By Ingrid Bauer, Fabrizio Catanese (auth.), Fedor Bogomolov, Yuri Tschinkel (eds.)

Rationality difficulties hyperlink algebra to geometry. The problems concerned depend upon the transcendence measure over the floor box, or geometrically, at the size of the range. an important luck in nineteenth century algebraic geometry was once a whole answer of the rationality challenge in dimensions one and over algebraically closed floor fields of attribute 0. those advances have ended in many interdisciplinary functions of algebraic geometry.

This accomplished textual content involves surveys and examine papers by way of prime experts within the box. subject matters mentioned contain the rationality of quotient areas, cohomological invariants of finite teams of Lie sort, rationality of moduli areas of curves, and rational issues on algebraic varieties.

This quantity is meant for study mathematicians and graduate scholars drawn to algebraic geometry, and particularly in rationality problems.

I. Bauer

C. Böhning

F. Bogomolov

F. Catanese

I. Cheltsov

N. Hoffmann

S.-J. Hu

M.-C. Kang

L. Katzarkov

B. Kunyavskii

A. Kuznetsov

J. Park

T. Petrov

Yu. G. Prokhorov

A.V. Pukhlikov

Yu. Tschinkel

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We have explicit equations for it (namely the ones that arise if we substitute r1 = r2 = r3 = 0 in q1 , . . , q5 , which are thus three linear and two quadratic equations); the assertions can then be checked with a computer algebra system such as Macaulay 2. 1 that Yλ contains π([x0 ]). 1 and the deﬁnition of π in (32). 1 is established. Step 2. , y10 = 1, the other y’s being 0. This always is in the ﬁber pP8 (p−1 R (r)) as one sees on substituting in the equations q1 , . . , q5 . Moreover, this is an N (H)-section, since y10 is a coordinate in the space V (0)χ0 in formula (32).

Q5 (x, s) in formula (26)? ¯ 1, . . , Q ¯ 5 for We can set s3 = s4 = s5 = 0 in Q1 , . . , Q5 to obtain equations Q ˜ λ in P(M ); the point is now that the quantities PQ ¯ ¯ ¯ ¯ 1, Q ¯ 2 , Q3 , Q4 , Q4 Q x1 x2 x3 are H-invariant (as one sees from the equations in Appendix B). 2]), so we can write Rationality of M3 39 ¯ ¯ 2 = q2 (r1 , . . , y12 ), Q3 = q3 (r1 , . . , y12 ), ¯ 1 = q1 (r1 , . . , y12 ), Q Q x1 ¯4 ¯4 Q Q = q4 (r1 , . . , y12 ), = q5 (r1 , . . , y12 ) x2 x3 where q1 , . .

4 ]SL2 C is freely generated by two homogeneous invariants g2 and g3 (where subscripts indicate degrees): ξ0 ξ2 ξ ξ − 4 det 1 2 ξ2 ξ4 ξ2 ξ3 ⎞ ⎛ ξ0 ξ1 ξ2 g3 (ξ) = det ⎝ ξ1 ξ2 ξ3 ⎠ . ξ2 ξ3 ξ4 g2 (ξ) = det , (2) (3) If we identify f4 with its zeros z1 , . . , z4 ∈ P1 = C ∪ {∞} and write λ= (z1 − z3 )(z2 − z4 ) (z1 − z4 )(z2 − z3 ) for the cross-ratio, then 1 , 2 2πi with ω = e 3 , g3 = 0 ⇐⇒ λ = −1, 2, or g2 = 0 ⇐⇒ λ = −ω or − ω 2 the ﬁrst case being commonly referred to as harmonic cross-ratio, the second as equi-anharmonic cross-ratio (see [Cle, p.