SFU Number Theory and Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Nils Bruin

  • Date: 09/28/2023
  • Time: 15:30
Nils Bruin, Simon Fraser University

Simon Fraser University


Jacobians of genus 4 curves that are (2,2)-decomposable


Decomposable abelian varieties, and particularly decomposable Jacobians, have a long history; mainly in the form of formulas to compute hyperelliptic integrals in terms of elliptic ones.


The first case where one can have a decomposable Jacobian without elliptic factors is for genus 4: one could have one that is isogenous to the product of two genus 2 Jacobians. Interestingly, though, not all four-dimensional abelian varieties (not even the principally polarized ones) are Jacobians. Classifying which genus 2 Jacobians can be glued together to yield a Jacobian of a genus 4 curve leads to some very interesting geometry on the Castelnuovo-Richmond-Igusa quartic threefold. We will introduce the requisite geometry and sketch some interesting results that follow.


This is joint work with Avinash Kulkarni.


There will be an informal pre-seminar for graduate students at 3pm.

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Time: 3.30pm Pacific 

Location: K9509 & Online. Register for link