Workshop: The Ceresa cycle

Date: 2021-10-21

Time: 15:00 - 16:00

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Arnaud Beauville


Let C be a curve of genus >2, embedded in its Jacobian JC. The cycle [C]-[(-1)*C] is cohomologous to zero in JC; is it algebraically equivalent to zero? The answer is negative for C general (Ceresa, 1983) and for some very particular curves, and positive (trivially) for hyperelliptic curves. I will explain an example, obtained with C. Schoen, of a non-hyperelliptic curve C for which [C]-[(-1)^*C] is torsion modulo algebraic equivalence.