[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We construct general type surfaces in mixed characteristic whose geometric genera can be made to jump by an arbitrarily prescribed positive amount under specialization. We then show that this phenomenon of jumping geometric genus presents itself in some compact Shimura surfaces. Finally, we find a set of conditions, met by the latter Shimura surfaces, that forces the higher plurigenera to remain constant in reduction modulo p.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We show that conjugation by an automorphism of the complex numbers (as an abstract field) may change the topological fundamental group of a locally symmetric variety over C. As a consequence, we obtain a large class of algebraic varieties defined over number fields with the property that different embeddings of the number field into C give complex varieties with nonisomorphic fundamental groups.
American Journal of Mathematics 05/2008; · 1.35 Impact Factor