# Questions tagged [characteristic-p]

Fields of characteristic $p$, i.e., fields for which there is a prime $p$ such that $px=0$ for each $x$. Do not use this tag for questions on characteristic polynomials of a matrix.

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### Relative compactification over a curve without resolutions of singularities

Let $Y$ be a smooth proper variety over a field $k$, let $X$ be a smooth variety over $k$, $U\hookrightarrow X$ the complement of a strict normal crossing divisor and $\phi\colon U\to Y$ a map. By ...

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### What are the possibilities of the general fibres in an Iitaka fibration?

This question is motivated by complex algebraic geometry.
If $X$ is a complex algebraic variety with Kodaira dimension in $[1,\dim X-1]$, then the Iitaka fibration (the rational map induced by the ...

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### Boundary divisor of an equivariant compactification of a non-trivial twist of $\mathbb{G}_a^n$

Let $K$ be a non-perfect field of positive characteristic. Then there exist non-trivial forms of $\mathbb{G}_a^n$ which split over finite purely inseparable extensions of $K$, i.e., algebraic groups $...

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### Dimension of a kernel of a cocycle map

Inspired by a previous question (Dimension of a kernel of a linear map) and some of the answers I was given I thought wheter I can generalize the question to the following:
Compute the kernel (or at ...

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### Torsion of Fermat hypersurfaces

An interesting invariant of a rationally chain-connected variety $X/k$ is the exponent of the group,
$$ \ker{(\mathrm{CH}_0(X_K) \xrightarrow{\deg} \mathbb{Z})} $$
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### Obstruction for points to be contained in smooth hypersurfaces in tterms of inseparability degree of residue field

Let $k$ be an imperfect field of char $p>0$ and
$x \in \mathbb{P}^n_k$ be closed point of projective space.
In this discussion Qing Liu wrote that
Over an imperfect field, a reduced point can not ...

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### Points with residue fields having big inseparability degree cannot be contained in smooth hypersurfaces

Let $X$ be a $k$-scheme over imperfect field $k$ and $x \in X $ some (reduced) point with residue field $\kappa(x) = \mathcal{O}_{X,x}/ \mathfrak{m}_x$. How to check that if $\kappa(x)$ has "big ...

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### Resolution of singularities of the resultant locus

We consider projective space of dimension $n$ as the parameter space of degree $n$ polynomials in one variable. Then, I am interested in resolving the singularities of the "resultant locus" $...

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### Conjugacy of cocharacters from conjugacy of labelled diagrams

Everything to follow is over some fixed algebraically closed field $k$. Although all the definitions make sense regardless of characteristic, the meat of the question is about small positive ...

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### Generic finite subgroups, associated to small finite fields, of reductive algebraic groups

Theorem 1 of [LS] Liebeck and Seitz - On the subgroup structure of exceptional groups says:
Let $X = X(q)$ be a quasisimple group of Lie type in characteristic $p$, and suppose that $X < G$, where ...

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### How to compute the character of the Steinberg module for the group $\mathrm{SL}_n$ over a field of characteristic $p$?

It is known that the Steinberg representation $V$ of the group $\mathrm{SL}_n$ over a field $k$ of characteristic $p$ (maybe one needs to assume that $k$ is perfect, I am not sure) is the irreducible ...

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### Isogeny of elliptic curve over positive characteristic $p$ which does not come from characteristic $0$

Let $K$ be quadratic imaginary field. Let $E$ be an elliptic curve which has CM over $R_K$
($R_K$ is ring of integers of $K$).
According to SIlverman's ''ADvanced topics in the arithmetic of elliptic ...

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### How do characters of representations in cohomology depend on the (positive-characteristic) field?

The following sentence appears in Jantzen - Representations of algebraic groups, 2nd edition, p. x, where $G$ is a reductive group over an algebraically closed field $k$, $B$ is a Borel subgroup, $T$ ...

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### When is $R$ a direct summand of Frobenius pushforwards?

Let $(R,\mathfrak m)$ be a reduced Noetherian local ring of prime characteristic $p$. For integer $e>0$, let $F^e_* R$ denote the $R$-module which is $R$ as an abelian group, but the $R$-module ...

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### Compute de Rham-Witt sheaves

I am really new to this, but I am having a hard time understanding all the de Rham-Witt construction.
It seems to be really difficult to compute anything with those beasts: like I cannot find any ...

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### Relation between positive roots of $E_8$ and $\mathbb{F}_2^8 /{0}$

There exists an explicit bijection (due to Cayley, that has built up a very nice table to describe this) between the positive roots of the Lattice $E_7$ and $\mathbb{F}_2^6/{0}$ (where $\mathbb{F}_2$ ...

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### Is the theta characteristic attached to an etale double cover of a plane quintic arising from a cubic threefold even in characteristic two?

