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### Relative canonical divisors

Suppose that $X$ is a Gorenstein variety and that $\pi : Y \to X$ is a birational map of varieties with normal $Y$.
In this case the relative canonical divisor is defined to be $K_Y - \pi^*K_X$ (if ...

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### Projectivity of flops

Say I have a projective (smooth, compact) irreducible symplectic variety $X$ over $\mathbb{C}$ and I perform a Mukai flop. It is well known that if the resulting variety $\widetilde{X}$ is Kahler, it ...

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### Semistable sheaves on rationally connected manifolds

Let $(X,H)$ be a polarized projective manifold of dimension $n$ defined over $\mathbb C$, and let $\mathcal E$ be a reflexive sheaf on $X$.
If for every subsheaf $\mathcal F \subset \mathcal E$ the ...

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### Blow-up of $\mathbb{P}^4$ along a smooth surface

Let $\pi \colon X\to \mathbb{P}^4$ be the blow-up of a smooth surface $S\subset \mathbb{P}^4$. Is there a formula to compute $(K_X)^4$ ? (which should be dependent on invariants of $S$).
In dimension ...

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### Is this $S$-birational map an open immersion on its domain of definition?

My question is about a claim on the bottom of p. 121 of the book "Neron models" by Bosch, Lutkebohmert, and Raynaud, so I will freely use the general terminology recalled in this book, but will ...

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### When can a blow-down be pushed out?

I am interested in constructing a morphism out of a blown down variety.
Let $V$ be a scheme, $U\hookrightarrow V$ an open immersion. Let $\widetilde V$ be a blow-up of $V$, $\widetilde U$ its ...

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### motivic integration and jacobian ideal

When we consider the change of variables in motivic integration, we have a birational map $f:Y\rightarrow X$ with Y smooth and we have to consider two invariants the order of the Jacobian ideal of $X$ ...

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### birational classification of rationally connected 3-folds

What is the birational classification of (smooth projective) rationally connected 3-folds (over algebraically closed fields of characteristic $0$ or even $\mathbf{C}$, if $\mathrm{char}(k) = p > ...

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### Uniruled degenerations of abelian varieties

Suppose I have a smooth projective variety $X$ over $\mathbb{C}$ with $K_X$ semiample, and consider the fiber space $f:X\to Y$ given by $|\ell K_X|$, for some $\ell>0$ large, where $Y$ is a normal ...

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### Adjunction Formula for Weil Divisors on a Normal Variety X

Let $X$ be a normal variety over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $p>0$ and $S$ be a prime Weil divisor on $X$ which is normal too. Now if $K_X+S$ is NOT $\mathbb{Q}$-Cartier, ...

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### How to prove two manifolds are not birational?

Given a family of compact complex manifold $\mathcal{X} \rightarrow B$, what are the standard techniques to prove two distinct fibers $\mathcal{X}_a$ and $\mathcal{X}_b$ are not birational?

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### A question on resolution of singularities

I am wondering if it could be possible in particular cases to resolve a singularity of dimension $n$ by blowing-up a locus of dimension smaller than $n$.
For instance consider a cubic surface ...

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### singularities preserved by integral closure

Let $X$ be an affine variety. Let $A$ be the coordinate ring of $X$ and let $K$ be the fraction field of $A$. Given a Galois extension $K\subset L$, let $B$ be the integral closure of $A$ in $L$. Let ...

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### Global sections of exceptional divisor in normalized blow-up

Let $(R, \mathfrak{m})$ be a Noetherian normal local domain and $I$ an $R$-ideal. Write $X$ for the normalization of $\mathrm{Proj}(R[It])$ and $E$ for the effective Cartier divisor defined by the ...

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### Kawamata-Viehweg Vanishing Theorem for Excellent Surfaces

Is there any version of Kawamata-Viehweg vanishing theorem that holds for excellent surfaces? I will be very glad if there is one such, but if not then is it at least true for a surface over a non ...

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### Is there an example of index 1 picardnumber 1 Fano 4-fold with h^{21}\neq0

Are there any known examples of index 1 smooth Fano 4-folds X with $\mathsf{Pic}(X)\cong\mathbb{Z}$ with $h^2(\Omega^1_X)\neq0$?

