In this paper we consider questions of the following type. Let k be a base field and K/k be a field extension. Given a geometric object X over a field K (e.g. a smooth curve of genus g), what is the least transcendence degree of a field of definition of X over the base field k? In other words, how many independent parameters are needed to define X? To study these questions we introduce a notion of essential dimension for an algebraic stack. Using the resulting theory, we give a complete answer to the question above when the geometric objects X are smooth, stable or hyperelliptic curves. The appendix, written by Najmuddin Fakhruddin, answers this question in the case of abelian varieties.
|Titolo:||Essential dimension of moduli of curves and other algebraic stacks (with an appendix by Najmuddin Fakhruddin)|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.4171/JEMS|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|