Coherent systems and Brill-Noether theory

S. B. Bradlow, O. García-Prada, V. Muñoz, P. E. Newstead

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Let X be a curve of genus g. A coherent system on X consists of a pair (E,V), where E is an algebraic vector bundle over X of rank n and degree d and V is a subspace of dimension fc of the space of sections of E. The stability of the coherent system depends on a parameter α. We study the variation of the moduli space of coherent systems when we move the parameter. As an application, we analyze the cases k = 1,2,3 and n = 2 explicitly. For small values of α, the moduli spaces of coherent systems are related to the Brill-Noether loci, the subschemes of the moduli spaces of stable bundles consisting of those bundles with at least a prescribed number of independent sections. The study of coherent systems is applied to find the dimension, prove the irreducibility, and in some cases calculate the Picard groups of the Brill-Noether loci with k ≤ 3.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)683-733
Number of pages51
JournalInternational Journal of Mathematics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2003


  • Algebraic curves
  • Brill-Noether loci
  • Coherent systems
  • Moduli of vector bundles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)


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