Mathematics Colloquium

Hubert Flenner

(Ruhr-Universitšt Bochum)

"Flexible varieties and infinite transitivity of automorphism groups"

Date: Mon, April 16, 2012
Time: 17:15
Place: Research II Lecture Hall

Abstract: Given an affine algebraic variety $X$ of dimension $n\ge 2$, we let SAut$(X)$ denote the special automorphism group of $X$ i.e., the subgroup of the full automorphism group Aut$(X)$ generated by all one-parameter unipotent subgroups. We show that if SAut$(X)$ is transitive on the smooth locus Reg$(X)$ then it is infinitely transitive on Reg$(X)$, i.e. $n$-transitive for every $n$. In turn, the transitivity is equivalent to the flexibility of $X$. The latter means that for every smooth point $x\in X$ the tangent space $T_xX$ is spanned by the velocity vectors at $x$ of one-parameter unipotent subgroups of Aut$(X)$. We provide also various modifications and applications.