# Questions tagged [divisors]

For questions related to divisors in the sense of algebraic geometry (Cartier divisors, Weil divisors and so on). For question on divisors in the number theoretic sense please use the tag divisors-multiples.

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### dimension of linear system and multiplicity at a point

I recently encountered the following statement which I am unable to prove.
Let $X$ be a smooth projective surface and let $L$ be a line bundle on $X$. For $x\in X$ if $h^0(|L|)\geq\frac{m(m+1)}{2}$ ...

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### Intersection product when one factor is contained in the exceptional divisor

I am trying to calculate some intersection numbers and would appreciate help on the following problem:
Consider two divisors $D_1$ and $D_2$. Blowing up their intersection yields $\varphi^{*}(D_i) = \...

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### Pullback of $\mathbb{R}$-Cartier divisors

I am reading the recent book by Kawamata, Algebraic Varieties: Minimal Models and Finite Generation. There is an English translation here .
In the bottom of page 16 he says that an $\mathbb{R}$-...

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### Adjunction formula for non compact surfaces

Let $M$ be a non compact complex surface and S an embedded compact Riemann surface in $M$.
I already know how to show the following equality of fiber bundle:
$$\Omega^2_{M}|S =\Omega^1_S \otimes N^*_S$...

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### Volume of a divisor on a smooth projective surface

Let $X$ be a smooth projective surface (over complex numbers). Let $D$ be a divisor on $X$. Then we know that its volume is defined as $$\text{vol}_X(D):= \lim \sup_{m \rightarrow \infty} \frac{h^0(X,...

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### Some possible implication of existence of a $g^r_d$ on a smooth plane curve

Let $X$ be a smooth plane curve of degree $d$ and genus $g$ (over complex numbers). For example we can take for the time-being $d=6$ and $g=10$. Let's also assume that there exists a divisor on $X$ ...

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### Determinantal representation of joins

Let $X^n = Z(I_X)\subset\mathbb{P}^N$ be an $n$-dimensional irreducible and non degenerate variety. Consider a linear subspace $H = Z(I_H)\subset\mathbb{P}^N$ of dimension $N-n-2$ disjoint from $X$.
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### Set theoretic equation for Veronese varieties

Consider the embedding $f:\mathbb{P}^n\rightarrow\mathbb{P}^N$ induced by the complete linear system of degree $d$ hypersurfaces of $\mathbb{P}^n$. Its image $V_{n,\,d}$ is degree $d$ Veronese variety ...

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### Computations of divisor class monoids

Let me first recall some definitions from the very first pages of Bourbaki, Commutative Algebra, Chapter 7, "Divisors".
Let $A$ be a (commutative) domain, $K$ its field of fractions. A ...

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### What are conditions such that the polynomial $x^2+1$ divides $p(y)+q(z)+ax+b=F(x,\, y, \,z)$? [closed]

I came across the following problem:
What are conditions such that the polynomial $x^2+1$ divides $p(y)+q(z)+ax+b=F(x,\,y,\,z)$,?
Here $p$ and $q$ are also polynomials and $a$, $b$ are real numbers....

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### Transversally intersecting divisors $C$ and $D$ in a Hartshorne's AG lemma

Question about proof of lemma V.1.3 in Robin Hartshorne's
Algebraic Geometry on page 358.
Let $X$ be surface. That's for us a nonsingular projective
surface over an algebraically closed field $k$ and ...

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### Pencil of divisors in algebraic geometry

Let $X \subset \mathbb{P}^n$ be projective variety over alg closed field of char $0$ and
$C = V(F), D= V(G) \subset X$ two distinct divisors (e.g. two quadrics,
curves or lines lying in a surface,...) ...

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### Picard group of $(SL(n)\times SL(m))$-orbits

Let $\mathbb{P}^N$ be the projective space of $n\times m$ matrices with complex entries modulo scalar. Consider the $(SL(n)\times SL(m))$-action on $\mathbb{P}^N$ given by $((A,B),Z)\mapsto AZB^{T}$. ...

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### Most divisors on a curve aren't special?

I have a generic smooth curve $C$ of genus $g$ and fixed multiplicities $a_1, \dots, a_n \geq 0$ with $\sum a_i = g+1$.
Q1 : For generic marked points $p_1, \dots, p_n \in C$, must $\sum a_i p_i$ be a ...

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### Strict transforms of higher codimension subvarieties

The following question could be posed in a more general context but for simplicity I will stick to a particular case.
Let $X\subset\mathbb{P}^9$ be a smooth variety of degree $d$ and dimension $6$. ...

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### Picard group of $\mathrm{GL}(n)$-orbits

$\DeclareMathOperator\GL{GL}\DeclareMathOperator\Mat{Mat}$Consider the general linear group
$$
\GL(n) = \left\lbrace
\left(\begin{array}{cc}
A & C \\
M & B
\end{array}\right) \text{ with } A\...

