ABSTRACT: The symmetric varieties considered in this paper are the quotientsG/H, whereG is an adjoint semi-simple group over a fieldk of characteristic 2, andH is the fixed point group of an involutorial automorphism ofG which is defined overk. In the casek=C, De Concini and Procesi (1983) constructed a wonderful compactification ofG/H. We prove the existence of such a compactification for arbitraryk. We also prove cohomology vanishing results for line bundles on the compactification.
Transformation Groups 05/1999; 4(2):273-300. · 0.69 Impact Factor