Branched Holomorphic Cartan Geometries and Calabi–Yau Manifolds Article - 2019

Indranil Biswas, Sorin Dumitrescu

Indranil Biswas, Sorin Dumitrescu, « Branched Holomorphic Cartan Geometries and Calabi–Yau Manifolds  », Int.Math.Res.Not., 2019, pp. 7428-7458


We introduce the concept of a branched holomorphic Cartan geometry. It generalizes to higher dimension the definition of branched (flat) complex projective structure on a Riemann surface introduced by Mandelbaum [25]. This new framework is much more flexible than that of the usual holomorphic Cartan geometries. We show that all compact complex projective manifolds admit a branched flat holomorphic projective structure. We also give an example of a non-flat branched holomorphic normal projective structure on a compact complex surface. It is known that no compact complex surface admits such a structure with empty branching locus. We prove that non-projective compact simply connected Kähler Calabi–Yau manifolds do not admit any branched holomorphic projective structure. The key ingredient of its proof is the following result of independent interest :

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