Research
This page describes my research interests.
My research interests are in algebraic geometry. I am one of the
organisers of
the COW
seminar. I also used to act as deputy coordinator of the British
(Warwick) node of the European algebraic geometry
network EAGER. It no
longer exists as a network, but the mailing list is still active.
Much of my recent work has been on locally symmetric varieties and
their compactifications, especially using the existence of special
modular forms to extract geometric information, and examining the
combinatorics that go on in the boundary. Mostly in the past I have
been concerned with moduli of abelian varieties and thus with the
symplectic group, but more recently I have spent more effort on
orthogonal groups and especially on K3 surfaces and hyperkähler manifolds.
My research students
 Alfio Marini graduated in 2002.
Alfio Marini's
thesis as Postscript or
PDF.
 Al Kasprzyk
graduated in 2006.
Al Kasprzyk's thesis
as Postscript
or PDF.

Marco Lo Giudice
graduated in 2006 with a Ph.D. at the Università di Milano.
Marco Lo Giudice's thesis as Postscript or
PDF.

Nathan Broomhead
graduated in 2009. He was supervised by
Alastair King and me
jointly.
Nathan Broomhead's thesis as Postscript or
PDF.

Lisema Rammea
graduated in 2009.
Lisema Rammea's thesis as Postscript or
PDF.

Pawel Borowka graduated in 2012.

Atika Ahmed started in February 2010.

Acyr Locatelli is supervised by
James Davenport
and me jointly. He started in October 2011.

Matthew Dawes started in
October 2011.
Here are some recent papers of mine:

Moduli of K3 surfaces and irreducible symplectic manifolds [ps] [pdf]
V. Gritsenko, K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran.
arXiv:1012.4155 To appear in Handbook of Moduli.

On some lattice computations related to moduli problems [ps] [pdf]
A. Peterson and G.K. Sankaran, with an appendix by V. Gritsenko.
Rend. Sem. Mat. Univ. Pol. Torino 68 No. 3 (2010), 289304.
There is a supplement
containing the computer programs used in this paper.

Moduli spaces of polarised symplectic O'Grady varieties and Borcherds products [ps] [pdf]
V. Gritsenko, K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran.
J. Differential Geometry 88 No. 1 (2011), 6185

Smooth rationally connected threefolds contain all smooth curves [ps] [pdf]
G.K. Sankaran.
In: W. Ebeling, K. Hulek & K. Smoczyk (Eds.), Complex and Differential Geometry, Springer Proceedings in Mathematics 8 (2011), 393402.

Boundedness for surfaces in weighted projective 4spaces [ps] [pdf]
L.V. Rammea and G.K. Sankaran.
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 139 (2011), 33933403.

Abelianisation of orthogonal groups and the fundamental group of
modular varieties [ps] [pdf]
V. Gritsenko, K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran.
J. Algebra 322 (2009), 463478.

Moduli spaces of irreducible symplectic manifolds [ps] [pdf]
V. Gritsenko, K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran.
Compositio Math. 146 (2010) 404434.

The moduli space of étale double covers of genus 5 curves is
unirational [ps] [pdf]
E. Izadi, M. Lo Giudice and G.K. Sankaran.
Pacific J. Math. 239 (2009), 3952.

Numerical obstructions to abelian surfaces in toric Fano 4folds [ps] [pdf]
G.K. Sankaran.
Kodai Math. J. 31 (2008), 120.
(This, among other things, corrects the error in Abelian surfaces
in toric 4folds, below.)

HirzebruchMumford proportionality and locally symmetric varieties
of orthogonal type [ps] [pdf]
V. Gritsenko, K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran.
Documenta Math. 13 (2008), 119.

The Kodaira dimension of the moduli of K3 surfaces [ps] [pdf]
V. Gritsenko, K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran.
Invent. Math. 167 (2007), 519567.
The
original publication is available at
www.springerlink.com.

The HirzebruchMumford volume for the orthogonal group and
applications [ps] [pdf]
V. Gritsenko, K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran.
Documenta Math. 12 (2007), 215241.

The nef cone of toroidal compactifications of
A_{4} [ps] [pdf]
K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran.
Proc. London Math. Soc. 88 (2004), 659704.

Abelian surfaces with odd bilevel structure
[ps] [pdf]
G.K. Sankaran.
In: M. Reid, A. Skorobogatov (Eds.), Number theory and algebraic
geometry, London Math. Soc. Lecture Note Series,
303 (2003), 279300.

The moduli space of bilevel6 abelian surfaces [ps] [pdf]
G.K. Sankaran and J. Spandaw.
Nagoya Math. J. 168 (2002), 113125.

Das Titsgebäude von Siegelschen Modulgruppen vom Geschlecht
2 [ps] [pdf]
M. Friedland and G.K. Sankaran.
Abh. Math. Sem. Univ. Hamburg 71 (2001), 4968.
(In German; but there is a supplement with an
English summary [ps]
[pdf]
and some pictures)

Algebraic construction of normalized coprime factors for delay
systems [ps] [pdf]
J.R. Partington and G.K. Sankaran.
Math. Control Signals Systems 15 (2002), 112.
(I know nothing about this subject)

The geometry of Siegel modular varieties [ps] [pdf]
K. Hulek and G.K. Sankaran. In: S. Mori, Y. Miyaoka (Eds.),
Higher Dimensional Birational Geometry,
Advanced Studies in Pure Mathematics 35 (2002), 89156.
(A survey article)

Abelian surfaces in toric 4folds [ps] [pdf]
G.K. Sankaran.
Math. Ann. 313 (1999), 409427.
Warning: this paper contains a significant error. Here
is a correction. [ps] [pdf]

Degenerations of (1,3) abelian surfaces and Kummer surfaces [ps] [pdf]
K. Hulek, I. Nieto and G.K. Sankaran.
In: P. Pragacz, M. Szurek, J. Wisniewski (Eds.),
Algebraic Geometry: Hirzebruch 70,
AMS Contemporary Mathematics 241 (1999), 177192.

Heisenberginvariant Kummer surfaces [ps] [pdf]
K. Hulek, I. Nieto and G.K. Sankaran.
Proc. Edin. Math. Soc. 43 (2000), 425439.
Other pages of mine:
Last modified 23rd September, 2011.
Maintained by:
G.K.Sankaran@bath.ac.uk