This article is concerned with an observation for proving non-existence of canonical Kahler metrics. The idea is to use a rather explicit type of degeneration that applies in many situations. Namely, in a variation on a theme introduced by Ross-Thomas, we consider flops of the deformation to the normal cone. This yields a rather widely applicable notion of stability that is still completely explicit and readily computable, but with wider scope. We describe some applications, among them, a proof of one direction of the Calabi conjecture for asymptotically logarithmic del Pezzo surfaces.
- 14E05, 32Q25 (Primary), 14J45, 53C25, 53C55 (Secondary)