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For a finite etale map $X\rightarrow T$ of degree $d$, and a $U$-point $t\in T(U)$, are there at most $d$ points in $X(U)$ lying over $t$?

If $f : X\rightarrow T$ is a finite etale morphism of connected schemes, and $U$ is another connected scheme and we're given a map $t : U\rightarrow T$, then must it be true that there are at most $d$ ...
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Action of $\mathbb Z_2$

Is there a connection between Artin-Schreier theorem on finite groups which can be absolute Galois groups and the classification of finite groups freely acting on even-dimensional sphere? The former ...
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Atiyah & Macdonald's Introduction to Commutative Algebra, Exercise 8.5

The exercise asks the reader to prove that $X$ is a finite covering (i.e., the number of points of $X$ lying over a given point of $L$ is finite and bounded) of $L$, where the affine varieties $X$ and ...
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what's wrong with this categorical proof that maps between two covering spaces are unique?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be the category of finite covers of a fixed base space $S$ (say, connected, locally path connected, locally simply connected. Hell, we can even assume $S$ is a manifold). Morphisms ...
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Group of covering transformations

The group of automorphisms of a covering $p: E \mapsto X$, to be denoted $Aut(E,p)$, is usually referred to as the group of covering transformations. If $p: E_1 \mapsto E_2$ is an isomorphism of ...
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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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What is a “mere cover”?

Sorry to ask such a basic question, but I'm having a lot of trouble finding a definition of this. I saw this term in Stefan Wewers' thesis and it seemed familiar, but googling "mere cover" doesn't ...
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Degree of morphism of quotient of upper half-plane

Recall that SL$_2(\mathbf R)$ acts on the complex upper half-plane $\mathbf H$. Let $\Gamma$ be a finite index subgroup of SL$_2(\mathbf Z)$. Then there is the quotient $Y_\Gamma = \Gamma \backslash ...
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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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Are there generalizations of Prym varieties to higher dimensions

Prym varieties are abelian varieties that are associated to a double cover of algebraic curves. Can we also associate an abelian variety to a double cover of algebraic surfaces in a reasonable way? ...
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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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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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Are there infinitely many rational functions of bounded degree and given ramification

It is well known that the set of branched covers $X\to \mathbf{P}^1(\mathbf{C})$ of bounded degree and given branch locus is finite (up to isomorphism). Edit. The branch locus $B$ of $f:X\to ...
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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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The universal cover of the multiplicative group over the field of algebraic numbers

Let $X=\mathbf{A}^1_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}}-\{0\} = \mathbf{G}_{m,\overline{\mathbf{Q}}}$ be the multiplicative over the field of algebraic numbers. Each finite etale cover $Y\to X$ (with $Y$ ...
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What are the branch points of $X(n)\to X(1)$

Let $\Gamma \subset \mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbf{Z})$ be a finite index subgroup. Let $X_\Gamma \to X(1)$ be the corresponding morphism of compact connected Riemann surfaces (obtained by adding the cusps). ...
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Can we make topological covers of $\mathbf{P}^1$ minus three points into schemes

Let $k=\overline{\mathbf{Q}}$. Fix a finite closed subset $B\subset \mathbf{P}^1_k$. Let $X$ be a "nice" topological space and suppose that there is a continuous morphism $f:X\to \mathbf{P}^1_k-B$. ...
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Are these two notions of Galois morphism the same

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a finite morphism of integral schemes. Let $G$ be the automorphism group of $X$ over $Y$. Are the following two conditions equivalent? The function field extension $K(Y)\subset ...
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What is the Hurwitz number of an elliptic curve

One can associate a Hurwitz number to any rational function $f:X\to \mathbf{P}^1$ on a compact connected Riemann surface $X$ which ramifies over precisely FOUR points. Suppose that $X$ is an elliptic ...
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What is the length of the following local ring

Let $f:Y\to X$ be a finite etale cover of smooth projective connected varieties. (Or, just a finite degree connected topological cover of connected Riemann surfaces.) Let $y\in Y$ and let $x=f(y)$. ...
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discriminant of an étale cover of an elliptic curve

Let $\pi:X\to E$ be a finite étale morphism, where $E$ is an elliptic curve over a number field $K$. Assume $X$ to be connected, and to be of genus 1. Edit: Assume $X$ and $E$ have semi-stable ...
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Number of ramification points in a simple cover

Let $f:X\to \mathbf{P}^1$ be a simple cover of the Riemann sphere. This means that $f$ is a branched cover, and that each fibre has at least $\deg f-1$ points in it. Is it true that the number of ...