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Heegner divisors in the moduli space of genus three curves
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S. Kondō used periods of $K3$ surfaces to prove that the moduli space of genus three curves is birational to an arithmetic quotient of a complex 6-ball. In this paper we study Heegner divisors in the ball quotient, given by arithmetically defined hyperplane sections of the ball. We show that the corresponding loci of genus three curves are given by hyperelliptic curves, singular plane quartics and plane quartics admitting certain rational “splitting curves”.
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  • Michela Artebani
  • Affiliation: Dipartimento di Matematica, Università di Milano, via C. Saldini 50, 20133 Milano, Italia
  • MR Author ID: 744997
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  • Received by editor(s): October 12, 2005
  • Received by editor(s) in revised form: February 20, 2006
  • Published electronically: October 22, 2007
  • Additional Notes: This work was partially supported by PRIN 2003: Spazi di moduli e teoria di Lie; GNSAGA
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  • Journal: Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 360 (2008), 1581-1599
  • MSC (2000): Primary 14J10, 14J28, 14H10
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  • MathSciNet review: 2357706