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Dual abelian varieties over the complex numbers

Posted by Martin Orr on Tuesday, 26 April 2011 at 12:35

In this post I will define dual abelian varieties over the complex numbers. The motivation is that polarisations can be interpreted as isogenies from an abelian variety to its dual. For the moment, all this is tied to Hodge structures so only works over the complex numbers, but this is the view of polarisations which will we will generalise later to other fields.

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Polarisable complex tori are projective

Posted by Martin Orr on Saturday, 26 March 2011 at 16:07

Last time, we defined polarisations on H_1 Hodge structures and saw that if A is a complex abelian variety, then H_1(A) has a polarisation. This time we will prove the converse: if X is a complex torus such that H_1(X) has a polarisation, then X is an abelian variety (in other words, X can be embedded in projective space). The proof is based on studying invertible sheaves on X.

This is long, even though I have left out all the messy calculations. For full details, see Mumford's Abelian Varieties or Birkenhake-Lange's Complex Abelian Varieties. For the next post, you will only need to know the two statements labelled as theorems.

This theorem is a special case of the Kodaira Embedding Theorem, which tells you that any compact complex manifold is projective if it has a polarisation, but that is somewhat more difficult.

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Polarisations on Hodge structures

Posted by Martin Orr on Saturday, 26 February 2011 at 18:27

In the last post, I discussed Hodge symplectic forms. Now I shall show that the H_1 of an abelian variety has a polarisation, which is defined to be a Hodge symplectic form satisfying a positivity condition. The importance of polarisations is that they give a way of recognising which H_1 Hodge structures come from abelian varieties - I shall discuss this application next time.

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Hodge symplectic forms

Posted by Martin Orr on Saturday, 18 December 2010 at 15:00

Both the Hodge structure and the Tate module of an abelian variety come with symplectic forms which are (almost) preserved by the action of the relevant group (Mumford-Tate or Galois group). The form on the Tate module, called the Weil pairing, will require some preparation. So in this post I will construct the Hodge symplectic forms (also called the Riemann forms) on the Hodge structure. Next time I will discuss some further properties of Hodge forms.

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Images of Galois representations

Posted by Martin Orr on Saturday, 27 November 2010 at 16:22

In this post, I will continue to talk about the \ell-adic representations attached to abelian varieties, and in particular the images G_\ell of these representations. I will define algebraic groups approximating G_\ell, which are often more convenient to work with. I will end by stating the Mumford-Tate conjecture, linking G_\ell to the Mumford-Tate group.

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