algebraic curve



An algebraic curve is an algebraic variety of dimension 11. Typically one restricts considerations to either affine or projective algebraic curves. Most often one treats the plane algebraic curves, i.e. curves with an embedding into A 2\mathbf{A}^2 or P 2\mathbf{P}^2; they are the locus of solutions of a single algebraic equation.

An algebraic curve over a field FF is the locus of solutions of (n1)(n-1)-polynomials in nn-variables of type FF, provided the Krull dimension of the ring is 11.



  • Every projective algebraic curve is birationally equivalent to a plane algebraic curve
  • Mordell conjecture: every algebraic curve of genus g2g\geq 2 defined over rationals has at least one point over rationals
  • To a nonsingular curve CC over the field of complex numbers one associates an abelian variety, namely its Jacobian variety together with the period map or Abel-Jacobi map CJ(C)C\to J(C).

Function field analogy

function field analogy

number fields (“function fields of curves over F1”)function fields of curves over finite fields 𝔽 q\mathbb{F}_q (arithmetic curves)Riemann surfaces/complex curves
affine and projective line
\mathbb{Z} (integers)𝔽 q[t]\mathbb{F}_q[t] (polynomials, function algebra on affine line 𝔸 𝔽 q 1\mathbb{A}^1_{\mathbb{F}_q})𝒪 \mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{C}} (holomorphic functions on complex plane)
\mathbb{Q} (rational numbers)𝔽 q(t)\mathbb{F}_q(t) (rational functions)meromorphic functions on complex plane
pp (prime number/non-archimedean place)x𝔽 px \in \mathbb{F}_pxx \in \mathbb{C}
\infty (place at infinity)\infty
Spec()Spec(\mathbb{Z}) (Spec(Z))𝔸 𝔽 q 1\mathbb{A}^1_{\mathbb{F}_q} (affine line)complex plane
Spec()place Spec(\mathbb{Z}) \cup place_{\infty} 𝔽 q\mathbb{P}_{\mathbb{F}_q} (projective line)Riemann sphere
genus of the rational numbers = 0genus of the Riemann sphere = 0
formal neighbourhoods
p\mathbb{Z}_p (p-adic integers)𝔽 q[[tx]]\mathbb{F}_q[ [ t -x ] ] (power series around xx)[[tx]]\mathbb{C}[ [t-x] ] (holomorphic functions on formal disk around xx)
Spf( p)×Spec()XSpf(\mathbb{Z}_p)\underset{Spec(\mathbb{Z})}{\times} X (“pp-arithmetic jet space” of XX at pp)formal disks in XX
p\mathbb{Q}_p (p-adic numbers)𝔽 q((tx))\mathbb{F}_q((t-x)) (Laurent series around xx)((tx))\mathbb{C}((t-x)) (holomorphic functions on punctured formal disk around xx)
𝔸 = pplace p\mathbb{A}_{\mathbb{Q}} = \underset{p\; place}{\prod^\prime}\mathbb{Q}_p (ring of adeles)𝔸 𝔽 q((t))\mathbb{A}_{\mathbb{F}_q((t))} ( adeles of function field ) x((tx))\underset{x \in \mathbb{C}}{\prod^\prime} \mathbb{C}((t-x)) (restricted product of holomorphic functions on all punctured formal disks, finitely of which do not extend to the unpunctured disks)
𝕀 =GL 1(𝔸 )\mathbb{I}_{\mathbb{Q}} = GL_1(\mathbb{A}_{\mathbb{Q}}) (group of ideles)𝕀 𝔽 q((t))\mathbb{I}_{\mathbb{F}_q((t))} ( ideles of function field ) xGL 1(((tx)))\underset{x \in \mathbb{C}}{\prod^\prime} GL_1(\mathbb{C}((t-x)))
zeta functions
Riemann zeta functionGoss zeta function
branched covering curves
KK a number field (K\mathbb{Q} \hookrightarrow K a possibly ramified finite dimensional field extension)KK a function field of an algebraic curve Σ\Sigma over 𝔽 p\mathbb{F}_pK ΣK_\Sigma (sheaf of rational functions on complex curve Σ\Sigma)
𝒪 K\mathcal{O}_K (ring of integers)𝒪 Σ\mathcal{O}_{\Sigma} (structure sheaf)
Spec an(𝒪 K)Spec()Spec_{an}(\mathcal{O}_K) \to Spec(\mathbb{Z}) (spectrum with archimedean places)Σ\Sigma (arithmetic curve)ΣP 1\Sigma \to \mathbb{C}P^1 (complex curve being branched cover of Riemann sphere)
genus of a number fieldgenus of an algebraic curvegenus of a surface
formal neighbourhoods
vv prime ideal in ring of integers 𝒪 K\mathcal{O}_KxΣx \in \SigmaxΣx \in \Sigma
K vK_v (formal completion at vv)((t x))\mathbb{C}((t_x)) (function algebra on punctured formal disk around xx)
𝒪 K v\mathcal{O}_{K_v} (ring of integers of formal completion)[[t x]]\mathbb{C}[ [ t_x ] ] (function algebra on formal disk around xx)
𝔸 K\mathbb{A}_K (ring of adeles) xΣ ((t x))\prod^\prime_{x\in \Sigma} \mathbb{C}((t_x)) (restricted product of function rings on all punctured formal disks around all points in Σ\Sigma)
𝒪\mathcal{O} xΣ[[t x]]\prod_{x\in \Sigma} \mathbb{C}[ [t_x] ] (function ring on all formal disks around all points in Σ\Sigma)
𝕀 K=GL 1(𝔸 K)\mathbb{I}_K = GL_1(\mathbb{A}_K) (group of ideles) xΣ GL 1(((t x)))\prod^\prime_{x\in \Sigma} GL_1(\mathbb{C}((t_x)))
Galois and class field theory
Galois groupπ 1(Σ)\pi_1(\Sigma) fundamental group
Galois representationflat connection (“local system”) on Σ\Sigma
automorphy and bundles
GL 1(K)\GL 1(𝔸 K)GL_1(K)\backslash GL_1(\mathbb{A}_K) (idele class group)
GL 1(K)\GL 1(𝔸 K)/GL 1(𝕆)GL_1(K)\backslash GL_1(\mathbb{A}_K)/GL_1(\mathbb{O})Cech cocycles mod coboundaries for holomorphic line bundles with respect to cover by formal disks = moduli stack of line bundles Bun GL 1(Σ)Bun_{GL_1}(\Sigma)
GL n(K)\GL n(𝔸 K)//GL n(𝒪)GL_n(K) \backslash GL_n(\mathbb{A}_K)//GL_n(\mathcal{O}) (constant sheaves on this stack form unramified automorphic representations)Bun GL n()(Σ)Bun_{GL_n(\mathbb{C})}(\Sigma) (moduli stack of bundles on the curve Σ\Sigma)
number field Langlands correspondencefunction field Langlands correspondencegeometric Langlands correspondence
Tamawa-Weil for number fieldsTamagawa-Weil for function fields
zeta functions
Dedekind zeta functionWeil zeta functionzeta function of a Riemann surface


Related nnLab entries include moduli space of curves, stable curve?, Jacobian variety, Mordell conjecture, Riemann surface, elliptic curve, Bezout's theorem

Revised on July 17, 2014 12:00:54 by Urs Schreiber (