For each k≥5k≥5, we construct a modular operad ¯¯¯¯Ekℰ¯k of “kk–log-canonically embedded” curves. We also construct, for k≥2k≥2, a stable cyclic operad ¯¯¯¯Ekcℰ¯ck of such curves, and, for k≥1k≥1, a cyclic operad ¯¯¯¯Ek0,cℰ¯0,ck of “kk–log-canonically embedded” rational curves.
The quantum period of a variety X is a generating function for certain Gromov-Witten invariants of X which plays an important role in mirror symmetry. In this paper we compute the quantum periods of all 3-dimensional Fano manifolds. In particular we show that 3-dimensional Fano manifolds with very ample anticanonical bundle have mirrors given by a collection of Laurent polynomials called Minkowski polynomials. This was conjectured in joint work with Golyshev. It suggests a new approach to the classification of Fano manifolds: by proving an appropriate mirror theorem and then classifying Fano mirrors. Our methods are likely to be of independent interest. We rework the Mori-Mukai classification of 3-dimensional Fano manifolds, showing that each of them can be expressed as the zero locus of a section of a homogeneous vector bundle over a GIT quotient V/G, where G is a product of groups of the form GL_n(C) and V is a representation of G. When G=GL_1(C)^r, this expresses the Fano 3-fold as a toric complete intersection; in the remaining cases, it expresses the Fano 3-fold as a tautological subvariety of a Grassmannian, partial flag manifold, or projective bundle thereon. We then compute the quantum periods using the Quantum Lefschetz Hyperplane Theorem of Coates-Givental and the Abelian/non-Abelian correspondence of Bertram-Ciocan-Fontanine-Kim-Sabbah.
A Hermitian metric ω on a complex manifold is called SKT or pluriclosed if ddcω=0. Let M be a twistor space of a compact, anti-selfdual Riemannian manifold, admitting a pluriclosed Hermitian metric. We prove that in this case M is Kähler, hence isomorphic to CP3 or a flag space. This result is obtained from rational connectedness of the twistor space, due to F Campana. As an aside, we prove that the moduli space of rational curves on the twistor space of a K3 surface is Stein.