Semistable sheaves in positive characteristic


We prove Maruyama’s conjecture on the boundedness of slope semistable sheaves on a projective variety defined over a noetherian ring. Our approach also gives a new proof of the boundedness for varieties defined over a characteristic zero field. This result implies that in mixed characteristic the moduli spaces of Gieseker semistable sheaves are projective schemes of finite type. The proof uses a new inequality bounding slopes of the restriction of a sheaf to a hypersurface in terms of its slope and the discriminant. This inequality also leads to effective restriction theorems in all characteristics, improving earlier results in characteristic zero.


Adrian Langer

Institute of Mathematics
Warsaw University
02-097 Warszawa