Curves With Many Symmetries

Joint IAS-PU Number Theory Seminar
Topic:Curves With Many Symmetries
Speaker:Noam Elkies
Affiliation:Harvard University
Date:Thursday, October 6
Time/Room:4:30pm - 5:30pm/Fine Hall -- 214

By a celebrated theorem of Hurwitz, a curve X/C of genus g>1 has at most 84(g-1) points. Curves that attain or come close to this bound, such as the modular curves X(N) , often have a rich structure with diverse connections to and near number theory. We review the relevant basic theorems and give some explicit examples, including recent observations on continuous families of such curves, for which the number of automorphisms is bounded by 12(g-1).