Math 213b / MWF 12:00-1:00 / Science Center 112
Harvard University - Spring 2001
Curtis T McMullen
Lectures on Riemann Surfaces,
- Griffiths and Harris,
Principles of Algebraic Geometry,
Wiley Interscience, 1978
Geometry and Spectra of Compact Riemann Surfaces,
Intended for graduate students.
Prerequesites include algebraic topology, complex analysis
and differential geometry on manifolds.
- Barth, Peters and van de Ven,
Compact Complex Surfaces,
Teichmueller Theory and Quadratic Differentials,
This course will cover fundamentals of the theory of
compact Riemann surfaces from an analytic and
Possible topics include:
Reading and Lectures.
Students are responsible for all topics covered in
the readings and lectures. Lectures may go beyond the
reading, and not every topic in the reading will be
covered in class.
Complex Riemann surfaces
- Algebraic functions and branched coverings of P1
- Sheaves and analytic continuation
- Curves in projective space; resultants
- Holomorphic differentials
- Sheaf cohomology
- Line bundles and projective embeddings; canonical curves
- Riemann-Roch and Serre duality via distributions
- Jacobian variety
- Torelli theorem
Hyperbolic Riemann surfaces
- Uniformization theorem
- Hyperbolic geometry and trigonometry
- Closed and simple geodesics
- Thick-thin decomposition
- Short geodesics and eigenvalues of the Laplacian
- Teichmueller space via pairs of pants
- Mumford's compactness theorem on moduli space
Additional topics (as time allows)
- Automorphic forms
- Univalent functions, Bers embedding, Weil-Petersson metric
- Selberg trace formula
- Complex tori and K3 surfaces
Graduate students who have passed their
quals are excused from a grade for this course.
Grades for other students will be based on homework and
a final project.
Homework will be assigned every few weeks.
Collaboration between students is encouraged, but you
must write your own solutions, understand them and
give credit to your collaborators.
| 31 Jan (W) || First class
| 19 Feb (M) || President's day
| 26-30 Mar (M-F) || Spring recess
| 4 May (F) || Last class
| 11 May (F) || Final papers due
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