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Castelnuovo's rationality criterion on singular surfaces?

Let $S$ be a projective surface over an algebraically closed field. Suppose that $q(S)=h^1(\mathcal O_S)=0$ and $P_2(S)=h^0(\mathcal O_S(2K_S))=0$. If $S$ is smooth, Castelnuovo's rationality ...
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Intrinsically proving a singularity is rational

In general, how to prove a variety has rational singularities intrinsically? i.e., don't use the Artin's criterion concerning the exceptional locus. And what kinds of varieties have only rational ...
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Why can you deform singularities in two dimensions but not in higher dimensions?

I've been trying to read this paper to understand deformations of surface quotient singularities. I'm particularly interested in when one can deform certain cyclic quotient singularities into other ...
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Do there exist double points on an algebraic surface in $\mathbb{P}_{\mathbb{C}}^3$ that are not rational?

The title explains it all. I'm familiar with the du val singularities on surfaces, also known as rational double points. In http://homepages.warwick.ac.uk/~masda/surf/more/DuVal.pdf, 2.1, they are ...
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singularities of the dual variety of a surface

I am looking for a proof/reference of the following simple fact, which I think it holds true. Let $S\subset \mathbb{P}^n$ be a surface embedded by a very ample linear system. Then I know that the ...
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Counting nodal singularities on a surface

How many lines in $\mathbf{P}^5$ passing through a fixed point $p$ meet in at least two points a fixed smooth surface $S$ given by the intersection of three quadrics? Or equivalently, calling $T$ the ...
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Q-factorial and rational singularities on surfaces

Let $X$ be a normal surface. Is any rational singularity $\mathbf{Q}$-factorial? I've seen this somewhere for surfaces over fields, but what about the general case of an integral 2-dimensional ...
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1answer
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Log resolutions on surfaces and 3-folds in characteristic p

If $X$ is a normal projective variety and $D$ a divisor in it, we say that $\pi\colon (\widetilde X,\widetilde D)\rightarrow (X,D)$ is a log resolution if $\widetilde X$ is a resolution of $X$, the ...
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Resolution of “nice” and zero-dimensional singularities on a surface

Assume I have a singular algebraic surface $X$ over an algebraically closed field (characteristic zero if you want) which is singular in a finite set of points. I am looking for a condition as to the ...