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Normal functions and the height of Gross–Schoen cycles

Robin de Jong

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We prove a variant of a formula due to Zhang relating the Beilinson–Bloch height of the Gross–Schoen cycle on a pointed curve with the self-intersection of its relative dualizing sheaf. In our approach, the height of the Gross–Schoen cycle occurs as the degree of a suitable Bloch line bundle. We show that the Chern form of this line bundle is nonnegative, and we calculate its class in the Picard group of the moduli space of pointed stable curves of compact type. The basic tools are normal functions and biextensions associated to the cohomology of the universal Jacobian.

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Nagoya Math. J., Volume 214 (2014), 53-77.

First available in Project Euclid: 15 January 2014

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Primary: 14G40: Arithmetic varieties and schemes; Arakelov theory; heights [See also 11G50, 37P30]
Secondary: 14C25: Algebraic cycles 14D06: Fibrations, degenerations


de Jong, Robin. Normal functions and the height of Gross–Schoen cycles. Nagoya Math. J. 214 (2014), 53--77. doi:10.1215/00277630-2413391.

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