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If $E/\mathbf Q$ is an elliptic curve and $n$ is odd, then the $n$-torsion $E(\mathbf Q)[n]$ is cyclic; elementary proof?

I know that this follows from the existence and non-degeneracy of the Weil pairing. A consequence of the existence of the Weil pairing is that, if the whole $n$-torsion is defined over $\mathbf Q$, ...
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The resemblance between Mordell's theorem and Dirichlet's unit theorem

The first one states that if $E/\mathbf Q$ is an elliptic curve, then $E(\mathbf Q)$ is a finitely generated abelian group. If $K/\mathbf Q$ is a number field, Dirichlet's theorem says (among other ...
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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 ...
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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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Learning path to the proof of the Weil Conjectures and étale topology

Assume you are an algebraic geometry advanced student who has mastered Hartshorne's book supplemented on the arithmetic side by the introduction of Lorenzini - "An Invitation to Arithmetic Geometry" ...
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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 ...
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Do K3-surfaces have Weierstrass equations

I've been wondering a bit about K3-surfaces and their analogy to elliptic curves. I've just started so this might be a very silly question. Do all K3-surfaces have a Weierstrass equation (up to ...
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Primes of good reduction for varieties

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 ...
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Factorizing rational functions of curves

Let $f:X\to \mathbf{P}^1$ be a rational function of degree $d\geq 2$ on a curve $X$. Let $n\geq 2$ be a divisor of $d$. Does there exist a curve $Y$ with a rational function $g:Y\to \mathbf{P}^1$ of ...
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Does de Franchis' theorem hold over any base field

Let $k$ be a field and let $X$ be a hyperbolic curve over $k$. Then, there are only finitely many hyperbolic curves $Y$ over $k$ dominated by $X$. I know this statement holds over $k=\mathbf{C}$. In ...
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Representing a curve as a plane curve in different ways

Let $X$ be a (smooth projective geometrically connected) curve over $k$, where $k$ is a field of characteristic zero. We assume $X$ has genus at least $2$. I know that $X$ has a plane model. More ...
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The number of curves of given genus over a field

Let $k$ be a field. Let $g\geq 0$ be an integer. I have an elementary question. Let $N$ be the "number" of $k$-isomorphism classes of smooth projective geometrically connected curves over $k$ of ...
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the elliptic curves with j-invariant zero

Let $B\in K^\ast$, where $K$ is a number field. Let $y^2=X^3+B$ be the Weierstrass equation for an elliptic curve $E_B$ over $K$. Note that the $j$-invariant of $E$ is zero. When is $E_B$ ...
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How can function fields have different degrees over the projective line

I'm confused. Let $X$ be a curve over a field $k$. Let $K= K(X)$ be its function field. Then, $K(X)$ is a field. Each non-constant morphism $f:X\to \mathbf{P}^1_k$ gives a field extension ...
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writing down the minimal discriminant of an elliptic curve

Let $j$ be an integer. Does there exist an elliptic curve $E_j$ over $\mathbf{Q}$ with $j$-invariant equal to $j$ whose minimal discriminant we can write down in a practical way? For example, can ...
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Conditions for a curve to be defined over a subfield

I have just finished reading Hartshorne, Chapter 1, Section 6 and have some questions about curves defined over a subfield of an algebraically closed field. For simplicity, let $k$ be a perfect field, ...
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CAS for counting points of varieties over finite fields

I am looking for a computer algebra system, which is able to some of the following (in theory equivalent) things for a smooth projective variety defined over a finite field: -Count the number of ...
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Who are considered to be masters of arithmetic geometry?

After reading this question I was wondering who are considered to be masters of arithmetic geometry and where can I find the papers which initiated the field arithmetic geometry.
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Tate conjecture for Fermat varieties

I've been looking at Tate's Algebraic Cycles and Poles of Zeta Functions (hard to find online... Google books outline here) and have a question about his work on (conjecturing!) the Tate conjecture ...
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Can we descend field extensions of prime degree of number fields to number fields of the same degree

Let $K$ be a number field and let $p$ be a prime number. Let $L$ be a degree $p$ field extension of $K$. Does there exist a degree $p$ field extension $M$ of $\mathbf{Q}$ such that ...
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How do I write down a curve with exactly one rational point

Let $g\geq 1$. I would like to write down (for all $g$) a smooth projective geometrically connected curve $X$ over $\mathbf{Q}$ of genus $g$ with precisely one rational point. Is this possible? For ...
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Genus of curves embedded into some projective space

The Plucker formula allows one to calculate the genus of a curve embedded into $\mathbf{P}^2$. Does there exist a "higher-dimensional" analogue of the Plucker formula? More precisely, let ...
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Rational points on singular curves and their normalization

Let $X$ be a curve over a field $k$. Assume that $X$ is geometrically connected, geometrically reduced and stable. Let $Y\to X$ be the normalization. Is $Y(k) = X(k)$?
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genus of normalization of stable curve

Let $X$ be a stable curve of genus $g$ over the field $k$, i.e., a $k$-rational point of the Deligne-Mumford stack $M_g$. What is the genus of the normalization of $X$? Does it depend on the number ...
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Why are these curves not defined over a smaller field

Let $K$ be a number field and let $\pi$ be an element in $K$. Assume that $\pi$ is not contained in a subfield of $K$. Consider the curve $y^2 = x^{2g+1}+\pi$. This defines (after homogenization and ...
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When is this quotient by an action on the product of a variety with itself non-singular

Let $X$ be a smooth projective geometrically connected variety over a field $k$. Let the cyclic group $G=\{e,a\}$ with two elements act on $X \times X$ via $a\cdot (x_1,x_2) = (x_2,x_1)$. When is ...
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Smallest genus example of a non planar curve

A curve is a smooth projective connected curve over an algebraically closed field. Every curve of genus 2 is planar. Also, every curve of genus 3 is planar. But what about curves of genus 4? What ...
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trivial Picard group

let $S=\operatorname{Spec}(A)$ be an affine scheme. For which ring $A$, not field is it known that $H^1(S,\mathcal{O}_S^{*})$ is trivial? If $X\to S$ is a finite map and $H^1(S,\mathcal{O}_S^{*})$ is ...
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What is an intuitive meaning of genus?

I read from the Finnish version of the book "Fermat's last theorem, Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem", written by Amir D. Aczel, that genus describes how many handles there are ...
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Important papers in arithmetic geometry and number theory

Having been inspired by this question I was wondering, what are some important papers in arithmetic geometry and number theory that should be read by students interested in these fields? There is a ...
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automorphisms of varieties with respect to a cover

Let $X$ and $Y$ be (smooth projective connected) varieties over $\mathbf{C}$. Let $\pi:X\to Y$ be a finite surjective flat morphism. Does this induce (by base change) a map $\mathrm{Aut}(Y) \to ...
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invert Grothendieck spectral sequence

I have 4 topoi $A,B,C,D$ (these are associated to abelian sheaves on some sites) and functors (which corresponds to some push-forward of sheaves) $F: A\rightarrow B$ $G: B \rightarrow C $ $H: A ...
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A question about modular curves and base change

Let $X$ be a smooth projective geometrically connected curve over a number field $K$. Suppose that the curve $X\times_{K,\sigma} \mathbf{C}$ is a modular curve for some $\sigma:K\to \mathbf{C}$. Can ...