Burkhardt quartic, Barth sextic, and the icosahedron

Ivan Cheltsov, Victor Przyjalkowski, Constantin Shramov

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We study two rational Fano threefolds with an action of the icosahedral group $\mathfrak{A}_5$. The first one is the famous Burkhardt quartic threefold, and the second one is the double cover of the projective space branched in the Barth sextic surface. We prove that both of them are $\mathfrak{A}_5$-Fano varieties that are $\mathfrak{A}_5$-birationally superrigid. This gives two new embeddings of the group $\mathfrak{A}_5$ into the space Cremona group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-21
JournalInternational Mathematics Research Notices
Publication statusPublished - 7 Oct 2017


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