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### Picard group of a cubic hypersurface

Consider the following cubic hypersurface in $\mathbb{P}^5$:
$$
X = \{z_0z_3z_5-z_1^2z_5-z_0z_4^2+2z_1z_2z_4-z_2^2z_3 = 0\}\subset\mathbb{P}^5
$$
The singular locus of $X$ is the Veronese surface $V\...

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### subspace of the global sections of $\mathcal O$$(D)$

Let $X$ be a smooth projective surface and $D$ an effective divisor whose complete linear system $|D$ is base point free and $D^2=1$. Suppose the dimension of $|D|$ is greater than or equal to 3. Is ...

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### Divisorial contraction to a non-normal variety

Consider a divisorial contraction $f:X\rightarrow Y$, between projective varieties, contracting an irreducible divisor $D\subset X$ to a subvariety $Z\subset Y$ of codimension at least two, and which ...

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### existence of birational morphism and divisors

The following result was metioned in a lecture: A nonsingular (or smooth) projective surface (variety of dimension 2) has a
birational morphism to the projective plane, if and only if there
exists an ...

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### Is the positive part of the Zariski decomposition of a big $\mathbb{R}$-divisor big?

I can't understand why the positive part of the Zariski decomposition of a big class is itself big. More concretely:
let $X$ be a smooth projective surface over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $N^1_{\mathbb{R}}(X)$...

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### Weak Fano varieties and small transformations

A projective normal and $\mathbb{Q}$-factorial variety $X$ is said to be log Fano if there exists and effective divisor $D$ on $X$ such $-K_X-D$ is ample and the pair $(X,D)$ is klt.
Now, let $f:X\...

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### Push-forward of divisors and intersections

Let $f:X\rightarrow Y$ be a surjective finite morphism of varieties, with $X$ normal and $Y$ smooth. Let $D\subset X$ be a divisor and $C\subset Y$ a curve. Does the equality
$$C\cdot f_{*}D = f^{*}C\...

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### Divisorial contractions and singularities

I have a smooth $6$-fold $X\subset\mathbb{P}^n$ and a divisor $D\subset X$ cut out by a quadratic polynomial. I know that $D$ in singular along a smooth $3$-fold $Y\subset X$, and that if $Z$ is the ...

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### Divisors on the symmetric product of an elliptic curve

Assume that $C$ is an elliptic curve and $C_p$ is the $p$-fold symmetric product. Let $\beta:C_p\to C$ be defined by the addition on the elliptic curve. Let $u\in C$ be the zero in the additive group ...

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### First Chern class and field extensions

Let $X$ be a smooth, complex projective algebraic variety defined over a number field $K$.
Let $D$ be a divisor of $X$ defined over $K$ with the following property:
For any curve $C$ defined over $K$,...

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### Gcd of linear function

$\DeclareMathOperator\gcd{gcd}$Take $q\in \mathbb N$ and $X>0$ ($q$ not necessarily smaller than $X$). A sum such as
$$\sum_{d\leq X}(q,d)$$
is easily seen to be $\ll q^\epsilon (X+q)$ so that the ...

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### branch divisor of this map

We consider the blow up $Bl(\mathbb{P}^2)_p$ of $\mathbb{P}^2$ in $p:=|1:0:0|$ and the following surface:
$Y:=\{(|y_1: y_2:y_3:y_4|, |x_0:x_1:x_2|) \in \mathbb{P}^3\times \mathbb{P}^2: rk(\begin{...

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### Question about Correspondences from Mumford’s Complex Projective Varieties

I study David Mumford's Algebraic Geometry I - Complex Projective Varieties
and have some problems to understand a step in the proof of Lemma 6.7 (b).
Firstly, the general setting & preparations ...

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### Steps of the MMP “in family”

Let $\pi\colon X\to Y$ be a morphism between irreducible varieties with terminal singularities (let us say smooth if you want). I suppose that I have an open subset $U$ of $Y$ over which the fibres ...

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### Pushforward of a very ample line bundle on a curve to $\mathbb{P}^1$

Let $p:C\to\mathbb{P}^1$ be a degree $k$ morphism from a smooth projective curve $C$ to the projective line and $L$ a very ample line bundle on $C$. We know that $p_*\mathcal{O}_C(L)$ is a rank $k$ ...

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### Distinguishing ample divisors by minimally intersecting curves on a smooth projective toric variety

My question has an easily formulated generalization, which I will state first. Let $\sigma \subseteq \mathbf{R}^n$ be a full-dimensional strongly convex polyhedral cone. For each lattice point $m \in \...

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### On relating $l(A), l(B)$ and $l(A+B)$ for Weil divisors on a smooth projective curve where one of the divisors is effective

Let $X$ be a smooth projective curve over an Algebraically closed field $k$. Let $k(X)$ denote its function field.
If $A, B$ are Weil divisors on $X$ such that $A$ is effective (i.e. $A\ge 0$) , then ...

