etale covers of bounded degree

Let $X$ be a regular noetherian scheme of dimension one. Let $d$ be an integer.
Question. Are there only finitely many finite etale morphisms $Y\to X$ of degree $d$?
I want to exclude finite etale ...

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### Galois group decomposition of non-cyclic covers

If $\pi: C \rightarrow \mathbb{P}^{1}$ is a cyclic cover of $\mathbb{P}^{1}$ with Galois group $\mathbb{Z}/m \mathbb{Z}$ and thus with the (affine) formula
$y^{m}= (x_{1}-a_{1})^{t_{1}}....(x_{n}-a_{...

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### Equations for abelian coverings of $\mathbb{P^{1}}$

Cyclic coverings of $\mathbb{P^{1}}$ have a simple (affine) equation, namely the formula,
$y^{m}= (x_{1}-a_{1})^{t_{1}}....(x_{n}-a_{n})^{t_{n}}$. Is there such a nice equation for abelian non-cyclic ...

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### Every curve is a Hurwitz space in infinitely many ways

Diaz, Donagi and Harbater proved that every curve over $\overline{\mathbf{Q}}$ is a Hurwitz space.
A Hurwitz space is a connected component of the curve $H_n$. The curve $H_n$ is (the ...

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### Is this function field extension a Galois extension ?

Setting and question
Let $X$ be a variety over an algebraically closed field of null characteristic, and let $C$ be a (regular if you want) curve included in $X$.
Consider $X'$ the normalization of $...

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### Number of connected components of the Hurwitz space $H_n^o$ and subgroups of the fundamental group

A cover (of $\mathbf{P}^1_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}}$) is a finite morphism $X\to \mathbf{P}^1_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}}$, where $X$ is a smooth projective connected curve over $\overline{\mathbf{Q}}$. ...

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### Fibre cardinality of an unramified morphism

Let $\varphi: X \to Y$ be a finite, dominant, unramified morphism of varieties over an algebraically closed field. If necessary, we can assume $X$ and $Y$ to be nonsingular. I am trying to prove that
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### degenerating surface II

In degenerating surface, Robert Bryant give us an example of a sequence of minimal immersions which converges (in $C^2$- topology) to $z\mapsto z^{2k+1}$ on the unit disc $\mathbb{D}$. My question is ...

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### Manin-Drinfeld and constructing a finite morphism with two given ramification points

Fix a smooth projective connected curve $X$ over $\overline{\mathbf{Q}}$ of genus $g\geq 1$ and distinct points $x,y \in X$ such that $x-y$ has infinite order in the Jacobian.
Can we always find a ...

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### degenerating surface

Hi,
i have a sequence of immersed disc $u_n: \mathbb{D} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^3$ which converge to a singular cover of the disc: $z^k$ for $k\geq 2$, moreprecisely $u_n \rightarrow z^k$ in $C^2(\...

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### Comparing heights of rational points on curves through covers

Let $a$ be a closed point in $\mathbf{P}^1_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}}$.
Let $Y \cong \mathbf{P}^1_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}} $ and let $\pi:Y\to \mathbf{P}^1_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}}$ be a finite morphism ...

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### Finite, Étale Morphism Of Varieties

I have a, probably very simple, question: My intuition tells me that the following statement should be true, but I couldn't find it anywhere and I wanted to make sure I am not missing something.
Let $...

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### cardinality of the fibre of a constantly branched, finite morphism over the branch locus

Let $\pi:Y\to X$ be a Galois cover, i.e. a finite morphism of nonsingular varieties over an algebraically closed field $\Bbbk$ such that $K(X)\hookrightarrow K(Y)$ is Galois. Let $H\subset X$ be the ...

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### Higher dimensional version of the Hurwitz formula?

In Hartshorne IV.2, notions related to ramification and branching are introduced, but only for curves. The main result is the Hurwitz formula.
Now if you have a finite surjective morphism between ...

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### Curves which are not covers of P^1 with four branch points

The following interesting question came up in a discussion I was having with Alex Wright.
Suppose given a branched cover C -> P^1 with four branch points. It's not hard to see that the field of ...