# Tagged Questions

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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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### Important topics for arithmetic geometry (esp Arakelov geometry)?

Seeing other past successful 'roadmap' questions, I hope this question is acceptable and not too vague. I know I'd like to eventually study arithmetic algebraic geometry - but I also know that it's a ...
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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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### 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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### 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 ...
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### Are there infinitely many pairs of rational numbers such that…

Are there infinitely many pairs of rational numbers $(a,b)$ such that $a^3+1$ is not a square in $\mathbf{Q}$, $b^3+2$ is not a square in $\mathbf{Q}$ and $b^3+2 = x^2(a^3+1)$ for some $x$ in ...
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### The canonical divisor of the projective line

Let $A$ be a ring. Assume it has some nice properties if necessary, e.g., $A$ is a Dedekind domain. Let $\mathbf{P}^1_A$ be the projective line over $A$. I want to show that $-2 [\infty]$ is a ...
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### Why do number rings have no endomorphisms

This question is about the analogy between number fields and function fields. It's a soft question and the title misrepresents the question. Consider the projective line over a field. This has many ...
Suppose I have a (smooth, projective) variety $X/\mathbb{Q}$. Is the notion of a primes of bad/good reduction well-defined from this data? Motivation and attempt at an answer: The question should be ...