Surfaces in ℙ4 with extremal general hyperplane section

Nadia Chiarli, Silvio Greco, Uwe Nagel

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Optimal upper bounds for the cohomology groups of space curves have been derived recently. Curves attaining all these bounds are called extremal curves. This note is a step to analyze the corresponding problems for surfaces. We state optimal upper bounds for the second and third cohomology groups of surfaces in δp4 and show that surfaces attaining all these bounds exist and must have an extremal curve as general hyperplane section. Surprisingly, all the first cohomology groups of such surfaces vanish. It follows that an extremal curve does not lift to a locally Cohen-Macaulay surface unless the curve is arithmetically Cohen-Macaulay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-87
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Algebra
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 1 2002

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
E-mail addresses: [email protected] (N. Chiarli), [email protected] (S. Greco), [email protected] (U. Nagel). 1 Supported by GNSAGA-INDAM, MIUR and the VIGONI program of CRUI and DAAD. 2 The author was partially supported by the VIGONI program of CRUI and DAAD.


  • Cohomoloy group
  • Extremal curve
  • Liaison
  • Surface

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory


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