We work over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $2$. Let $X$ be a cubic threefold realized as a conic bundle via $f: X \to \mathbb{P}^2$ (after blowing up some line). Let $C \to \...

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### Borel-Weil-Bott theorem for wonderful compactification in characteristic p

Are there any known results for a Borel-Weil-Bott theorem for the wonderful compactifications over characteristic $p$ (i.e., theorems that classify the cohomologies of all line bundles on a wonderful ...

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### de Rham Witt complex vs. de Rham complex of the Witt ring

I am reading the paper "Revisiting the de Rham-Witt complex" by Bhatt-Lurie-Mathew and I am a bit confused about the difference between $W\Omega_R^*$ and $\hat{\Omega}^*_{W(R)}$.
Let $\...

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### What direction does the derivation of an inseparable algebraic variable point in?

I've been thinking about the geometry of inseparable field extensions lately, since I'm studying smoothness in commutative rings in an advanced topics course this semester. I've generally come to the ...

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### Degree-2 étale covers of curves in characteristic 2 vs torsion points on the Jacobian

It can be found, at Hartshorne exercise 4.2.7 for example, that in the case where $\operatorname{char}(k) \neq 2$ we have a nice correspondence between etale degree 2 covers of a curve $C$ and 2-...

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### Finite, normal subgroups of reductive groups in positive characteristic

Consider the following statement about a connected, reductive group $G$ over a field $k$:
Every finite, normal subgroup $N$ of $G$ is central.
In characteristic $0$, this is true, and the proof is ...

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### Frobenius endomorphism is not flat

I am actually going through "Twenty four hours of local cohomology". They discuss the Frobenius endomorphism in Chapter 21. Here is the Exercise 21.6 which I am finding hard to solve:
Find a ...

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### How big are small inverse powers of 2 mod powers of 3?

Let $a \bmod b$ take value as an integer in $[0, b)$. For any $T \ge 1$, for what $R \in [0, 3^n)$ is
$$\min \{2^{-t}\bmod 3^n: t =1, \dotsc, T\} := \min A_T > R?$$
When $T$ is fixed as $n$ ...

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### $S_n$-invariant polynomials on the dual of reflection representation

Let $W=S_n$ (the symmetric group) acting on $V=k^n$ via permutation of the indices, where $k$ is an algebraically closed field. Closely related to this are the reflection (sub-)representation $V_0=\{ (...

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### If the Frobenius endomorphism of a characteristic $p$ ring is epimorphic, is it surjective?

MO question 19282 is about integral epimorphisms of commutative rings, and a counterexample is given to surjectivity. What about the case of the Frobenius endomorphism of a commutative, characteristic ...

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### Can non-geometrically reduced reduced subschemes happen for reductive groups?

The title is meant to be punchy, but also a tongue-in-cheek acknowledgement of the prevalence of ‘reduce’-derived words in this area. (Unfortunately, I overlooked the fact that the question in the ...

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### Lifting $\mathfrak{sl}_2$-triples

Let
$k$ be an algebraically closed field,
$G$ a (smooth, connected) reductive algebraic group over $k$,
$H$ a (smooth, connected) reductive group of semisimple rank 1, and
$T$ a maximal torus in $H$.
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### Do we have Hodge symmetry for char $p$?

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over a field $k$. Let $h^{p,q}=dim_k H^q(X,\Omega_{X/k}^p)$ be the Hodge numbers.
If $k$ is of char $0$, by Lefschetz principle, we always have Hodge symmetry, i....

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### Does perfect fraction field imply perfect residue field?

Let $A$ be a local integral domain of characteristic $p$. Let $K$ be the fraction field and let $k$ be the residue field of $A$. If $K$ is perfect, is $k$ necessarily perfect?
Thoughts:
If $A$ is ...

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### An Azumaya algebra from a vector bundle, and a construction of Belov-Kanel and Kontsevich

Let $S/k$ be a scheme over a perfect field $k$ of characteristic $p>0$.
In Automorphisms of the Weyl Algebra, Belov-Kanel and Kontsevich write down the map
$$\alpha: H^0(\Omega^1_{S/k}/d\mathcal O) ...

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### p-torsion in the Picard group of a regular projective curve

Let $K$ be a field of characteristic $p>0$ and $C$ a regular projective geometrically integral curve over $K$.
If $C$ is smooth, then the connected component ${\rm Pic}^0_C$ of the Picard scheme of ...

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### How to write down an explicit equation of given degree yielding a smooth hypersurface in a projective space?

Let F be a field of positive characteristic $p$ and let $d,n$ be two positive integers.
Can we explicitly write down an equation defining a smooth hypersurface $X_d⊂\mathbb P^n_F$ of degree d ?
This ...

