Indexed on: 22 Nov '16Published on: 22 Nov '16Published in: arXiv - Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry
We study the Picard groups of moduli spaces of smooth complex projective curves that have a group of automorphisms with a prescribed topological action. One of our main tools is the theory of symmetric mapping class groups. In the first part of the paper, we show that, under mild restrictions, the moduli spaces of smooth curves with an abelian group of automorphisms of a fixed topological type have finitely generated Picard groups. In certain special cases, we are able to compute them exactly. In the second part of the paper, we show that finite abelian level covers of the hyperelliptic locus in the moduli space of smooth curves have finitely generated Picard groups. We also compute the Picard groups of the moduli spaces of hyperelliptic curves of compact type.