The $W(E_6)$-invariant birational geometry of the moduli space of marked cubic surfaces

Nolan Schock
Mathematics, Algebraic Geometry, Algebraic Geometry (math.AG)
2023-09-25 16:00:00
The moduli space $Y = Y(E_6)$ of marked cubic surfaces is one of the most classical moduli spaces in algebraic geometry, dating back to the nineteenth century work of Cayley and Salmon. Modern interest in $Y$ was restored in the 1980s by Naruki's explicit construction of a $W(E_6)$-equivariant smooth projective compactification $\overline{Y}$ of $Y$, and in the 2000s by Hacking, Keel, and Tevelev's construction of the KSBA stable pair compactification $\widetilde{Y}$ of $Y$ as a natural sequence of blowups of $\overline{Y}$. We describe generators for the cones of $W(E_6)$-invariant effective divisors and curves of both $\overline{Y}$ and $\widetilde{Y}$. For Naruki's compactification $\overline{Y}$, we further obtain a complete stable base locus decomposition of the $W(E_6)$-invariant effective cone, and as a consequence find several new $W(E_6)$-equivariant birational models of $\overline{Y}$. Furthermore, we fully describe the log minimal model program for the KSBA compactification $\widetilde{Y}$, with respect to the divisor $K_{\widetilde{Y}} + cB + dE$, where $B$ is the boundary and $E$ is the sum of the divisors parameterizing marked cubic surfaces with Eckardt points.
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