Algebraic Geometry

Daniele Agostini (Email)

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Riemann Surfaces and Algebraic Curves

  • Lecturer: Daniele Agostini, Rainer Sinn
  • Date: Wednesday 15:15 - 16:45 (lectures), Wednesday 11:00 - 12:30 (exercise sessions)
  • Room: The course will take place on Zoom. Please send an email to Daniele Agostini for the link.
  • Keywords: Riemann surfaces, algebraic curves
  • Prerequisites: abstract algebra and familiarity with differential or algebraic geometry
  • Remarks: A lecture log, some notes and the exercise sheets will appear on the group page.


The course will be a first introduction to Riemann surfaces and algebraic curves. These are beautiful objects which sit at the intersection of algebra, geometry and analysis. Indeed, on one side these are complex manifolds of dimension one, and on the other they are varieties defined as a zero locus of polynomial equations. Furthermore, they are ubiquitous throughout mathematics, from diophantine equations in number theory to water waves in mathematical physics and Teichmüller theory in dynamical systems.

We will aim to cover the theorems of Riemann-Hurwitz and Riemann-Roch, meromorphic functions and their zeroes and poles, plane curves and elliptic curves, abelian integrals, the theorem of Abel-Jacobi and the construction of Jacobian varieties. Time permitting, we might touch upon further topics such as canonical curves, moduli spaces, the Schottky problem and tropical curves.

Prerequisites: abstract algebra and familiarity with differential or algebraic geometry.

References : Notes for some of the lectures will appear below. We will not follow exactly any particular book, but the main inspirations for the course will be

There are many other beautiful references for this topic. Some of them are:

Description of each lecture's content, some notes

  • 28 October 2020, 15-17. Presentation of the course. Abelian integrals. Manifolds. Holomorphic functions. Notes.
  • 4 November 2020, 15-17. Riemann surfaces. Examples: the projective line, affine and projective plane curves. Holomorphic maps between Riemann surfaces. The degree of a map. Notes.
  • 11 November 2020, 15-17. The topology of a Riemann surface, the topological genus, Riemann-Hurwitz formula. Genus of a smooth plane curve. Meromorphic functions, zeroes, poles. Notes.
  • 25 November 2020, 15-17. Meromorphic functions as maps to the projective line. Divisors, linear equivalence, ramifification divisors, branch divisors, intersection divisors. Notes.
  • 2 December 2020, 15-17. Jacobi theta functions, quasiperiodicity, zeroes. Meromorphic functions on complex tori. Notes.

Exercise sheets

The exercises will appear below and will be discussed together in the session of Wednesday morning at the MPI-MiS.

  • Sheet 1: to be discussed on Wednesday 4 November.
  • Sheet 2: to be discussed on Wednesday 11 November.
  • Sheet 3: to be discussed on Wednesday 18 November.
  • Sheet 4: to be discussed on Wednesday 2 December.
  • Sheet 5: to be discussed on Wednesday 9 December.
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