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Volume 5, Issue 4, 2008, pp. 3029–3064
DOI: 10.4171/OWR/2008/54

Published online: 2009-09-30

Mini-Workshop: Group Actions on Curves: Reduction and Lifting

Irene Bouw[1], Ariane Mézard[2] and Stefan Wewers[3]

(1) Universität Ulm, Germany
(2) Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin, Versailles, France
(3) Leibniz-Universität Hannover, Germany

The mini-workshop \emph{Group actions on curves: reduction and lifting}, organized by Irene I. Bouw (Ulm), Ariane M\'ezard (Versailles) and Stefan Wewers (Hannover) was held November 16th -- November 22nd, 2008. There were 15 participants, 6 of whom were PhD-students or recent PhDs. There were 15 talks and 2 discussion sessions. There was a joint evening session with the mini-workshop \emph{Symmetric Varieties and Involutions of Algebraic Groups}.

The talks discussed very recent progress on the following closely related topics: \begin{itemize} \item stable reduction of covers of curves, \item the local lifting problem, Oort's conjecture, \item reduction of group scheme actions and torsors, differential data, \item curves with many automorphisms, \item versal deformation rings. \end{itemize} The theme of the first discussion session was the local lifting problem. Several participants gave an informal presentation of possible approaches for solving it. Afterwards, we discussed how the different approaches fit together. The main emphasis was the connection between differential data and torsors under group schemes.

The theme of the second discussion session was the structure of deformation spaces. We discussed several questions that came out of the talks. Among other things, given a family of lifts of a cover of formal germs of curves from positive characteristic to characteristic zero, is there a reasonable notion of `moduli' of such lifts, and how does it relate to the position of the branch points? We formulated several conjectural statements and discussed their relevance and possible proofs.

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Bouw Irene, Mézard Ariane, Wewers Stefan: Mini-Workshop: Group Actions on Curves: Reduction and Lifting. Oberwolfach Rep. 5 (2008), 3029-3064. doi: 10.4171/OWR/2008/54