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Chow motives of quadratic fields

Let us write $CM_k$ for the category of effective Chow motives up to rational equivalence over $k$. Let $k = \mathbb{Q}$. We consider for different primes $p,q$ the Varieties $X = ...
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Question about Qing Liu's Algebraic Geometry book

I was just wondering what the real prerequisites are for reading Qing Liu's 'Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic Curves', and if it is a good first book on the subject. In his preface he states that the ...
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Group law for an elliptic curve using schemes

I was trying to understand better the definition of the group law for an elliptic curve given in Katz and Mazur's book ...
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How does $\text{Gal}(L/K)$ act on the automorphism group of an elliptic curve?

Let $L/K$ be a finite Galois extension of number fields; I'm interested mainly in the case $K = \Bbb{Q}$ and $L= \Bbb{Q}(\sqrt{d})$. Let $X$ be an elliptic curve over $K$ and $\text{Aut}(X_L)$ the ...
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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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why complitcated construction of PD-defferential operator in Berthelot and Ogus's book

In the book " Notes on Crystalline Cohomology" by P. Berthelot and A. Ogus, they introduced the cencept of PD-defferential operators in a complicate way, i.e. using dividied power hull. However if I ...
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How should I think about Ihara's Lemma?

I am trying to learn about Ihara's lemma because I see it mentioned in many papers in arithmetic geometry. To be more precise, I would like to know: What is the significance of this result? Why is ...
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Has SGA 4$\frac 1 2$ been typeset in TeX?

The title says it all. I've CW'd the question since I'm answering it - this seemed like the best way to get the news out.
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Etale cohomology and algebraic closure

$\DeclareMathOperator{\h}{H}$Apologies in advance if this is overly stupid. Let $k$ be a field and $X$ a variety over $k$. Let $n$ be an integer which is invertible in $k$. One often looks at the ...
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Infinite family of genus one non-elliptic curves over the rationals

How easy is it to write down genus one curves over $\mathbf Q$ without a rational point? Can we write down an infinite family?
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Dimension of family of hyperelliptic curves

Suppose we have an elliptic curve E with a point $P$ of order $5$ over a field of characteristic $0$. Denote $E'$ the curve $E/\langle P\rangle$. Now let $x$ (resp. $x'$) be a function on $E$ (resp. ...
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Krull's intersection theorem in the q-expansion principle

I'm currently reading the proof of the q-expansion principle in Katz'73 paper "p-adic properties of modular schemes and modular forms" . The principle itself is a Corollary (1.6.2) of Theorem 1.6.1, ...
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Existence of smooth elliptic curves with complex multiplication

this is my first question ever on a platform like this so please forgive me any kind of unintended misbehaving. In Kudla, Rapoport and Yang "On the derivative of an Eisenstein series of weight one" ...
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Problems on showing that a reduction map is defined, and that a certain scheme is finite.

I am currently on the last chapters in Liu's book and I am trying to solve the following problem, which is the first step in showing that a certian reduction map is well-defined: Let $X \rightarrow T$ ...
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On an openess property

Let $S=Spec(A)$ where $A$ is a noetherian integral domain. Let $f:X\rightarrow S$ be a flat, proper morphism of schemes. Let $U\subset X$ be an open and $V=f(U)$ (in particular $V$ is open by ...
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what is a “dévissage” argument?

In Serre's "Local Fields" (Chapter 2, section 2, proposition 3) he proves something about field extensions which he breaks into parts: first he dealt with the separable case, and then with the ...
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Computing a contraction of an exceptional divisor.

For a few days, I have been working on the following problem, from Qing Liu's book: Let $\mathcal{O_K}$ be a discrete valuation ring with uniformizing parameter t and residue characteristic $\neq ...
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Extend maps between etale groups

Let $V$ be a discrete valuation ring, $S=\operatorname{Spec}(V)$ and $\eta$ (resp. $s$) be the generic (resp. closed) point of $S$. Let $G$ and $H$ be flat group schemes over $S$ and assume I know ...
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étale cohomology of valuation rings

Let $S$ be the spectrum of a discrete valuation ring (we can assume complete or henselian if necessary). Is it true that the étale cohomology group $H_{et}^2(S,\mathbb{Z})$ is zero?If not in general ...
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Completion along zero section of an elliptic curve.

