K-stability of cubic threefolds

Yuchen Liu, Chenyang Xu

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We prove that the K-moduli space of cubic threefolds is identical to their geometric invariant theory (GIT) moduli. More precisely, the K-semistability, K-polystability, and K-stability of cubic threefolds coincide with the corresponding GIT stabilities, which could be explicitly calculated. In particular, this implies that all smooth cubic threefolds admit Kähler-Einstein (KE) metrics and provides a precise list of singular KE ones. To achieve this, our main new contribution is an estimate in dimension 3 of the volumes of Kawamata log terminal singularities introduced by Chi Li. This is obtained via a detailed study of the classification of 3-dimensional canonical and terminal singularities, which was established during the study of the explicit 3-dimensional minimal model program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2029-2073
Number of pages45
JournalDuke Mathematical Journal
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Mathematics


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