We introduce complex singularity exponents of plurisubharmonic functions and prove a general semi-continuity result for them. This concept contains as a special case several similar concepts which have been considered e.g. by Arnold and Varchenko, mostly for the study of hypersurface singularities. The plurisubharmonic version is somehow based on a reduction to the algebraic case, but it also takes into account more quantitative informations of great interest for complex analysis and complex differential geometry. We give as an application a new derivation of criteria for the existence of Kähler-Einstein metrics on certain Fano orbifolds, following Nadel's original ideas (but with a drastic simplication in the technique, once the semi-continuity result is taken for granted). In this way, three new examples of rigid Kähler-Einstein Del Pezzo surfaces with quotient singularities are obtained.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||32|
|Journal||Annales Scientifiques de l'Ecole Normale Superieure|
|State||Published - Jul 2001|
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