Limit linear series for curves not of compact type
Published Web Locationhttps://arxiv.org/pdf/1406.6699.pdf
We introduce a notion of limit linear series for nodal curves which are not of compact type. We give a construction of a moduli space of limit linear series, which works also in smoothing families, and we prove a corresponding specialization result. For a more restricted class of curves which simultaneously generalizes two-component curves and curves of compact type, we give an equivalent definition of limit linear series, which is visibly a generalization of the Eisenbud-Harris definition. Finally, for the same class of curves, we prove a smoothing theorem which constitutes an improvement over known results even in the compact-type case.