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Classification of moduli spaces of arrangements of nine projective lines

Fei Ye

Vol. 265 (2013), No. 1, 243–256

In the study of line arrangements, searching for minimal examples of line arrangements whose fundamental groups are not combinatorially invariant is a very interesting and hard problem. It is known that such a minimal arrangement must have at least 9 lines. In this paper, we extend the number to 10 by a new method. We classify arrangements of 9 projective lines according to the irreducibility of their moduli spaces and show that fundamental groups of complements of arrangements of 9 projective lines are combinatorially invariant. The idea and results have been used to classify arrangements of 10 projective lines.

line arrangements, moduli spaces
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 14N20, 32S22, 52C35
Received: 3 July 2012
Revised: 13 November 2012
Accepted: 11 February 2013
Published: 28 August 2013
Fei Ye
Department of Mathematics
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong