Mathematics, Algebraic Geometry, Algebraic Geometry (math.AG), Number Theory (math.NT)

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2023-07-06 16:00:00

Abstract

Given a Galois cover of curves $f$ over a field of characteristic $p$, the lifting problem asks whether there exists a Galois cover over a complete mixed characteristic discrete valuation ring whose reduction is $f$. In this paper, we consider the case where the Galois groups are elementary abelian $p$-groups. We prove a combinatorial criterion for lifting an elementary abelian $p$-cover, dependent on the branch loci of lifts of its $p$-cyclic subcovers. We also study how branch points of a lift coalesce on the special fiber. Finally, we analyze lifts for several families of $(\mathbb{Z}/2)^3$-covers of various conductor types, both with equidistant branch locus geometry and non-equidistant branch locus geometry.