“Lines on K3
DAVIDE CESARE VENIANI
(Leibniz Universität Hannover)
Abstract: Counting lines on surfaces of fixed degree in projective space is a topic in algebraic geometry with a long history. The fact that on every smooth cubic there are exactly 27 lines, combined in a highly symmetrical way, was already known by 19th century geometers. In 1943 Beniamino Segre stated correctly that the maximum number of lines on a smooth quartic surface over an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero is 64, but his proof was wrong. It has been corrected in 2013 by Slawomir Rams and Matthias Schütt using techniques unknown to Segre, such as the theory of elliptic fibrations. The talk will focus on the generalization of these techniques to quartics admitting isolated ADE singularities.
Date: Friday, February 13, 2015
Place: Mathematics Seminar Room, SA – 141
Tea and cookies will be served before the seminar.