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On the Superabundance of Singular Varieties in Positive Characteristic

Jake Kettinger, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


The geproci property is a recent development in the world of geometry. We call a set of points Z\subseq\P_k^3 an (a,b)-geproci set (for GEneral PROjection is a Complete Intersection) if its projection from a general point P to a plane is a complete intersection of curves of degrees a and b. Examples known as grids have been known since 2011. Previously, the study of the geproci property has taken place within the characteristic 0 setting; prior to the work in this thesis, a procedure has been known for creating an (a,b)-geproci half-grid for 4\leq a\leq b, but it was not known what other examples there can be. Furthermore, before the work in this thesis, only a few examples of geproci nontrivial non-grid non-half-grids were known and there was no known way to generate more. Here, we use geometry in the positive characteristic setting to give new methods of producing geproci half-grids and non-half-grids. We also pick up work that had been done in 2017 by Solomon Akesseh, who had proven that there are no unexpected cubics in characteristic 3 with distinct points and gave examples involving infinitely near points based on quasi-elliptic fibrations in characteristic 2. Each quasi-elliptic fibration has a Dynkin diagram. Here, in contrast, for each possible Dynkin diagram for a quasi-elliptic fibration in characteristic 3, we give an example of the fibration but show it does not give rise to an unexpected cubic. [Equations Omitted]

Subject Area

Mathematics|Theoretical Mathematics

Recommended Citation

Kettinger, Jake, "On the Superabundance of Singular Varieties in Positive Characteristic" (2023). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI30489213.