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### Rational and rationally chain connected surfaces

A projective variety $X$ over the complex numbers is rationally connected if two general points of $X$ can be joined by a rational curve in $X$, and rationally chain connected if two general points of ...
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### Has anyone researched this variant of separable rational connectedness?

If I am correct, then one of the definitions of rational chain connectedness is that a variety $X$ is rationally chain connected if 1) there are schemes $\mathcal{C}$ and $T$ with a flat, ...
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### Rational curves on ruled surfaces

Let $S$ be a ruled surface (over an algebraically closed field) with an $\mathbb{P}^1$-bundle $\pi\!: S \to E$ onto an elliptic curve $E$. What is the classification of (possibly singular) irreducible ...
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### Can free rational curves lift to ramified covers of Fano varieties?

Does there exist $X$ a smooth Fano manifold, $f: Y \to X$ a nontrivial ramified finite cover, $C \subseteq X$ a smooth very free rational curve, such that $f$ is étale over a neighborhood of $C$? ...
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### Rational normal curves and tangent lines

Let $C,\Gamma\subset\mathbb{P}^n$ be degree $n$ rational normal curves in $\mathbb{P}^n$, such that for any $p\in C$ the tangent line $T_pC$ of $C$ at $p$ is tangent to $\Gamma$ as well. This means ...
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### Blowing-up projective spaces of parametrized rational curves

Consider the projective space $\mathbb{P}^N$ parametrizing morphisms $f:\mathbb{P}^1\rightarrow\mathbb{P}^n$, $f(x,y) = [f_0(x,y):\dots:f_n(x,y)]$ of degree $d$. Let $Z_i\subset\mathbb{P}^N$ be the ...
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### If there is no more than $k$ smooth rational curves on algebraic surface, what is the minimal value of k

Let $X$ be a smooth surface of general type with $q=p_g=0$, define a set $A=\{C\subset X|$ C is smooth rational and $C^2<-1\}$, let $k=|A|$ which is cardinality of $A$. What is the minimal value ...
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### Are rationally connected varieties robustly simply connected?

Let $X$ be a smooth projective rationally connected variety over $\mathbb C$. Let $C$ be a curve class in $X$ such that rational curves equivalent to $C$ connect every two points. Let $f: Y \to X$ be ...
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### Secant varieties of curves in $\mathbb{P}^4$

My question is motivated by the following simple observations. By a standard dimensions count in $\mathbb{P}^4$ there should not exist neither an hypersurface of degree $3$ with multiplicity $2$ in ...
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