Loci of curves with subcanonical points in low genus
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- Chen, D. & Tarasca, N. Math. Z. (2016) 284: 683. doi:10.1007/s00209-016-1670-5
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Inside the moduli space of curves of genus three with one marked point, we consider the locus of hyperelliptic curves with a marked Weierstrass point, and the locus of non-hyperelliptic curves with a marked hyperflex. These loci have codimension two. We compute the classes of their closures in the moduli space of stable curves of genus three with one marked point. Similarly, we compute the class of the closure of the locus of curves of genus four with an even theta characteristic vanishing with order three at a certain point. These loci naturally arise in the study of minimal dimensional strata of Abelian differentials.