DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA, Vol. 19 (2014), 457-507

Margarida Melo and Filippo Viviani

The Picard Group of the Compactified Universal Jacobian

We determine explicitly the Picard groups of the universal Jacobian stack and of its compactification over the stack of stable curves. Along the way, we prove some results concerning the gerbe structure of the universal Jacobian stack over its rigidification by the natural action of the multiplicative group and relate this with the existence of generalized Poincaré line bundles. We also compare our results with Kouvidakis-Fontanari computations of the divisor class group of the universal (compactified) Jacobian scheme.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 14H10, 14H40, 14C22; 14A20, 14L24.

Keywords and Phrases: Universal Jacobian stack and scheme, Picard group, Gm-gerbe, Brauer group, Poincaré line bundle.

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