A super-elliptic surface is a compact, smooth Riemann surface S with a conformal automorphism w of prime order p such that S/ has genus zero, extending the hyper-elliptic case p=2. More generally, a cyclic n-gonal surface S has an automorphism w of order n such that S/ has genus zero. All cyclic n-gonal surfaces have tractable defining equations. Let A = Aut(S) and N be the normalizer of C = in A. The structure of N, in principal, can be easily determined from the defining equation. If the genus of S is sufficiently large in comparison to n, and C satisfies a generalized super-elliptic condition, then A = N. For small genus A - N may be non-empty and, in this case, any automorphism h ∈ A - N is called exceptional. The exceptional automorphisms of all general cyclic n-gonal surfaces seems to be hard. We focus on generalized super-elliptic surfaces in which n is composite and the projection of S onto S/C is fully ramified. Generalized super-elliptic surfaces are easily identified by their defining equations. In this paper we discuss an approach to the determination of generalized super-elliptic surfaces with exceptional automorphisms.
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Broughton, S. Allen and Wootton, Aaron, "Exceptional automorphisms of (generalized) super elliptic surfaces" (2014). Mathematics Faculty Publications and Presentations. Paper 11.