Bielliptic curves of genus 3 in the hyperelliptic moduli

Research paper by T. Shaska, F. Thompson

Indexed on: 20 May '13Published on: 20 May '13Published in: Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry


In this paper we study bielliptic curves of genus 3 defined over an algebraically closed field $k$ and the intersection of the moduli space $\M_3^b$ of such curves with the hyperelliptic moduli $\H_3$. Such intersection $\S$ is an irreducible, 3-dimensional, rational algebraic variety. We determine the equation of this space in terms of the $Gl(2, k)$-invariants of binary octavics as defined in \cite{hyp_mod_3} and find a birational parametrization of $\S$. We also compute all possible subloci of curves for all possible automorphism group $G$. Moreover, for every rational moduli point $\p \in \S$, such that $| \Aut (\p) | > 4$, we give explicitly a rational model of the corresponding curve over its field of moduli in terms of the $Gl(2, k)$-invariants.