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Lectures on K3 Surfaces
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Preface; 1. Basic definitions; 2. Linear systems; 3. Hodge structures; 4. Kuga-Satake construction; 5. Moduli spaces of polarised K3 surfaces; 6. Periods; 7. Surjectivity of the period map and Global Torelli; 8. Ample cone and Kahler cone; 9. Vector bundles on K3 surfaces; 10. Moduli spaces of sheaves on K3 surfaces; 11. Elliptic K3 surfaces; 12. Chow ring and Grothendieck group; 13. Rational curves on K3 surfaces; 14. Lattices; 15. Automorphisms; 16. Derived categories; 17. Picard group; 18. Brauer group.

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Simple enough for detailed study, rich enough to show interesting behavior, K3 surfaces illuminate core methods in algebraic geometry.

About the Author

Daniel Huybrechts is a professor at the Mathematical Institute of the University of Bonn. He previously held positions at the Universite Denis Diderot Paris 7 and the University of Cologne. He is interested in algebraic geometry, particularly special geometries with rich algebraic, analytic, and arithmetic structures. His current work focuses on K3 surfaces and higher dimensional analogues. He has published four books.

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'K3 surfaces play something of a magical role in algebraic geometry and neighboring areas. They arise in astonishingly varied contexts, and the study of K3 surfaces has propelled the development of many of the most powerful tools in the field. The present lectures provide a comprehensive and wide-ranging survey of this fascinating subject. Suitable both for study and as a reference work, and written with Huybrechts's usual clarity of exposition, this book is destined to become the standard text on K3 surfaces.' Rob Lazarsfeld, State University of New York, Stony Brook
'This book will be extremely valuable to all mathematicians who are interested in K3 surfaces and related topics. It not only serves as an excellent introduction, but also covers a wide variety of advanced subjects, ranging from complex geometry to derived geometry and arithmetic.' Klaus Hulek, Leibniz Universitat Hannover
'Since the nineteenth century, K3 surfaces have been a source of intriguing examples, problems and theorems. Huybrechts' book is a beautiful and reader-friendly presentation of the main results regarding this special class of varieties. The author fully succeeded in illustrating the richness of concepts and techniques which come into play in the theory of K3 surfaces.' Kieran G. O'Grady, Universita degli Studi di Roma 'La Sapienza', Italy
'K3 surfaces play a ubiquitous role in algebraic geometry. At first glance they seem to be well understood and easy to describe, still they provide non-trivial examples of the most fundamental concepts: Hodge structures, moduli spaces, Chow ring, vector bundles, Picard and Brauer groups ... Huybrechts' book, written with the usual talent of the author, is the first to cover systematically all these aspects. It will be an invaluable reference for algebraic geometers.' Arnaud Beauville, Universite de Nice, Sophia Antipolis
'... the book covers many subjects and recent developments, and contains an encyclopedic total of 655 references, which will be very useful for researchers and graduate students. A reader who opens any page of the book will enjoy the subject there. This book will become one's favorite book.' Shigeyuki Kondo, MathSciNet
'The book is a welcome addition to the literature, especially since its scope ranges from a very good introduction to K3 surfaces to the more recent advances on these surfaces and related topics.' Felipe Zaldivar, MAA Reviews
"K3 surfaces play something of a magical role in algebraic geometry and neighboring areas. They arise in astonishingly varied contexts, and the study of K3 surfaces has propelled the development of many of the most powerful tools in the field. The present lectures provide a comprehensive and wide-ranging survey of this fascinating subject. Suitable both for study and as a reference work, and written with Huybrechts's usual clarity of exposition, this book is destined to become the standard text on K3 surfaces." Rob Lazarsfeld, State University of New York, Stony Brook
"This book will be extremely valuable to all mathematicians who are interested in K3 surfaces and related topics. It not only serves as an excellent introduction, but also covers a wide variety of advanced subjects, ranging from complex geometry to derived geometry and arithmetic." Klaus Hulek, Leibniz Universitat Hannover
"Since the nineteenth century, K3 surfaces have been a source of intriguing examples, problems and theorems. Huybrechts' book is a beautiful and reader-friendly presentation of the main results regarding this special class of varieties. The author fully succeeded in illustrating the richness of concepts and techniques which come into play in the theory of K3 surfaces." Kieran G. O'Grady, Universita degli Studi di Roma `La Sapienza', Italy
"K3 surfaces play a ubiquitous role in algebraic geometry. At first glance they seem to be well understood and easy to describe, still they provide non-trivial examples of the most fundamental concepts: Hodge structures, moduli spaces, Chow ring, vector bundles, Picard and Brauer groups ... Huybrechts' book, written with the usual talent of the author, is the first to cover systematically all these aspects. It will be an invaluable reference for algebraic geometers." Arnaud Beauville, Universite de Nice, Sophia Antipolis
'... the book covers many subjects and recent developments, and contains an encyclopedic total of 655 references, which will be very useful for researchers and graduate students. A reader who opens any page of the book will enjoy the subject there. This book will become one's favorite book.' Shigeyuki Kondo, MathSciNet
'The book is a welcome addition to the literature, especially since its scope ranges from a very good introduction to K3 surfaces to the more recent advances on these surfaces and related topics.' Felipe Zaldivar, MAA Reviews

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