The Geometry and Moduli of K3 Surfaces

  • Andrew Harder
  • Alan ThompsonEmail author
Part of the Fields Institute Monographs book series (FIM, volume 34)


These notes will give an introduction to the theory of K3 surfaces. We begin with some general results on K3 surfaces, including the construction of their moduli space and some of its properties. We then move on to focus on the theory of polarized K3 surfaces, studying their moduli, degenerations and the compactification problem. This theory is then further enhanced to a discussion of lattice polarized K3 surfaces, which provide a rich source of explicit examples, including a large class of lattice polarizations coming from elliptic fibrations. Finally, we conclude by discussing the ample and Kähler cones of K3 surfaces, and give some of their applications.



A part of these notes were written while A. Thompson was in residence at the Fields Institute Thematic Program on Calabi-Yau Varieties: Arithmetic, Geometry and Physics; he would like to thank the Fields Institute for their support and hospitality. A. Harder was supported by an NSERC PGS D scholarship and a University of Alberta Doctoral Recruitment Scholarship. A. Thompson was supported by a Fields-Ontario-PIMS postdoctoral fellowship with funding provided by NSERC, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and an Alberta Advanced Education and Technology Grant.


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  1. 1.Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, 632 CABUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Department of Pure MathematicsUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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