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Some basic examples of étale fundamental groups

I'm trying to get a better understanding of ├ętale fundamental groups, and I think that the overall idea -- the big picture -- is beginning to become clear, but my computational ability seems to be ...
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1answer
75 views

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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1answer
157 views

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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0answers
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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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1answer
142 views

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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1answer
57 views

If the reduction is smooth and projective, can I conclude the same about the scheme

Let $X$ be a $R$-scheme, where $R$ is a dvr. Suppose that the reduction of $X$ (over the closed point of $\mathrm{Spec} \ R$) is smooth and projective. Does this imply that $X$ is smooth and ...
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1answer
74 views

Twists of rational points

Let $X$ be a "nice" algebraic curve over some field $K$, say characteristic zero. The twists of $X$, i.e., the curves $Y$ over $K$ such that $X_{\overline K} \cong Y_{\overline K}$, are in bijection ...
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1answer
109 views

Can a non-proper variety contain a proper curve

Let $f:X\to S$ be a finite type, separated but non-proper morphism of schemes. Can there be a projective curve $g:C\to S$ and a closed immersion $C\to X$ over $S$? Just to be clear: A projective ...
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1answer
182 views

Is the Fermat scheme $x^p+y^p=z^p$ always normal

Let $K$ be a number field with ring of integers $O_K$. Is the closed subscheme $X$ of $\mathbf{P}^2_{O_K}$ given by the homogeneous equation $x^p+y^p=z^p$ normal? I know that this is true if ...
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1answer
134 views

Does the absolute Galois group act on the moduli space of curves

Do elements of the absolute Galois group $G=\mathrm{Gal}(\overline{\mathbf{Q}}/\mathbf{Q})$ of $\mathbf{Q}$ induce automorphisms of $\mathbf{C}$ if we extend the morphisms trivially to the rest of ...
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can singular points become nonsingular after a base change

Let $X$ be a normal surface over a field $k$. Assume that $X$ is singular. Does there exist a field extension $L/k$ (finite or infinite) such that $X_L$ is nonsingular? The answer is no in general. ...
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1answer
274 views

Reduction map from the generic to the special fibre

I have a few basic questions about Liu's [1, Section 10.1.3] description of the reduction map from the closed points of the generic fibre of a proper scheme over a complete DVR to its special fibre. ...