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Let X be a variety and $E$ an ample vector bundle on $X$. Let $G=G(r+1,E)$ be the Grassmann bundle over $X$ whose fiber over $x\in X$ is the Grassmannian of the $r+1$-dimensional subspaces of $E_x$. Let $U$ denote the universal subbundle on $G$. Under which hypothesis is the dual of $U$ ample on $G$?

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I would assume never. If $U$ is ample on $G$, then its restriction to a fiber over $x\in X$ must be too, but this just takes you back to the universal subbundle of the Grasmmannian of $r+1$ dimensional subspaces in a vector space and thus can not be ample. –  Mohan Sep 13 '10 at 16:59
sorry...I had forgotten to write "the dual of" –  ginevra86 Sep 13 '10 at 17:03
I am interested in the dual of the universal subbundle –  ginevra86 Sep 13 '10 at 17:06

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I think this is essentially never true, again by restricting to a fiber over $x\in X$. The problem is that (somewhat counterintuitively) the universal quotient bundle on $Gr(k,n)$ is not ample, and for the same reason, neither is the dual of the universal sub. (Except of course when $k=1$!) See Examples 6.1.5 and 6.1.6 in Lazarsfeld's Positivity in Algebraic Geometry II.

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