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Homogeneous Spaces and Degree 4 del Pezzo Surfaces.

Flynn, E. V. (2009) Homogeneous Spaces and Degree 4 del Pezzo Surfaces. Manuscripta Mathematica, 129 . pp. 369-380. ISSN 0025-2611


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It is known that, given a genus 2 curve C : y^2 = f(x), where f(x) is quintic and defined over a field K, of characteristic different from 2, and given a homogeneous space H_delta for complete 2-descent on the Jacobian of C, there is a V_delta (which we shall describe), which is a degree 4 del Pezzo surface defined over K, such that H_delta(K) nonempty implies V_delta(K) nonempty. We shall prove that every degree 4 del Pezzo surface V, defined over K, arises in this way; furthermore, we shall show explicitly how, given V, to find C and delta such that V = V_delta, up to a linear change in variable defined over K. We shall also apply this relationship to Hurlimann's example of a degree 4 del Pezzo surface violating the Hasse principle, and derive an explicit parametrised infinite family of genus 2 curves, defined over Q, whose Jacobians have nontrivial members of the Shafarevich-Tate group. This example will differ from previous examples in the literature by having only two Q-rational Weierstrass points.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:H - N > Number theory
Research Groups:Number Theory Group
ID Code:803
Deposited By: E. Victor Flynn
Deposited On:01 Sep 2009 07:34
Last Modified:29 May 2015 18:29

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