The Craighero-Gattazzo surface is simply-connected

The Craighero-Gattazzo surface is simply-connected

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Julie Rana , University of Minnesota
Fine Hall 322

We show that the Craighero-Gattazzo surface, the minimal resolution of an explicit complex quintic surface with four elliptic singularities, is simply-connected. This was first conjectured by Dolgachev and Werner, who proved that its fundamental group has trivial profinite completion. This makes the Craighero-Gattazzo surface the only explicitly known example of a smooth simply-connected complex surface of geometric genus zero with ample canonical class. The proof utilizes an interesting technique: to prove a topological fact about a complex surface we use algebraic reduction mod p and deformation theory.