### Abstract

The Griffiths group Gr^{r}(X) of a smooth projective variety X over an algebraically dosed field is defined to be the group of homologically trivial algebraic cycles of codimension r on X modulo the subgroup of algebraically trivial algebraic cycles. The main result of this paper is that the Griffiths group Gr^{2} (A_{k̄}) of a supersingular abelian variety A_{k̄} over the algebraic closure of a finite field of characteristic p is at most a p-primary torsion group. As a corollary the same conclusion holds for supersingular Fermat threefolds. In contrast, using methods of C. Schoen it is also shown that if the Tare conjecture is valid for all smooth projective surfaces and all finite extensions of the finite ground field k of characteristic p > 2, then the Griffiths group of any ordinary abelian threefold A_{k̄} over the algebraic closure of k is non-trivial; in fact, for all but a finite number of primes ℓ ≠ p it is the case that Gr^{2} (A_{k̄}) ⊗ ℤ_{ℓ} ≠ 0.

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 213-219 |

Number of pages | 7 |

Journal | Canadian Mathematical Bulletin |

Volume | 45 |

Issue number | 2 |

Publication status | Published - Jun 2002 |

Externally published | Yes |

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### Keywords

- Beauville conjecture
- Chow group
- Griffiths group
- Supersingular Abelian variety

### ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics(all)

### Cite this

*Canadian Mathematical Bulletin*,

*45*(2), 213-219.