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Del Pezzo surfaces over finite fields

Let X be a del Pezzo surface of degree 2 or greater over a finite field 𝔽_q. The image Γ of the Galois group Gal(\bar{𝔽}_q / 𝔽_q) in the group Aut(Pic(\bar{X})) is a cyclic subgroup preserving the anticanonical class and the intersection form. The conjugacy class of Γ in the subgroup of Aut(Pic(\bar{X})) preserving the anticanonical class and the intersection form is a natural invariant of X. We say that the conjugacy class of Γ in Aut(Pic(\bar{X})) is the type of a del Pezzo surface. In this paper we study which types of del Pezzo surfaces of degree 2 or greater can be realized for given q. We collect known results about this problem and fill the gaps.