# Tagged Questions

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### Why is the projection map proper?

It might be a silly question. I got stuck there. For the context, see S.K.Donaldson's Riemann Surfaces, chapter 4, section 4.2.3. Suppose $P(z,w)=a_0(z)+a_1(z)w+\dotsb+a_n(z)w^n\in\mathbb C[z,w]$ is ...
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### Existence of finite morphism to projective line

As we all know, Belyi's theorem says: A complex curve $X$ is defined over a number field, if and only if there exists a finite morphism $t:X\to \mathbb{P}^1_\mathbb{C}$ of varieties over $\mathbb{C}$ ...
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### Picard group and jacobian of a singular curve

I found somewhere written that the jacobian of a reducible curve is the product of the jacobians, which seems quite reasonable to me. Where can I find some proof of it and a description of the Picard ...
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### Pushforward of differentials (?) and Abel Jacobi map on principal divisors

Let $X$ be a complete one-dimensional curve over $\Bbb C$ (please add any hypotheses in case I forgot them). Then we have the Abel-Jacobi map $$\mathcal{AJ}: \text{Div}_0 \to \Bbb C^g/ \Lambda$$ ...
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### Dimension of a meromorphic differentials space

What is the dimension $d_{ \large k,n}$ of the space of the degree $k$ meromorphic differentials on the sphere with fixed residues ($\alpha_i$) at $n$ points $z_i$ ? The question is asked in this ...
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### Compact Riemann surfaces are projective varieties.

We know that every compact Riemann surface is a complex compact manifold of dimention one. But why every compact Riemann surface is a projective variety?
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### Equations for double etale covers of the hyperelliptic curve $y^2 = x^5+1$

Let $X$ be the (smooth projective model) of the hyperelliptic curve $y^2=x^5+1$ over $\mathbf C$. Can we "easily" write down equations for all double unramified covers of $X$? Topologically, these ...
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### Why do algebraic varieties contain curves passing through two given points

Let $X$ be an algebraic variety over the complex numbers. My definition of an algebraic variety is a finite type separated $\mathbf C$-scheme. Someone told me that such varieties have the following ...
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### Good source to learn about surface singularities?

I am looking for something that treats singularities on algebraic surfaces and curves over $\mathbb{C}$, starting from the very basics but not stopping there. I checked out Miles Reid his lectures on ...