I am interested to know the list of non-rational smooth Fano 3-folds with Picard number greater than 1 (more precisely families where at least one smooth member is known to be non-rational). It seems that there are not so many.

In the list of Fano 3-folds that I have at hand, it states whether each Fano 3-fold is rational or not in almost all cases. But unfortunately, there is a ? written next to one of the varieties and the authors leave a gap next to 5 other cases.

I am not sure whether these omissions are due to the rationality of these varieties being an open problem, or whether it is due to some complicated situation with some rational and non-rational varieties in the family. Any enlightenment about the state of the art would be greatly appreciated.

The examples I did manage to obtain from this list are (in no particular order):

1.Double cover of $\mathbb{P}^1 \times \mathbb{P}^2$, branched along a divisor of bi-degree $(2,4)$.

Blow up of $V_{1}$ (Del-pezzo 3-fold of degree 1) in the intersection of two divisors from the anti-canonical class.

Blow-up of cubic 3-fold in a line.

Blow-up of cubic 3-fold in a planar cubic curve.

A divisor in $\mathbb{P}^2 \times \mathbb{P}^2$ of bi-degree (2,2).

Double cover of $V_{7}$ ($= Bl_{p} \mathbb{P}^3$) branched in a divisor in the anti-canonical class (satisfying certain smoothness condition).

Double cover of $\mathbb{P}^1 \times \mathbb{P}^1 \times \mathbb{P}^1$, branched along a smooth divisor of tri-degree (2,2,2).

(1-6. have $\rho(X) = 2$ and 7. has $\rho(X) = 3$.)

**Question:** Is there any 3-folds missing from the list? i.e. is there a smooth Fano 3-fold $X$ with $\rho(X)$>1, that is known to be non-rational that is not contained in one of these 7 families.

Fano varietiesby Iskovskikh and Prokhorov (Algebraic geometry, V, 1-247, Encyclopaedia Math. Sci., 47, Springer). $\endgroup$ – abx Jul 5 '17 at 16:262more comments