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Stable reduction of curves and tame ramification

by Halle, Lars Halvard

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This thesis treats various aspects of stable reduction of curves, and consists of two separate papers. In Paper I of this thesis, we study stable reduction of curves in the case where a tamely ramified base extension is sufficient. If X is a smooth curve defined over the fraction field of a strictly henselian discrete valuation ring, there is a criterion, due to T. Saito, that describes precisely, in terms of the geometry of the minimal model with strict normal crossings of X, when a tamely ramified extension suffices in order for X to obtain stable reduction. For such curves we construct an explicit extension that realizes the stable reduction, and we furthermore show that this extension is minimal. We also obtain a new proof of Saito’s criterion, avoiding the use of ?-adic cohomology and vanishing cycles. In Paper II, we study group actions on regular models of curves. If X is a smooth curve defined over the fraction field K of a complete discrete valuation ring R, every tamely ramified field extension K?/K with Galois group G induces a G-action on the extension XK? of X to K?. We study the extension of this G-action to certain regular models of XK?. In particular, we are interested in the induced action on the cohomology groups of the structure sheaf of the special fiber of such a regular model. We obtain a formula for the Brauer trace of the endomorphism induced by a group element on the alternating sum of the cohomology groups. Inspired by this global study, we also consider similar group actions on the cohomology of the structure sheaf of the exceptional locus of a tame cyclic quotient singularity, and obtain an explicit polynomial formula for the Brauer trace of the endomorphism induced by a group element on the alternating sum of the cohomology groups. We apply these results to study a natural filtration of the special fiber of the Néron model of the Jacobian of X by closed, unipotent subgroup schemes. We show that the jumps in this filtration only depend on the fiber type of the special fiber of the minimal regular model with strict normal crossings for X over Spec(R), and in particular are independent of the residue characteristic. Furthermore, we obtain information about where these jumps can occur. We also compute the actual jumps for each of the finitely many possible fiber types for curves of genus 1 and 2.
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School:Kungliga Tekniska högskolan

School Location:Sweden

Source Type:Doctoral Dissertation

Keywords:MATHEMATICS

ISBN:978-91-7178-764-4

Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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