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The structure of Frobenius kernels for automorphism group schemes

Stefan Schröer and Nikolaos Tziolas

Vol. 17 (2023), No. 9, 1637–1680
DOI: 10.2140/ant.2023.17.1637

We establish structure results for Frobenius kernels of automorphism group schemes for surfaces of general type in positive characteristic. It turns out that there are surprisingly few possibilities. This relies on properties of the famous Witt algebra, which is a simple Lie algebra without finite-dimensional counterpart over the complex numbers, together with its twisted forms. The result actually holds true for arbitrary proper integral schemes under the assumption that the Frobenius kernel has large isotropy group at the generic point. This property is measured by a new numerical invariant called the foliation rank.

automorphism group schemes, restricted lie algebras, surfaces of general type, foliations
Mathematical Subject Classification
Primary: 14L15, 14J50, 14G17, 14J29, 17B50, 13N15
Received: 17 March 2022
Revised: 15 June 2022
Accepted: 18 August 2022
Published: 9 September 2023
Stefan Schröer
Mathematisches Institut
Nikolaos Tziolas
Department of Mathematics and Statistics
University of Cyprus

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