Padmavathi Srinivasan, Georgia Institute of Technology

PDL C401
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 OggSaito 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.