Using etale cohomology, we define a birational invariant for varieties in characteristic $p$ that serves as an obstruction to uniruledness - a variant on an obstruction to unirationality due to Ekedahl. We apply this to $\overline{M}_{1,n}$ and show that $\overline{M}_{1,n}$ is not uniruled in characteristic $p$ as long as $n \geq p \geq 11$. To do this, we use Deligne's description of the etale cohomology of $\overline{M}_{1,n}$ and apply the theory of congruences between modular forms.

Source : oai:arXiv.org:1702.04404

Volume: Volume 3

Published on: March 20, 2019

Submitted on: December 11, 2017

Keywords: Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry,14M20

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