Harvard-MIT Algebraic Geometry Seminar: Obstructions to rationality for conic bundle threefolds
SEMINARS, HARVARD-MIT ALGEBRAIC GEOMETRY
Bianca Viray - University of Washington
Benoist and Wittenberg recently introduced a new rationality obstruction that refines the classical the Clemens--Griffiths intermediate Jacobian obstruction to rationality, and exhibited its strength by showing that this new obstruction characterizes rationality for intersections of two quadrics. We show that this phenomenon does not extend to all geometrically rational threefolds. We construct examples of conic bundle threefolds over P^2 that have no refined intermediate Jacobian obstruction to rationality, yet fail to be rational. This is joint work with S. Frei, L. Ji, S. Sankar, and I. Vogt.