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Star products of Green's currents and automorphic forms

J. Jorgenson and J. Kramer

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In previous work, the authors computed archimedian heights of hermitian line bundles on families of polarized, n-dimensional abelian varieties. In this paper, a detailed analysis of the results obtained in the setting of abelian fibrations is given, and it is shown that the proofs can be modified in such a way that they no longer depend on the specific setting of abelian fibrations and hence extend to a quite general situation. Specifically, we let f : XY be any family of smooth, projective, n-dimensional complex varieties over some base, and consider a line bundle on X equipped with a smooth, hermitian metric. To this data is associated a hermitian line bundle M on Y characterized by conditions on the first Chern class. Under mild additional hypotheses, it is shown that, for generically chosen sections of L, the integral of the (n+1)-fold star product of Green's currents associated to the sections, integrated along the fibers of f, is the log-norm of a global section of M. Furthermore, it is proven that in certain general settings the global section of M can be explicitly expressed in terms of point evaluations of the original sections. A particularly interesting example of this general result appears in the setting of polarized Enriques surfaces when M is a moduli space of degree-2 polarizations. In this setting, the global section constructed via Green's currents is equal to a power of the Φ-function first studied by R. Borcherds. Additional examples and problems are presented.

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Duke Math. J., Volume 106, Number 3 (2001), 553-580.

First available in Project Euclid: 13 August 2004

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Primary: 11F55: Other groups and their modular and automorphic forms (several variables)
Secondary: 11F23: Relations with algebraic geometry and topology 14G40: Arithmetic varieties and schemes; Arakelov theory; heights [See also 11G50, 37P30] 14J28: $K3$ surfaces and Enriques surfaces 32N10: Automorphic forms


Jorgenson, J.; Kramer, J. Star products of Green's currents and automorphic forms. Duke Math. J. 106 (2001), no. 3, 553--580. doi:10.1215/S0012-7094-01-10635-2. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.dmj/1092403942

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