In mathematics, particularly in algebraic geometry, complex analysis and number theory, an abelian variety is a projective algebraic variety that is also an algebraic group, i.e., has a group law that can be defined by regular functions. (Def: http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abelian_variety)

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Does anyone know of any good sources on the algebraic theory of abelian varieties?

I have a copy of Mumford's book, but as a final year undergraduate I am finding it to be a little too dense as a starting text. Something lighter would be appreciated to get an intuition before ...
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Etale subgroup-scheme

Let $A$ and $B$ be two abelian varieties over a field $k$ and let $l$ be a prime number not dividing the caracteristic of $k$. Let $\phi : A \to B \in Hom(A,B)$ be such that $\phi$ is zero on ...
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Weil pairing, cyclotomic field in division field and determinant map for ell curve and abelian variety

Question 1: If $E/K$ is an elliptic curve defined over a number field $K$, then the Weil Pairing gives me that $K(\mu_n) \subseteq K(E[n](\bar{K}))$. If i identify $Gal(K(\mu_n)/K)$ with a subgroup ...
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Ribbons of abelian varieties

Let $X$ be a scheme over $\mathbb C$, such that $A=X_{\textrm{red}}$ is an abelian variety. Suppose the tangent spaces to $X$ are all of dimension $\dim X+1$. Then $X$ is non-reduced everywhere, but I ...
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Linear system which gives $(m,n)$-polarization?

What is the dimension of $H^0(T,\mathcal{L})$, where $T$ is a complex torus of dimension $2$ and $\mathcal{L}$ is a line bundle which gives $T$ a $(m,n)$-polarization?
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the zeros of theta function?

Recall that the theta function with character $(a,b)\in \mathbb{R}^2$ is defined by $$ \vartheta_{a,b}(z, \tau) :=\sum^\infty_{n=-\infty} e^{\pi i (n + a)^{2} \tau + 2 \pi i(n + a)(z + b)},\quad a,b ...
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If $X\times C$ is isomorphic to $Y\times C$, does it follow that $X$ is isomorphic to $Y$

Let $k$ be a field. Let $X$, $Y$ and $C$ be varieties over $k$ such that $X\times_k C $ is isomorphic to $Y\times_k C$. Assume that $C$ is a curve. (The varieties $X$, $Y$ and $C$ are assumed to be ...
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Cohomology of structure sheaf of abelian variety

Let $X$ be an abelian variety over $\mathbb{C}$ of dimension $n$. Consider the structure sheaf $O_X$. It's Euler characteristic is zero, because $\chi(O_X)= (O_X^n)/n!$. And the self intersection of ...
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Does roots of L-polynomial of curve being roots of unity imply the curve is supersingular?

If $C$ is a supersingular curve over $\mathbb F_q$, then $\frac1{\sqrt q}$ of roots of $L$ function are roots of unity. What about converse? If $\frac{1}{\sqrt q}$ of roots of $L$ polynomial are ...
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Where does the terminology “fake/false elliptic curve” come from?

In describing, say, the moduli of Shimura curves, people often refer to "fake" or "false elliptic curves" ("les fausses courbes elliptiques"), which are abelian surfaces whose endomorphism ring is an ...
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Are there invariants of formal group laws other than height?

By a theorem of Lazard, 1-d formal group laws over separably closed fields of char $p$ are classified up to isomorphism by their height. Are there invariants of formal group laws other than height ...
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Triviality of the tangent space of an abelian variety

The tangent bundle of an abelian variety $A/K$ is trivial. Mumford's proof of this fact goes something like this: given the (non-zero) value of a section in a fiber, one can determine the value in all ...
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Is there a construction known for associating a K3 surface to a curve or cover of curves

Let $X$ be a curve of genus at least two. Then one can associate an abelian variety to $X$; this is the Jacobian. Let $X\to Y$ be a double cover of curves. Then we can associate an abelian variety to ...
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Are there generalizations of Prym varieties to higher dimensions

