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1. CJM 2000 (vol 52 pp. 1018)

Reichstein, Zinovy; Youssin, Boris
Essential Dimensions of Algebraic Groups and a Resolution Theorem for $G$-Varieties
Let $G$ be an algebraic group and let $X$ be a generically free $G$-variety. We show that $X$ can be transformed, by a sequence of blowups with smooth $G$-equivariant centers, into a $G$-variety $X'$ with the following property the stabilizer of every point of $X'$ is isomorphic to a semidirect product $U \sdp A$ of a unipotent group $U$ and a diagonalizable group $A$. As an application of this result, we prove new lower bounds on essential dimensions of some algebraic groups. We also show that certain polynomials in one variable cannot be simplified by a Tschirnhaus transformation.

Categories:14L30, 14E15, 14E05, 12E05, 20G10

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