Being a not yet enrolled independently supervised graduate student in mathematics, with prospects of applying to American graduate schools hopefully in a 1-2 years' time, I have a background of having mastered Hartshorne - "Algebraic Geometry" with partial complements like Beauville - "Complex Algebraic Surfaces" and Reid - "Chapters on Algebraic Surfaces" to learn the Kodaira-Enriques classification, Kollár - "Lectures on Resolution of Singularities" to understand Hironaka's theorem, and bits of Mukai - "An Introduction to Invariants and Moduli" as introduction to GIT and moduli. Now, after studying minimal Cremona models for birational linear systems on rational surfaces from the article by Calabri and Ciliberto, I have become very interested in the general birational geometry of higher-dimensional algebraic varieties and their minimal model program. As this line of research has been very active and with important breakthroughs in recent years, I have tried to compile a large amount of fundamental articles, lecture notes, reviews and books on the subject, but I do not know which are better, which are outdated and in which order they should be studied. This is a selection of the material I think most important:
Books (added recommendations from the answers below):
- Lazarsfeld - Positivity in Algebraic Geometry vol I & II, Springer 2004.
- Debarre - Higher-Dimensional Algebraic Geometry, Springer 2001.
- Miyaoka, Peternell - Geometry of Higher Dimensional Algebraic Varieties, Birkhauser 2004
- Matsuki - Introduction to the Mori Program, Springer 2002.
- Kollár; Mori - Birational Geometry of Algebraic Varieties, Springer 1998
- Kollár - Rational Curves on Algebraic Varieties, Springer 2001.
- Hacon; Kovács - Classification of Higher Dimensional Algebraic Varieties, Birkhauser 2010.
- Kollár; Kovács - Singularities of the Minimal Model Program, CUP 2013 (to appear).
- Corti (ed.) - Flips for 3-folds and 4-folds, OUP 2007.
Articles & Pre-Prints (added recommendations from the answers below):
- Kollár - Exercises in the Birational Geometry of Algebraic Varieties
- Andreatta - An Introduction to Mori Theory: The Case o Surfaces.
- Kollár; Kovács - Birational Geometry of Log Surfaces.
- Fujino - On Log Surfaces + Minimal Model Theory for Log Surfaces.
- Tanaka - Minimal Models and Abundance for Positive Characteristic Log Surfaces.
- Reid - Twenty Five Years of 3-folds, an Old Person's View.
- Kollár - The Structure of Algebraic Threefolds: An Introduction to Mori's Program.
- Kollár - Minimal Models of Algebraic Threefolds: Mori's Program.
- Birkar - Lectures on Birational Geometry.
- Corti; Kaloghiros; Lazić - Introduction to the Minimal Model Program and the Existence of Flips.
- Corti; Hacking; Kollár; Lazarsfeld; Mustaţă - Lectures on Flips and Minimal Models.
- Birkar; Cascini; Hacon; McKernan - Existence of Minimal Models for Log General Type Varieties.
- Hacon; McKernan - Existence of Minimal Models for Varieties of Log General Type II.
- Druel - Existence de Modèles Minimaux pour les Variétés de Type Général.
- Corti - Finite Generation of Adjoint Rings after Lazić: An Introduction.
- Cascini; Lazić - The Minimal Model Program Revisited.
- Cascini; Lazić - New Outlook of the Minimal Model Program I.
- Corti; Lazić - New Outlook of the Minimal Model Program II.
- Lazić - Around and Beyond the Canonical Class.
- Fujino; Mori - A Canonical Bundle Formula.
- Fujino - Fundamental Theorems for the Log Minimal Model Program.
- Fujino - Introduction to the Log Minimal Model Program for Log Canonical Pairs.
- Birkar - On Existence of Log Minimal Models.
- Birkar - Existence of Log Canonical Flips and a Special LMMP.
I would like to get any advice on how to organize a deep study course on these topics for a 1-2 years period, as it were for an independent study program preparation for a future Ph.D. thesis on birational geometry. I would really appreciate if any of the professionals or advanced students in the field could provide hints for organizing such a guide, to make good use of the time I have till then, and get already a good general background preparation on these advanced topics.
- For example, what would be a good approach to acquire the required background to work through the new book by Hacon and Kovács?
Thank you very much in advance for any hints on how to proceed.