geometry, complex numbers, complex line
$dim = 1$: Riemann surface, super Riemann surface
A K3 surface is a Calabi-Yau variety of dimension $2$ (a Calabi-Yau algebraic surface/complex surface). This means that the canonical bundle $\omega_X=\wedge^2\Omega_X\simeq \mathcal{O}_X$ is trivial and $H^1(X, \mathcal{O}_X)=0$.
The term “K3” is
in honor of Kummer, Kähler, Kodaira, and the beautiful K2 mountain in Kashmir
A cyclic cover of $\mathbb{P}^2$ branched over a curve of degree $6$.
A nonsingular degree $4$ hypersurface in $\mathbb{P}^3$, such as the Fermat quartic? $\{[w,x,y,z] \in \mathbb{P}^3 | w^4 + x^4 + y^4 + z^4 = 0\}$ (in fact every K3 surface over $\mathbb{C}$ is diffeomorphic to this example).
The flat orbifold quotient of the 4-torus by the sign involution on all four canonical coordinates is the flat compact 4-dimensional orbifold known as the Kummer surface $T^4 \sslash \mathbb{Z}_2$, a singular K3-surface (e.g. Bettiol-Derdzinski-Piccione 18, 5.5)
Over the complex numbers K3 surfaces are all Kähler, and even hyperkähler.
The only known examples of compact hyperkähler manifolds are Hilbert schemes of points $X^{[n+1]}$ (for $n \in \mathbb{N}$) for $X$ either
a 4-torus (in which case the compact hyperkähler manifolds is really the fiber of $(\mathbb{T}^4)^{[n]} \to \mathbb{T}^4$)
(Beauville 83) and two exceptional examples (O’Grady 99, O’Grady 03 ), see Sawon 04, Sec. 5.3.
(integral cohomology of K3-surface)
The integral cohomology of a K3-surface $X$ is
(e.g. Barth-Peters-Van den Ven 84, VIII Prop. 3.2)
(Betti numbers of a K3-surface)
The Hodge diamond? is completely determined (even in positive characteristic) and hence the Hodge-de Rham spectral sequence degenerates at $E_1$. This also implies that the Betti numbers are completely determined as $1, 0, 22, 0, 1$:
(e.g. Barth-Peters-Van den Ven 84, VIII Prop. 3.3)
(K3-surface spans SU-bordism ring in degree 4)
The canonical degree-4 generator $y_4 \in \Omega^{SU}_4$ in the SU-bordism ring (this Prop.) is represented by minus the class of any (non-torus) K3-surface:
(LLP 17, Lemma 1.5, Example 3.1, CLP 19, Theorem 13.5a, see at Calabi-Yau manifolds in SU-bordism theory)
We discuss some characteristic classes of (the tangent bundle of) K3, and their evaluation on (the fundamental class of) $K3$ (i.e. their integration over $K3$).
(Euler characteristic of K3)
The Euler characteristic of K3 is 24:
(second Chern class of K3)
The second Chern class of K3 evaluates to 24:
For every closed complex manifold the evaluation of the top degree Chern class equals the Euler characteristic. Hence the statement follows from Prop. .
(first Chern class of K3)
The first Pontryagin class of K3 evaluates to 48:
(see also e.g. Duff-Liu-Minasian 95 (5.10))
For a complex manifold the first Pontryagin class is the following polynomial in the first Chern class and the second Chern class. By Prop. the first Chern class vanishes, and by Prop. the second Chern class evaluates to 24:
Now consider the Cartesian product space $K3 \times K3$.
See also at C-field tadpole cancellation the section Integrality on $K3 \times K3$.
(Euler characteristic of K3$\times$K3)
The Euler characteristic of $K3 \times K3$ is $24^2$:
By the Whitney sum formula for the Euler class we have $\chi_8[K3 \times K3] = (\chi_4[K3])^2$. Hence the statement follows by Prop. .
(first Pontryagin class of K3$\times$K3)
The first Pontryagin class evaluated on $K3 \times K3$ is:
By the general formula for Pontryagin classes of product spaces we have
Now consider the Cartesian product space $K3 \times X^4$ of K3 with some 4-manifold.
(Euler characteristic of K3$\times X^4$)
The Euler characteristic of $K3 \times K3$ is $24$ times the Euler characteristic of $X^4$:
By the Whitney sum formula for the Euler class we have $\chi_8[K3 \times X^4] = \chi_4[K3] \cdot \chi_4[X^4]$. Hence the statement follows by Prop. .
(first Pontryagin class of K3$\times X^4$)
The first Pontryagin class evaluated on $K3 \times X^4$ is:
By the general formula for Pontryagin classes of product spaces we have
In positive characteristic $p$:
The Néron-Severi group of a K3 is a free abelian group
The formal Brauer group is
either the formal additive group, in which case it has height $h = \infty$, by definition;
or its height is $1 \leq h \leq 10$, and every value may occur
(Artin 74), see also (Artin-Mazur 77, p. 5 (of 46))
moduli spaces of line n-bundles with connection on $n$-dimensional $X$
See
Original sources include
Michael Artin, Supersingular K3 Surfaces, Annal. Sc. d, l’Éc Norm. Sup. 4e séries, T. 7, fasc. 4, 1974, pp. 543-568
Andre Weil, Final report on contract AF 18 (603)-57. In Scientific works. Collected papers. Vol. II (1951-1964). 1979.
Textbook accounts include
Lecture notes include
Daniel Huybrechts, Lectures on K3-surfaces (pdf)
David Morrison, The geometry of K3 surfaces Lecture notes (1988)
Viacheslav Nikulin, Elliptic fibrations on K3 surfaces (arXiv:1010.3904)
Discussion of the deformation theory of K3-surfaces (of their Picard schemes) is (see also at Artin-Mazur formal group) in
Systematic construction of Ricci flat Riemannian metrics on K3 orbifolds:
Shamit Kachru, Arnav Tripathy, Max Zimet, K3 metrics (arXiv:2006.02435)
Arnav Tripathy, Max Zimet, A plethora of K3 metrics (arXiv:2010.12581)
In string theory, the KK-compactification of type IIA string theory/M-theory/F-theory on K3-fibers is supposed to exhibit te duality between M/F-theory and heterotic string theory, originally due to
Chris Hull, Paul Townsend, section 6 of Unity of Superstring Dualities, Nucl.Phys.B438:109-137,1995 (arXiv:hep-th/9410167)
Edward Witten, section 4 of String Theory Dynamics In Various Dimensions, Nucl.Phys.B443:85-126,1995 (arXiv:hep-th/9503124)
Review includes
Further discussion includes
Paul Aspinwall, David Morrison, String Theory on K3 Surfaces, in Brian Greene, Shing-Tung Yau (eds.), Mirror Symmetry II, International Press, Cambridge, 1997, pp. 703-716 (arXiv:hep-th/9404151)
Paul Aspinwall, Enhanced Gauge Symmetries and K3 Surfaces, Phys.Lett. B357 (1995) 329-334 (arXiv:hep-th/9507012)
Specifically in relation to orbifold string theory:
Specifically in relation to the putative K-theory-classification of D-brane charge:
Specifically in M-theory on G2-manifolds:
Specifically in relation to Moonshine:
Specifically in relation to little string theory:
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