I am trying to understand the intuition that I should have about the formal group of an elliptic curve. Say that I have an elliptic curve $E\to \text{Spec} R$ for some ring $R$, with section $0\colon ...
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What is Spec of the Adeles?

Let $K$ be a global field and $A_K$ the ring of adeles. What are the prime ideals of $A_K$? I have been told that a full proof of this is quite subtle, but have been unable to find a reference ...
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Degree of a Cartier Divisor under pullback

This is question 7.2.3 in Liu's book Algebraic Geometry and Arithmetic Curves and I have been trying with this for some time now. Let $f:X \rightarrow Y$ be a morphism of Noetherian schemes, and ...
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Prop. 3.2.15 in Liu: Geometrically reduced algebraic variety

I have a problem with proposition 3.2.15 of Algebraic geometry and arithmetic curves of Qing Liu: Let $X$ be an integral algebraic variety over $k$. If $X$ is geometrically reduced then $K(X)$ is a ...
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Is the height associated to a degree zero divisor always bounded?

Let $X$ be a smooth, projective, geometrically irreducible curve defined over a number field, and let $D$ a divisor on $X$. To these data, we can associate a height function on the ...
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Pole of differential

Let $E : y^2 = x^3 + ax + b$ be an elliptic curve over the field $K$, char $K \ne 0$. We know that the differential $\omega = \frac{dx}{y}$ is holomorphic in infinity because we can write it as ...
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Varieties with the property that the cotangent bundle restricted to a complete nonsingular curve is free

Let $X$ be a $d$-dimensional smooth projective connected variety with cotangent sheaf $\Omega^1_X$ over $\mathbb C$. Suppose that for any nonsingular complete curve $C$ and non-constant morphism ...
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Intuitively, what is the height of a point on an abelian variety?

I have been reading through Silverman's classic text on elliptic curves and I just can't seem to wrap my head around the height functions. It just kind of shows up. What exactly does the height ...
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Are varieties of Kodaira dimension zero precisely the varieties with torsion canonical sheaf

Let $B$ a smooth projective connected variety over $\mathbf C$. Suppose that $K_B$ is torsion. Then, clearly, the Kodaira dimension of $B$ is zero. Does the converse hold? That is, suppose that $B$ ...
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Are endomorphisms of degree one always automorphisms

Let $B$ be a smooth projective connected variety over $\mathbb C$. Let $\sigma:B\to B$ be an endomorphism of degree one. Do I understand correctly that $\sigma$ is an automorphism? I believe this ...
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Why do varieties with torsion canonical sheaf have finite etale covers with trivial canonical sheaf

Let $B$ be a variety with torsion canonical sheaf, i.e., $\omega^{\otimes n}_B \cong \mathcal O_B$ for some $n>0$. Then, why does there exist a finite (etale?) morphism $X\to B$ such that $K_X$ is ...
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Do K3 surfaces with an Enriques involution have a polarization of bounded degree

Does there exists a real number $C$ with the following property. For any Enriques surface $E$ over a number field $K$ with K3 cover $X\to E$, there exists an ample divisor $H$ on $X$ such that $H^2 ...
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Does this diagram of Chern classes and push forwards commute

Let $p:Y\to X$ be a birational proper surjective morphism of regular surfaces, and let $D$ be a divisor on $Y$ such that $p(D)$ is a point. Then $p_\ast D =0$ by definition. Is there an easy way to ...
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Formula for index of $\Gamma_1(n)$ in SL$_2(\mathbf Z)$

Is there a precise formula for the index of the congruence group $\Gamma_1(n)$ in SL$_2(\mathbf Z)$? I couldn't find it in Diamond and Shurman, and neither could I find an explicit formula with a ...
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Picard group of genus one curve

