Ring-theoretic blowing down II: Birational transformations

D. Rogalski, Susan J Sierra, J. T. Stafford

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One of the major open problems in noncommutative algebraic geometry is the classification of noncommutative projective surfaces (or, slightly more generally, of noetherian connected graded domains of Gelfand-Kirillov dimension 3). In a companion paper the authors described a noncommutative version of blowing down and, for example, gave a noncommutative analogue of Castelnuovo's classic theorem that lines of self-intersection (-1) on a smooth surface can be contracted.
In this paper we will use these techniques to construct explicit birational transformations between various noncommutative surfaces containing an elliptic curve. Notably we show that Van den Bergh's quadrics can be obtained from the Sklyanin algebra by suitably blowing up and down, and we also provide a noncommutative analogue of the classical Cremona transform. This extends and amplifies earlier work of Presotto and Van den Bergh.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages45
JournalJournal of Noncommutative Geometry
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 8 Mar 2022


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