A note on non-reduced Picard schemes

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The Picard scheme of a smooth curve and a smooth complex variety is reduced. In this note we discuss which classes of surfaces in terms of the Enriques-Kodaira classification can have non-reduced Picard schemes and whether there are restrictions on the characteristic of the ground field. It turns out that non-reduced Picard schemes are uncommon in Kodaira dimension κ ≤ 0, that this phenomenon can be bounded for κ = 2 (general type) and that it is as bad as can be for κ = 1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-741
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pure and Applied Algebra
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


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