Seminar on Algebraic Curves and Riemann Surfaces

Winter 2019/20


Towards having a better understanding of Algebraic Geometric Codes, in this seminar we will study the foundations of algebraic curves and Riemann Surfaces (which takes place over the complex field). 


  1. Noam Peri on the basic definitions of complex charts, complex structures, and Riemann Surfaces, following Chapter 1.1.

  2. Shir Peleg will present first examples of Riemann Surfaces and projective curves following Chapters 1.2 and 1.3.

  3. Libi Lubovich will discuss functions on Riemann Surfaces and examples of meromorphic functions following Chapters 2.1 and 2.2.

  4. Ori Sberlo  will talk about holomorphic maps between Riemann Surfaces and their global properties following Chapters 2.3 and 2.4, excluding Hurwitz's genus formula.

  5. Noam Peri (coming up on Dec 30) will cover some notions from topology that we need for proceeding further, in particular, orientable surfaces and their genus. Next, Noam will talk about Hurwitz's genus formula following Chapter 2.4.

  6. I (Gil) will discuss more elementary examples of Riemann surfaces and some less elementary examples, following chapters 3.1 and 3.2.


Group theory, complex analysis, and topology.

When and where 

The lectures take place on Monday 10:00-12:00 at Check Point 280.

Reading material

The seminar is based on Rick Miranda's fantastic book Algebraic Curves and Riemann Surfaces. The goal is to cover Chapters 1-6.