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### Problem regarding existence of a divisor representing line bundle

We consider a normal irreducible variety $X$ and a line bundle $L$. The question is when $L$ is induced by a Cartier divisor $D$. We know that if $s$ is a rational section of $O_X(D)$, where $D$ is a ...

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### The morphisms induced by two Cartier divisors

Let X be a projective variety. We consider two Cartier divisors $D,E$ such that $E\geq D$ and the relative morphisms
$\phi_D: X - - -> \mathbb{P}(H^0(X, O_X(D))^*)$ and $\phi_E: X- - -> \mathbb{...

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### Dimension of a linear system of divisors on singular curve

Consider an singular irreducible plane curve $C \subset \mathbb{P}^2_k$ of degree $d>1$ over algebraically closed field $k$ which is given as vanishing locus $C=V(f(x,y,z))$ of a $f \in k[x,y,z]$ ...

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### Picard group of symplectic group modulo orthogonal group

Let $Sp(2n)$ be the group of complex symplectic $2n\times 2n$ matrices, and $O(2n)$ the group of complex orthogonal $2n\times 2n$ matrices.
Consider $Sp(2n)\cap O(2n)\subset Sp(2n)$ and the quotient $...

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### Lefschetz type theorems for linear sections

Let $X\subset\mathbb{P}^n$ be e normal variety, $L\subset\mathbb{P}^n$ a linear subspace, and $Y = X\cap L$ a linear section. Assume that $Y$ is also normal. In particular, we have that $Sing(X)$ has ...

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### Effective semi-group of a singular abelian surface

Let $A$ be a singular abelian surface over $\mathbb{C}$; that is, an abelian surface of maximal Picard rank $\rho(A)=4$. By Shioda-Mitani we know $A \cong E \times E'$ where $E,E'$ are isogenous ...

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### Polarization of an abelian variety made by the sum of two divisors

Let $X$ be an abelian variety of dimension $n$, and let $L$ be a polarization, that is, an ample line bundle on $X$, with $\chi(L)=3$.
In my specific case, I have that $L=\mathcal{O}_X(\Theta + D)$, ...

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### Picard numbers of isogenous K3 surfaces over a non-closed field

Let $S_1, S_2$ be K3 surfaces defined over a field $k$ and $\phi\!: S_1 \dashrightarrow S_2$ a dominant rational $k$-map (so-called isogeny). It is known that $\rho(S_1) = \rho(S_2)$ for the complex ...

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### Residue of the canonical sheaf along subvariety

Let $S$ be a smooth projective surface over an
algebraically closed field $k$ and $C \subset S$ a singular curve. Let us denote by $K_S$ the class of canonical divisor of $S$ and $\mathcal{O}(K_S)$ ...

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### Degree of a divisor along a subscheme

I'm curious about a computation of Prop2.3 in The gonality conjecture on syzygies of algebraic curves of large degree by Ein and Lazarsfeld. Let $C$ be a smooth projective curve carrying a pencil $\...

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### Linear system on singular plane curve

Let $C \subset \mathbb{P}^2_k$ an irreducible plane curve of degree $d >1$
over algebraically closed field $k$. That is $C=V(f(x,y,z))$ where $f \in k[x,y,z]$ homogeneous of degree $d$. Let $\{...

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### Structure of the big cone and Seshadri constant on Fano manifolds

I would like to know something about the following two questions.
Given $X$ Fano manifold and $L$ an ample line bundle on $X$, we define
\begin{gather}
\sigma(L,x):=\sup\{t>0\, :\, \mu^{*}L-tE \,\,...

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### Isomorphisms of weighted complete intersections

Let $X\subset\mathbb{P}(a_0,\dots,a_n)$ and $Y\subset\mathbb{P}(b_0,\dots,b_n)$ be two weighted complete intersections with mild (say terminal) singularities.
Assume that there is an isomorphism $f:...

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### Terminal $\mathbb{Q}$-factorial divisorial contractions

Let $X$ be a $3$-fold, and $f:Y\rightarrow X$ a birational $\mathbb{Q}$-factorial divisorial terminal contraction (of relative Picard number one) contracting a divisor $E\subset Y$ to a point $p\in X$....

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### Uniqueness of theta divisor

Let $A$ be an abelian variety (at least over $\mathbb{C}$). Suppose we have two theta divisors $\Theta_1$ and $\Theta_2$ on $A$, which give two principal polarizations on $A$.
In general, are those ...

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### Nef divisors on abelian varieties are pullbacks of ample ones

It is well known that for any polarization ( that is, ample line bundle) $L$ on an abelian variety $A$, there is an isogeny $\phi\colon A \to B$ to another abelian variety with a principal ...

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### Boundary divisor of projective toroidal compactification

If $F$ is a totally real number field with $[F:\mathbb{Q}] = d>1$, $X$ is the moduli space of Hilbert-Blumenthal Abelian varieties for $F$, and $\overline{X}$ is the projective toroidal ...