Speaker: Sergey Galkin

Title: Branched covers and columns of Golyshev-Mendeleev's table

Date: May 19, 2015, 14:00

Place: Istanbul Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Bosphorus University

Ten years ago Golyshev proposed to classify the families of Fano threefolds of first kind by two integer invariants: Fano index r and a the so-called level N. Then the generating series (G-series) counting rational curves on these threefolds can be expressed by a uniform formula that depends only on r and N. He also noticed that for reason unknown the G-series for varieties sharing same level are related by a change of coordinate t to t^r. In joint work with Tom Coates using a theorem of Jeff Brown we prove that when one variety is a cyclic cover of another branched in subcanonical divisor, then their G-series are related by the change of coordinates above. Since special members in the families of Fano threefolds of the same level are the respective branched covers, this gives and explanation to the observation of Golyshev.