Prym varieties are abelian varieties that are associated to a double cover of algebraic curves. Can we also associate an abelian variety to a double cover of algebraic surfaces in a reasonable way? ...
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Some complex torus is not an abelian variety

Let $e_1,...,e_4\in\mathbb{C}^2$ whose coordinates are all algebraically independent. Let $\Lambda$ be the lattice spanned by these vectors. Why is $\mathbb{C}^2/\Lambda$ not an abelian variety?
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Why is the trace map on an abelian variety continuous

Let $X$ be a (EDIT) variety with a group structure. For $a\in A$, let $t_a$ be the translation on $X$: $t_a(x) = a+x$. Why is the function $f:X\to \mathbf{C}$ given by $$f(a) = \sum_{i} (-1)^i ...
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The bilinearity of the Cassels-Tate pairing

Let $K$ be a number field and let $A$ be an abelian variety over $K$ (I'm mostly interested in the case that $A$ is an elliptic curve). We use $v$ to denote places of $K$ and we write $H^i(k, A)$ for ...
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Asking for some exercises to help me understanding abelian varieties better?

I want to study Mumford's Abelian Varieties in the coming winter break. I tried to study it before, but I didn't find my self really understanding(or memorizing) too much. I guess a better and more ...
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Abelian hypersurfaces

Is there any way to tell from its defining equation when an affine hypersurface has a group law? I am aware that all such groups are matrix groups; in that case I might want to ask when a variety over ...
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Equation of the curve corresponding to a principal polarization

Let $\mathbb{C}^2/\Lambda$ be a principally polarized abelian surface. I think it is well-known how to write down the equation of the divisor (Riemann surface) corresponding to the polarization, in ...
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zeta function of abelian varieties and the exterior algebra

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over a finite field $k$. By Grothendieck, the zeta function of $X$ admits the cohomological expression $$ Z(X, t)=\prod_{j=0}^{2\dim X} \det (1-F t \ | \ ...
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Theta divisor on the jacobian

Given a curve $X$ of genus $g$, and let $\Theta$ be a theta divisor on the associated jacobian $J$. What is the degree of $\Theta$? and does $H^i(J,\Theta)=0$ for $i>0$? is two theta divisor are ...
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Miranda's Exercise on the Jacobian of a complex torus

I have to prove that the Jacobian of a complex torus $X=\mathbb{C}/L$ is isomorphic to $X$ by explicity showing that the subgroups of periods $\Lambda \subset \mathbb{C}$ is a lattice which is ...
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Decomposition of abelian varieties up to isogeny

Let $A_1,A_2,B_1,B_2$ be simple abelian varieties over a number field $k$. Suppose that $A_1\times A_2$ is $k$-isogenous to $B_1\times B_2$. Can we deduce that (up to reordering the factors) $A_1$ is ...
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The characteristic polynomial of Frobenius of an RM curve

Let $C$ be a genus two curve over $\mathbb{Q}$. We can reduce $C$ modulo a prime $p$ to obtain a curve $\bar{C}$ over $\mathbb{F}_p$. By counting points of $\bar{C}$ over $\mathbb{F}_p$ and ...
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Trivial divisor on elliptic curve

Suppose $E$ is an elliptic curve over $k$, and $(E,+)$ is an abelian group(suppose we fix some closed point as identity). Let $[p]$ denote the Weil divisor corresponding to the closed point $p \in ...
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Specifying the real multiplication on a curve

Suppose we have a curve $C$ of genus two over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero with a given Weierstrass point $p_0$, furthermore we assume this curve to have real multiplication by ...
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Theta group representation

Let $(X,L)$ be a polarized abelian variety over $k=\overline{k}$, and let $K(L)$ be the kernel of the isogeny $X\to X^\vee$ that sends $x$ to $t_x^*L\otimes L^{-1}$. The theta group $\mathscr{G}(L)$ ...
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Notation for a canonical quotient of an abelian variety in positive characteristic

This may be a somewhat silly question, but there it goes. Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p>0$ and let $A=A_{/k}$ be an ordinary abelian variety of dimension $g\geq1$. ...
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A Complex Torus is generally simple!

Lets parametrize the set of lattices inside $\mathbb C^g$ with the open dense subset $U= GL_{2g}(\mathbb R)$ of $\mathbb R^{4g^2}$. Show that there exists a coutable family $(Z_n)_{n \in ...
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The induced map $\phi: \mathbb{C}^n \to \mathbb{C}^m$ in the construction of toric varieties

Let $\Sigma(1)$ denote the set of one dimensional cones in a fan $\Sigma$. The corresponding vectors in the lattice are denoted $(v_1, \ldots, v_n)$ and to each $v_i$ we associate a homogeneous ...
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Period matrix of abelian surface

Let's construct a complex torus as $(\mathbb{C}^\times)^2/\mathbb{Z}^2$, where the $\mathbb{Z}^2$-action is generated by $$ (z_1,z_2)\mapsto(az_1,bz_2), \ \ \ (z_1,z_2)\mapsto(cz_1,dz_2). $$ My ...
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Existence of Shafarevich maps(theorem 3.6) on Kollar 's book

I have some problem when reading Theorem 3.6 of Kollar's book Shafarevich Maps and Automorphic Forms, page 41 (Corollary 3.5 of this article ), which states that Let $X$ be a normal variety, ...
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How to see whether a tori is an abelian variety or not?

Given an explicit lattice $\Lambda \cong \mathbb{Z}^{2n}$ in $\mathbb{C}^n$, how can one check whether the complex torus $\mathbb{C}^n/\Lambda$ is a projective or not?
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$X\to \textrm{End}(O_{X,e}/m_{X,e}^r)$ is a morphism

Suppose $X^n$ is a complete group variety over algebaically closed field $k$, then the group law can be shown to be commutative. In proving this, one step is to show $X\to ...
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is it possible to express the moduli of ppav's using torelli loci?

This is a probably vague question from an outsider: It is well known that it is possible to embed "the" moduli space of curves $M_g$ with fixed genus g into the moduli space of principally polarized ...
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Deformation polarized abelian variety

In "$C$ is not algebraically equivalent to $C^{-}$ in its Jacobian" by Ceresa and then in "On the periods of certain rational integrals, II" by Griffiths (which is quoted as a reference in the first ...
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How can I “groupify” an elliptic curve over a non-field?

The book Primes of the form $x^2+ny^2$ by David A. Cox contains the following definitions regarding an elliptic curve (by which he means an equation $y^2=4x^3-g_2x-g_3$ such that ...
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Pushforward of structure sheaf by multiplication map

Let $A$ be an abelian variety (over $\mathbf C$ for simplicity), of dimension $d$. For any integer $n$, denote by $f_n: A \rightarrow A$ the multiplication-by-$n$ map. This is an etale map of ...
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Explicit models for abelian surfaces

Is there a nice descriprion of birational models for abelian surfaces of given polarization degree?
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A curve and its translate are linearly equivalent in a complex torus?

Let $X=\frac{V}{\Lambda}$ be a complex torus of dimension $2$. Suppose $C$ is a curve in $X$. Consider $C+a=C_1$, the curve which is a translate of $C$ by $a\in X$. Are $C$ and $C_1$ linearly ...
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A $(d_1,\ldots,d_l)$-polarization of an abelian variety

I want to understand a $(d_1,\ldots,d_l)$-polarization of an abelian variety $A$ concretely. What does it mean to have such a polarization when $A$ is an elliptic curve? What kind of divisor does it ...
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What are some elementary books which discuss projective lines on surfaces with examples?

I have the books: W. H. Blythe, On models of cubic surfaces (1905) and A. Henderson, The twenty-seven lines upon the cubic surface, and a couple more modern algebraic geometry books including I. R. ...
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What is $H_1(A_\mathbb{C}^{top},\mathbb{Q})$

Let $A$ be an abelian variety defined over a number field. I have seen in a few papers the singular homology $H_1(A_\mathbb{C}^{top},\mathbb{Q})$ being used. I read up on the singular homology but it ...