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Rigorous trivialities is a web log about mathematics, but especially geometry, broadly construed. Contributors will be Charles Siegel, Jim Stankewicz and occasionally Matt Deland. Charles specializes in algebraic geometry, topology and mathematical physics. Jim specializes in arithmetic algebraic geometry. Matt has transitioned from algebraic geometry to work in industry.

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# Category Archives: Curves

## Understanding Integration III: Jacobians

Now, we’re going to talk a bit about the geometry of the periods, which were completely analytic in nature. As we mentioned, for a compact Riemann surface , we have a period matrix that encodes the complex integration theory on … Continue reading

## Understanding Integration II: 1-Forms and Periods

Last time, we discussed integration theory of functions along paths on Riemann surfaces, and then we decided that we wanted to talk about compact Riemann surfaces. Unfortunately, there aren’t any holomorphic functions on them, and meromorphic functions are the wrong … Continue reading

## Understanding Integration I: Riemann Surfaces

I’m back! And now, posting from Kavli IPMU in Japan. Now, I’m going to start a series on theta functions, Jacobians, Pryms, and abelian varieties more generally, hopefully with some applications, with my goal being at least one post a … Continue reading

## Prym Varieties

Let be an unramified double cover, where is geneus . Then has genus by the Riemann-Hurwitz formula. Now, encodes lots of information about the geometry of , especially with the additional data of the theta divisor. It turns out that … Continue reading

## Low Genus Moduli of Curves

Pretty much everything in this post is in Mumford’s “Curves and their Jacobians,” but I do a couple of things slightly differently, and I intend to supply a bit more detail in some places. The goal here is to construct … Continue reading

## A short post on bitangents

Today’s post will be, as the title says, a bit short. It will, more-or-less finish our current discussion of theta characteristics, and then we’ll get back to something else. But we’ll derive a nice case of a classical formula.

## Theta Characteristics and Quadrics in Characteristic Two

Last time we defined theta characteristics as square roots of the canonical bundle. Today, we’re going to analyze the notion a bit, and relate them to quadrics in characteristic two.