Homology, Homotopy and Applications

Volume 10 (2008)

Number 3

Proceedings of a Conference in Honor of Douglas C. Ravenel and W. Stephen Wilson

Toward higher chromatic analogs of elliptic cohomology II

Pages: 335 – 368

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.4310/HHA.2008.v10.n3.a15


Douglas C. Ravenel (University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, U.S.A.)


Let $p$ be a prime and $f$ a positive integer, greater than $1$ if $p=2$. We construct liftings of the Artin-Schreier curve $C(p,f)$ in characteristic $p$ defined by the equation $y^e=x-x^p$ (where $e=p^f-1$) to a curve $\tilde{C}(p,f)$ over a certain polynomial ring $R'$ in characteristic $0$ which shares the following property with $C(p,f)$. Over a certain quotient of $R'$, the formal completion of the Jacobian $J(\tilde{C}(p,f))$ has a $1$-dimensional formal summand of height $(p-1)f$.

Along the way we show how Honda’s theory of commutative formal group laws can be extended to more general rings and prove a conjecture of his about the Fermat curve.


formal group law, elliptic cohomology, algebraic curve

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification

Primary 55N34. Secondary 14H40, 14H50, 14L05, 55N22.

Published 1 January 2008