Department of Mathematics


  •  Olivier Martin, Stony Brook University
  •  Rational maps from products of curves
  •  10/20/2021
  •  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  Online (virtual meeting)
  •  Francois Greer (

I will present recent joint work with N. Chen about dominant rational maps from products of curves to surfaces with p_g=q=0. The gonality of an algebraic curve C is the minimal degree of a non-constant morphism from C to the projective line. Our main result is that under some assumptions the minimal degree of a dominant rational map from a product of two curves to a surface with p_g=q=0 is the product of their gonalities. In particular, a product of hyperelliptic curves of general type does not admit dominant rational maps of degree less than 4 to P^2. I will finish by presenting open problems and some strategies to attack them.



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