Is there a known example (or at least moral reason why such a thing should exist) of a genus $1$ curve $C/k$ over a field (assume perfect if you want) with no rational points such that ...
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Varieties with infinitely many topological covers of finite degree

Let $X$ be a smooth projective connected variety over $\mathbf C$ with infinitely many etale covers. If $\dim X =1$, this holds if and only if the genus of $X$ is positive. Do we have a similar ...
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Why should automorphism groups of compact hyperbolic curves be finite

Let $X$ be a compact connected Riemann surface of genus at least two, or let $X$ be a smooth projective connected curve over an algebraically closed field of characateristic zero. Then Hurwitz proved ...
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What are the easiest surfaces of general type

The "easiest type" of curves of general type are those of genus two. In this case $\chi(X,\mathcal O_X) = -1$ and $\deg K = 2$, where $K$ is the canonical sheaf. I'm a bit lost when it comes to ...
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Ramification indices and residue degrees of a finite Galois extension

Let $A$ be a dvr with fraction field $K$ of characteristic zero. Let $L/K$ be a finite Galois extension and let $B$ be the integral closure of $A$ in $L$. For a prime $b$ of $B$, let $e_b$ be its ...
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Definition of tamely ramified

I think I can show that the following definitions of "tamely ramified" coincide. I thought it would be good to be sure. Sorry for the easy questions. Let $O_K$ be a dvr with maximal ideal $\mathfrak ...
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Elliptic curves over Spec Z

I want to show that there are only finitely many elliptic curves over Spec $\mathbf Z$ without appealing to Siegel's theorem or Shafarevich' theorem. Firstly, I think (but I am not sure) that such an ...
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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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Doesn't Abhyankar's lemma contradict faithful flat descent (no, but I'm confused)

Let $O_K$ be a dvr with fraction field $K$. Let $L/K$ be a tamely ramified finite Galois extension. Then, Abhyankar's Lemma implies that there exists a finite Galois extension $K^\prime/K$ such that ...
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glueing formal sheaves to obtain a maximal ideal

consider $S=Spec(\mathbb{C}[t])$ and $C\rightarrow S$ a family of proper curves with $C_{\mathbb{C}[t,t^{-1}]}$ smooth and $C_{t=0}$ nodal given by 2 irreducible components $C_1,C_2$ that intersect ...
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Are there moduli spaces of higher-dimensional varieties

In short, the answer to the question is yes. I'm aware of the existence of moduli spaces for canonically polarized varieties with fixed Hilbert polynomial over $\mathbf C$. I think they require the ...
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Pulling-back a divisor and reducing it

Let $f:C\to B$ be a finite morphism of curves. Let $D$ be a divisor on $B$. Does the equality of divisors $$(f^\ast D)_{red} = f^\ast (D_{red})$$ hold on $C$? (I'm asking for an equality of divisors, ...
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Self-Intersection Number $-2$

I am new here, but hopefully you can help me with a concrete problem I have. I try to compute a Self-Intersection Number of a constructed curve in an analytic surface. I know the answer by some ...
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Where does this elliptic curve come from?

In Zeta functions of an infinite family of K3 surfaces, Scott Alhgren, Ken Ono and David Penniston compute the zeta functions (given a good reduction restriction mentioned below) of the K3 surfaces ...
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Why is the rank of $f_\ast L$ the degree of $f$

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a finite morphism of curves. Let $L$ be a line bundle on $X$. Why is $f_\ast L$ a line bundle and is the degree of $f_\ast L$ equal to $\deg f$ or $\deg f+ \deg L$? Here is my ...
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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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Abelian subvarieties of a principally polarized abelian variety are principally polarized

Let $A$ be a principally polarized abelian variety. Let $X\subset A$ be an abelian subvariety. Is $X$ also principally polarized? Here's what I think should be a proof. Is it correct? We may and do ...