Goals of the Lecture: - In this and the forthcoming lectures, our aim is to show that complex tori are algebraic, i.e., that they are actually elliptic algebraic projective curves. This is the reason that complex tori exhibit a rich geometry which involves a beautiful interplay between their complex analytic properties and the algebraic geometric and number theoretic properties of the elliptic curves they are associated to. It is a deep and nontrivial theorem that any compact Riemann surface is algebraic, so such Riemann surfaces exhibit a rich geometry as in the case of complex tori - Towards the above end, in this lecture we begin by identifying any punctured complex torus with a plane curve in complex 2-space. This plane curve is called the associated elliptic algebraic affine plane cubic curve. For this identification we make use of the Weierstrass phe-function associated to the complex torus, its derivative, their properties and the first order degree two cubic ordinary differential equation that they satisfy Topics: Upper half-plane, complex torus associated to a lattice (or) grid in the plane, fundamental parallelogram associated to a lattice, doubly-periodic meromorphic function (or) elliptic function associated to a lattice, Weierstrass phe-function associated to a lattice, ordinary differential equation satisfied by the Weierstrass phe-function, zeros of the derivative of the Weierstrass phe-function, pole of order two (or) double pole with residue zero, triple pole (or) pole of order three, cubic equation, elliptic algebraic cubic curve, zeros of a polynomial equation, bicontinuous map (or) homeomorphism, open map, order of an elliptic function, elliptic integral, Argument principle, even function, odd function, analytic branch of the square root, simply connected, punctured torus, elliptic algebraic affine cubic plane curve, projective plane cubic curve, complex affine two-space, complex projective two-space, one-point compactification by adding a point at infinity
The subject of algebraic curves (equivalently compact Riemann surfaces) has its origins going back to the work of Riemann, Abel, Jacobi, Noether, Weierstrass, Clifford and Teichmueller. It continues to be a source for several hot areas of current research. Its development requires ideas from diverse areas such as analysis, PDE, complex and real differential geometry, algebra---especially commutative algebra and Galois theory, homological algebra, number theory, topology and manifold theory. The course begins by introducing the notion of a Riemann surface followed by examples. Then the classification of Riemann surfaces is achieved on the basis of the fundamental group by the use of covering space theory and uniformisation. This reduces the study of Riemann surfaces to that of subgroups of Moebius transformations. The case of compact Riemann surfaces of genus 1, namely elliptic curves, is treated in detail. The algebraic nature of elliptic curves and a complex analytic construction of the moduli space of elliptic curves is given.