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Olivier Debarre, Geometric Methods in Representation Theory

March 10, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Title:  Unexpected Isomorphisms between Hyperkahler Fourfolds

Abstract:  In 1985, Beauville and Donagi showed by an explicit geometric construction that the variety of lines contained in a Pfaffian cubic hypersurface in $P^5$ is isomorphic to a canonical desingularization of the symmetric self-product of a K3 surface (called its Hilbert square). Both of these projective fourfolds are hyperkähler (or symplectic): they carry a symplectic 2-form.
In 1998, Hassett showed by a deformation argument that this phenomenon occurs for countably many families of cubic hypersurfaces in $P^5$.
Using the Verbitsky-Markman Torelli theorem and results of Bayer-Macri, we show these unexpected isomorphisms (or automorphisms) occur for many other families of hyperkähler fourfolds. This involves playing around with Pell-type diophantine equations. This is joint work with Emanuele Macrí.


March 10, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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