Algebraic Geometry Seminar

Cylinders in Del Pezzo Surfaces

Speaker: Ivan Cheltsov, University of Edinburgh

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 201

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015, 3:30 p.m.


For a projective variety X and an ample divisor H on it, an H-polar cylinder in X is an open ruled affine subset whose complement is a support of an effective Q-divisor Q-rationally equivalent to H. This notion links together affine, birational and Kähler geometries. I will show how to prove existence and non-existence of H-polar cylinders in smooth and mildly singular del Pezzo surfaces (for different polarizations). The obstructions come from log canonical thresholds and Fujita numbers. As an application, I will answer an old question of Zaidenberg and Flenner about additive group actions on the cubic Fermat affine threefold cone. This is joint work with Jihun Park (POSTECH) and Joonyeong Won (KAIST).