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### A birational compatification problem

Let $P_1$ be a projective variety over $\mathbb{C}$, and $Y_1 \subseteq P_1$ be a codimension $1$ (irreducible) subvariety. Suppose there is a blowdown morphism $Y_1 \to Y_2$.
Then can I find a ...

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### Resolution of singularities of projective varieties

Let $X\subset\mathbb{P}^n$ be an irreducible variety, and let $Sing(X)$ be its singular locus. Let $Y$ be the blow-up of $\mathbb{P}^n$ along $Sing(X)$. Assume that we know that the strict transform ...

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### How to Calculate Minimal Log Discrepancy on a Toric Variety?

Let $\sigma$ be a $3$ dimensional strongly convex rational polyhedral cone on $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $X_\sigma$, the corresponding affine toric $3$-fol. Also, assume that $\Delta$ is an anti-boundary ...

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### Can discrepancy change after pseudo isomorphisms?

Let $X$ and $Y$ be two projective irreductive algebraic varieties of dimension $3$ and let $f:X\dashrightarrow Y$ be a pseudo isomorphism, i.e. a birational map which restricts to an isomorphism ...

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### stably birational abelian varieties are isomorphic

Can anybody help me to prove the following result:
Proposition. Let $A$ and $B$ be abelian varieties over a field $k$ of characteristic zero. Assume that $A \times \mathbb{P}_k^n$ and $B \times ...

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### K-equivalence does not depend on the choice of the third variety

By K-equivalent of two smooth varieties $X,Y$, we mean there exist a smooth variety $Z$, and birational morphism $q: Z \to X,\quad p: Z \to Y$ , such that $q^* \omega_X \cong p^* \omega_Y$.
Suppose ...

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### Is always a Crepant birational map between smooth varieties a small modification

Lemma: A crepant birational map between quasi-projective normal varieties with only terminal singularities is in fact small modifitacions, i.e. isomorphism in codimension 1.
So, if ...

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### Fields over which cubic hypersurfaces are rational

All cubic hypersurfaces having at least one double point are birational to some $P^n$ over an algebraically closed field. How does the statement change as I pass to non alg closed fields? Does it hold ...

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### birational equivalence and mirror CYs

If a CY X is a mirror to Y then any CY Z which is birational to X is also a Mirror of Y. This is the motivation for the Kawamata's "moveable Kahler cone" which includes the Kahler cones of all the CYs ...

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### How can every divisor be reached by a sequence of blow-ups?

The following is a result of Zariski [cf. Lemma 2.45 of Birational Geometry of Algebraic Varieties].
$X$ : an algebraic variety over a field $k$.
$(R,m)$ : a DVR of the quotient field $K(X)$ ...

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### Compactification of the affine space with a del Pezzo surface

Is there some nice compactification of the affine space with a del Pezzo surface of degree $\le 4$ (for example with a cubic surface) ?
More precisely, I would like a projective algebraic variety $X$ ...

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### birational invariants of projective surfaces

I am studying Castelnuovo's rationality criterion for surfaces.
Let $S$ be a projective surface and $K$ a canonical divisor on $S$.
Let's use the notation ...

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### invariance of the dimension of severi varieties of surfaces

Suppose I have a smooth projective surface $S\subset P^n$ embedded by a very ample linear system $|L|$. Consider now the generalized Severi varieties that parametrize curves on $S$ belonging to $|L|$, ...

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### How to Construct a ''Nice'' Birational Model in Characteristic p>0

Let $X=Spec\ A$ be a normal affine variety of dimension $n$ over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $p>0$. Also, assume that $S\subset X$ be a prime Weil-divisor on $X$. Now, I ...

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### Numerical dimension of nef divisors

Let $D$ be a nef divisor (moreover suppose it is effective if you prefer) on a normal projective variety of dimension $n$. Let $k\in[1,n-1]$.
If $D^k\cdot V=0$ for generic subvarieties $V\subseteq X$ ...