A Riemann–Kempf singularity theorem for higher rank Brill-Noether loci
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Original versionHitching GH. A Riemann–Kempf singularity theorem for higher rank Brill-Noether loci. Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society. 2020 https://dx.doi.org/10.1112/blms.12354
Given a vector bundle V over a curve X, we deﬁne and study a surjective rational map Hilbd(PV ) 99K Quot0,d(V ∗) generalising the natural map SymdX → Quot0,d(OX). We then give a generalisation of the geometric Riemann–Roch theorem to vector bundles of higher rank over X. We use this to give a geometric description of the tangent cone to the Brill–Noether locus Brr,d at a suitable bundle E with h0(E) = r + k. This gives a generalisation of the Riemann–Kempf singularity theorem. As a corollary, we show that the kth secant variety of the rank one locus of PEndE is contained in the tangent cone.