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algcurves[singularities] - The singularities of an algebraic curve

Calling Sequence

singularities(f, x, y)




a polynomial specifying an algebraic curve

x, y





Let f be a squarefree polynomial in x and y. Then f defines an algebraic curve in the plane C^2, and also in the projective plane P^2 by making f homogeneous. This procedure computes the singular points of the curve in the projective plane. The points are given by homogeneous co-ordinates [X,Y,Z].


For each singularity this procedure also computes the multiplicity m, the delta invariant delta, and the number of local branches r. An ordinary double point is characterized by m=2,δ=1,r=2. For a cusp one has m=2,δ=1,r=1. In general rm and mm12δ, and both of these are equalities when the singularity is an ordinary m-multiple point. The Milnor number equals 2δr+1.


The output of this procedure is a set consisting of lists of the following form point,m,δ,r.


This procedure computes all singularities up to conjugation. So if a singularity RootOf_Z22,1,1 is given in the output, and if RootOf_Z22 does not appear in the input, then RootOf_Z22,1,1 is a singular point as well but will not be given in the output.


The genus of a curve is the number (d-1)*(d-2)/2 - Sum(delta invariants) where d is the degree of the curve. Note that if we apply this formula to compute the genus, then for each singularity we must multiply the delta invariant by the degree of the algebraic extension over which the singularity is defined, because only one singularity of each conjugacy class is given in the output.












Note that the conjugate (replace RootOf_Z2+1 by RootOf_Z2+1 is also a singularity. So the genus is (5-1)*(5-2)/2-1-1-1-2*1=1

See Also

algcurves[genus], algcurves[puiseux], singular

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