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### Explicit large finite fields in characteristic $2$

Every finite field of characteristic $2$ ist given by $\mathbb{F}_2[x]/P(x)$ for some irreducible polynomial $P\in \mathbb{F}_2[x]$.
For small degree, a simple algorithm gives a way to find $P$. Is ...

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### algebraic de Rham cohomology of toric varieties (reference request)

I haven't been able to find anything workable yet, but I'm looking for a reference on the de Rham cohomology of toric varieties, where as many as possible of the following conditions are handled:
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### Are there characteristic-dependent Betti numbers in characteristic not equal to two?

Let $\Delta$ be a finite simplicial complex on $n$ vertices. Let $S = \mathbb{k}[\mathbf{x}]$ be a polynomial ring over a field $\mathbb{k}$ in $n$ variables and $I$ be the Stanley-Reisner ideal of $\...

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### Do we have $\cap_{P\in S}\left(\mathcal{O}_P+(1-\tau)(K)\right)=\left(\cap_{P\in S}\mathcal{O}_P\right)+(1-\tau)(K)$?

Let $\mathbb{F}$ be a finite field and let $q$ be its number of elements. Let $(C,\mathcal{O}_C)$ be a geometrically irreducible smooth projective curve over $\mathbb{F}$ and let $K=\mathbb{F}(C)$ be ...

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### Is there a proper smooth variety in characteristic $p$ whose Hodge-to-de Rham spectral sequence does not degenerate at $E_1$?

By Deligne-Illusie, such a variety has no lifting to $W_2(k)$. In their paper they state that they do not know if such an example exists. Has this question been answered since then?

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### Weyl algebra as an Azumaya algebra over its centre

Assume that $k$ is an algebraically closed field of positive characteristic $p$. On page 3 (page 6 of the PDF file) of Bezrukavnikov, Mirković, and Rumynin - Localisation of Modules for a semisimple ...

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### Reconstruct a variety from its crystalline topos

Let $k$ be a perfect field of positive characteristic. Let $X$ be a smooth projective geometrically connected $k$-scheme with a $k$-point.
Can we reconstruct $X$ from its small crystalline topos $((X/...

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### Katz's proof of Cartier's (descent) theorem

I am trying to understand the proof of Cartier’s theorem on pages 370-371 (pages 17-18 of the PDF file) of Katz’s “Nilpotent connections and the monodromy theorem: applications of a result of ...

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### Composing equal characteristic and mixed characteristic deformations

Suppose $k$ is an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p>0$ and $A$ is a $k$-point on a moduli space of certain objects over $k$. Suppose, moreover, that $A$ deforms to a $k[[t]]$-point $B$...

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### Frobenius splitting for an excellent, non $F$-finite, $F$-pure hypersurface

Let $p$ be an odd prime. Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $p$ such that $[k:k^p]=\infty$ (i.e. $k$ is not $F$-finite ) .
Also assume that $-1$ is not a square in $k$ . Consider the homogeneous ...

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### Extensions of fraction field and residue field

Let $A \subset B$ be integrally closed local domains, $K(A), K(B)$ be fields of fractions, and $k(A),k(B)$ be residue fields. How to prove $[K(B):K(A)] \ge [k(B):k(A)]$?
This question should be easy ...

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### Lifting a Frobenius endomorphism under an étale morphism

Let $X$ be a smooth affine scheme over $\mathbb{Z}/{p^2}$ that is a complete intersection, say $X$ is the spectrum of $\mathbb{Z}/{p^2}[x_1,...x_n]/(f_1, ... f_r)$, where $n-r$ is the dimension of $X$....

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### Do Neron-Severi groups of smooth projective unirational varieties contain $\ell$-torsion?

Let $X$ be a smooth projective unirational variety over an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p>0$, and $\ell\neq p$ a prime. My question: can the Neron-Severi group of $X$ contain (non-...

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### A variant on characteristic $p$ de Rham cohomology

I was thinking about de Rham cohomology in characteristic $p$, and in particular the recent question about Poincare residues, and I came up with the following construction.
Let $k$ be a perfect field ...

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### Do regular (but non-smooth) conics over a discretely valued field of characteristic $2$ admit a regular model over the valuation ring?

Let $K$ be a non-perfect field of characteristic $2$. Let $T \subseteq K$ be a discrete valuation ring.
Assume there exist $a,b \in K^{\times}$ such that the projective conic $C$ defined by $$aX^2 + ...

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### Singularities of curves that are moving

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, let $d\ge 2$ be an integer and let $f,g\in k[x,y,z]$ be two homogeneous polynomials of degree $d$ without common factor.
We want to know what are the ...

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### Exact differential forms in characteristic $p>0$

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p>0$. Suppose $1< e_i <p$ for $i=1,2, \ldots, n$ are integers ($n \ge 2$). What are the conditions on the $e_i$'s so that the ...