Journal of Mathematical Sciences

, Volume 95, Issue 1, pp 2028–2048

K3 surfaces with interesting groups of automorphisms

  • V. V. Nikulin


By the fundamental result of I. I. Piatetsky-Shapiro and I. R. Shafarevich (1971), the automorphism group Aut(X) of aK3 surfaceX over ℂ and its action on the Picard latticeSX are prescribed by the Picard latticeSX. We use this result and our method (1980) to show the finiteness of the set of Picard latticesSX of rank ≥ 3 such that the automorphism group Aut(X) of theK3 surfaceX has a nontrivial invariant sublatticeS0 inSX where the group Aut(X) acts as a finite group. For hyperbolic and parabolic latticesS0, this has been proved by the author before (1980, 1995). Thus we extend these results to negative sublatticesS0.

We give several examples of Picard latticesSX with parabolic and negativeS0.

We also formulate the corresponding finiteness result for reflective hyperbolic lattices of hyperbolic type over purely real algebraic number fields. We give many examples of reflective hyperbolic lattices of the hyperbolic type.

These results are important for the theory of Lorentzian Kac-Moody algebras and mirror symmetry.


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© Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 1999

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