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Conductors and minimal discriminants of hyperelliptic curves

Padmavathi Srinivasan, Georgia Institute of Technology
Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm
PDL C-401

Conductors and minimal discriminants are two measures of degeneracy of the singular fiber in a family of hyperelliptic curves. In the case of elliptic curves, the Ogg-Saito formula shows that (the negative of) the Artin conductor equals the naive minimal discriminant. In the case of genus two curves, Qing Liu showed that equality no longer holds in general, but the two invariants are related by an inequality. We extend Liu’s inequality to hyperelliptic curves of arbitrary genus assuming that the residue characteristic is large compared to the genus.

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