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Title: Degenerations of Kahler-Einstein Fano manifolds
Author: Spotti, Cristiano
ISNI:       0000 0004 2732 0821
Awarding Body: Imperial College London
Current Institution: Imperial College London
Date of Award: 2012
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In this Thesis I investigate how Fano manifolds equipped with a Kahler- Einstein metric can degenerate as metric spaces (in the Gromov-Hausdorff topology) and some of the relations of this question with Algebraic Geometry. A central topic in the Thesis is the study of the deformation theory for singular Kahler-Einstein metrics. In particular, it is shown that Kahler- Einstein Fano varieties of dimension two (Del Pezzo surfaces) with only nodes as singularities and discrete automorphism group, admit (partial) smoothings which also carry (orbifold) Kahler-Einstein metrics. The above result is then used to study the metric compactification in the Gromov- Hausdorff topology of the space of Kahler-Einstein Del Pezzo surfaces. In the case of cubic surfaces some evidence is provided that the metric compactification agrees with the classical algebraic compactification given by the set of Chow polystable cubics. Finally, I study some higher dimensional analogous of the results outlined above: for example, we briefly discuss the existence and deformation theory for K¨ahler-Einstein metrics on nodal Fano varieties and the compactifications of the space of intersections of two quadrics in P5.
Supervisor: Donaldson, Simon Sponsor: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral