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Motivating stacks using moduli theory

Ajay Gautam
Friday, March 4, 2022 - 16:30

Moduli of algebraic curves are of classical interest. Statedin terms of functors, the problem boils down to the question of repre-sentability of the moduli functor by a scheme and existence of a universalfamily over the said scheme. Existence of non-trivial automorphisms foralgebraic curves implies that such moduli problems cannot be solved in thesetting of schemes. Historically, attempts to find a reasonable geometricsolution to this moduli problem led to the notion of stack. I will attemptto show the problems with the classical theory and give a flavor of howstacks provide a resolution, using, as an example, the moduli of ellipticcurves.

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