Questions tagged [arithmetic-geometry]

A subject that lies at the intersection of algebraic geometry and number theory dealing with varieties, the Mordell conjecture, Arakelov theory, and elliptic curves.

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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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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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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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Geometric intuition behind The Mordell Conjecture

The Mordell Conjecture/Faltings Theorem says roughly that if $K$ is an algebraic number field and $X$ is an algebraic curve defined over $K$ of genus $g >1$ then the set of $K$-rational points $X(K)...
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Has SGA 4½ been typeset in TeX?

The title says it all. I've CW'd the question since I'm answering it, as this seemed like the best way to get the news out.
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Why is it “easier” to work with function fields than with algebraic number fields?

I just bought a copy of Jürgen Neukirch's book Algebraic Number Theory. While browsing through it I found a section titled § 14. Function Fields in chapter I. In it the author describes ...
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Intuition for Class Numbers

So I've been thinking about the analytic class number formula lately, and class numbers in general and I'm trying to develop a good intuition for them. My basic question, which may be too general/...
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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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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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Why are period integrals naïve periods?

Apologies for the long question. I recall the definition of a (naïve) period according to Kontsevitch and Zagier [KS]: A (naïve) period is a complex number whose real and imaginary parts are ...
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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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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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Theories of $p$-adic integration

What is the compelling need for introducing a theory of $p$-adic integration? Do the existing theories of $p$-adic integration use some kind of analogues of Lebesgue measures? That is, do we put a ...
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Why é​t​a​l​e​?

Background: The notion of an étale morphism has proved itself to be ubiquitous within the realm of algebraic geometry. Apart from carrying a rich intuitive idea, it is the first ingredient in notions ...
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Why is Hodge more difficult than Tate?

There are strong connections between the Hodge and the Tate conjectures, mainly at the level of similarities and analogies. To quote from an answer of Matthew Emerton on MathOverflow: "[...] we ...
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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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Translation for EGA/SGA

People often recommend Grothendieck's EGA (Elements de Geometrie Algebrique) and SGA (seminaire de geometrie algebrique) as a good reference for learning arithmetic geometry. However, as the title ...
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Some basic examples of étale fundamental groups

I'm trying to get a better understanding of étale 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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2-Torsion Group Scheme

Consider the elliptic curve $zy^2 + z^2y = x^3.$ I would like to explictly compute the 2-torsion group scheme, $E[2],$ over $\mathbf{Spec}(\mathbb{Z}_2),$ but I'm having a tough time writing down the (...
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Importance of determining whether a number is squarefree, using geometry

Despite appearances, this is not a question on computational aspects of number theory. The background is as follows. I once asked a number theorist about what he considered to be the most important ...
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In what senses are archimedean places infinite?

According to Bjorn Poonen's notes here (§2.6), we should add the archimedean places of a number field $K$ to $\operatorname{Spec} \mathscr{O}_K$ in order to get a good analogy with smooth projective ...
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Working with Morphisms in Local Coordinates

In light of the holiday, I would like to air a grievance. I have no good way to recoordinatize a morphism of varieties as I move between coordinate neighborhoods. Let me explain what I mean with ...
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Is a cover Galois if and only if it is geometrically Galois

Let $K$ be a number field and let $\pi:X\to \mathbf{P}^1_K$ be a finite morphism, where $X$ is a smooth projective geometrically connected curve. Is $\pi$ a Galois cover if and only if the base ...
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Primes of ramification index 1 with inseparable residue field extension

I've been reading through Neukirch's Algebraic Number Theory, and I'm a little puzzled about a possibility with ramification of primes. As usual, let $\mathcal{O}_K$ be a Dedekind domain with field ...
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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 $p$-adically interpolate?

I'm studying $p$-adic analysis now and particularly $p$-adic interpolation; for example, constructions like $p$-adic $L$-functions (Kubota-Leopoldt style). I'm having some difficulty though, and I'd ...
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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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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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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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Families of curves over number fields

Is there known a number field $K$ and a curve $F(x, y) \in K(t)[x, y]$ such that $F(x, y)$ does not have points over the field of rational functions $K(t)$ but for all but finitely many positive ...
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Zeta function of algebraic variety over $\mathbb{F}_q$, formula for product of Witt vectors.

Let $X$ be an algebraic variety over $\mathbb{F}_q$. We have the definition of the zeta function of $X$ as follows:$$Z(X, t) = \prod_{x \, = \,\text{Fr}_q\text{-orbit in }X(\overline{\mathbb{F}}_q)}(1 ...
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What is the intuition behind the Fontaine-Mazur Conjecture?

The Fontaine-Mazur conjecture (over $\textbf{Q}$ for simplicity) says that a (continuous irreducible) Galois representation $$ \rho: \text{Gal}(\overline{\textbf{Q}}/\textbf{Q}) \to GL_n(\overline{\...
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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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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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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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Singular points of orders of a number field

Let $K$ be a number field (finite field extension of $\mathbb{Q}$) and let $\mathcal{O}_{K}$ be its ring of integers (integral closure of $\mathbb{Z}$ in $K$). We know that $\mathcal{O}_{K}$ is a free ...
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Which number fields allow higher genus curves with everywhere good reduction

The field of rational numbers is not such a number field. That is, there does not exist a smooth projective morphism $X\to\text{Spec } \mathbf{Z}$ such that the generic fibre is a curve of genus $\...
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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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Clarification about Hasse's Theorem for Elliptic Curve over Finite Fields

In the proof of Hasse's Theorem over finite fields, one considers the Frobenous endomorphism $\phi(x,y) \rightarrow (x^q,y^q) \in E(\bar{F_q})$ and then notes that this endomorphism fixes the elements ...
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What is the operation $\boxtimes$?

Reading papers about $p$-adic analysis and Galois representations, I have found objects like this $D \boxtimes \mathbb{Q}_p$. So my question is what is $\boxtimes$ and how do we read it ?
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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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Cohomology of a group of order two with coefficients in a finite abelian group of odd order

I am looking for an elementary proof that the cohomology groups in the title are trivial in the positive degrees. In more detain, let $G=\{1,s\}$ be a group of order two, and let $A$ be an abelian ...
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How to Compute Genus

How to compute the genus of $ \{X^4+Y^4+Z^4=0\} \cap \{X^3+Y^3+(Z-tW)^3=0\} \subset \mathbb{P}^3$? We know that the genus of $ \{X^4+Y^4+Z^4=0\} \subset \mathbb{P}^3$ is 3 because the degree is 4. ...
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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 it ...
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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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“Spreading out” a smooth, connected $\mathbb{C}$-scheme of finite type.

I have been reading the article "A conjecture in the arithmetic theory of differential equations" of Katz and I have a doubt regarding the "spreading out". My question is about the following paragraph,...
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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 $\mathrm{Pic}^0(...
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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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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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Does every curve over a number field have infinitely many rational functions of fixed degree

Let $X$ be a curve over a number field $K$ of genus $g\geq 2$. Does there exist an integer $d$ such that $X$ has infinitely many rational functions (i.e., finite morphisms $f:X\to \mathbf{P}^1_K$) of ...