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Advances in Geometry
, Volume 6 (1) – Jan 26, 2006

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- Publisher
- de Gruyter
- Copyright
- Copyright © 2006 by the
- ISSN
- 1615-715X
- eISSN
- 1615-7168
- DOI
- 10.1515/ADVGEOM.2006.001
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Abstract It has been proved (see (S. J. Kim, On the existence of Weierstrass gap sequences on trigonal curves. J. Pure Appl. Algebra 63 (1990), 171-180. MR1043748 (91b:14036) Zbl 0712.14019) and (M. Brundu, G. Sacchiero, On the varieties parametrizing trigonal curves with assigned Weierstrass points. Comm. Algebra 26 (1998), 3291-3312. MR1641619 (99g:14040) Zbl 0937.14016). ) that a Weierstrass point on a trigonal curve, which is not a ramification point for the morphism induced by a trigonal series, has a gap sequence G P of the form G P = (1,2, …, r , r + 1 + α, …, g + α) for some integers r and α satisfying ≤ r ≤ g − 1 and 1 ≤ α ≤ 2 r + 1 − g . Such points will be called one jump Weierstrass points of type ( r ,α). It was further proved (S. J. Kim, On the existence of Weierstrass gap sequences on trigonal curves. J. Pure Appl. Algebra 63 (1990), 171-180. MR1043748 (91b:14036) Zbl 0712.14019) that any one jump numerical sequence of type ( r , α), with r and α in the range above, is the Weierstrass gap sequence of a trigonal curve. Here we prove that the property of having an extremal, in some sense, one jump Weierstrass point characterizes trigonal curves. More precisely, we show that if α belongs to the range α 4 < α ≤ 2 r + 1 − g for a suitable α 4 , any curve with a Weierstrass point of type ( r ,α) is a triple covering of a smooth curve of genus p with , and that there exist examples of such coverings. Therefore when 2 r + 1 − g − α < 3, such a curve is indeed trigonal. As a consequence, any fourgonal curve of genus g ≥ 10 having a one jump Weierstrass point satisfies α ≤ α 4 with few exceptions. Finally, we exhibit examples of fourgonal curves with a Weierstrass point of type ( r , α) with ≤ r ≤ and 1 ≤ α ≤ α 4 .

Advances in Geometry – de Gruyter

**Published: ** Jan 26, 2006

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