On the birational invariance of the BCOV torsion of Calabi-Yau threefold (joint with V. Maillot)

11 March 2016
Damian Rössler

Fang, Lu and Yoshikawa conjectured a few years ago that a certain string-theoretic invariant (originally introduced by the physicists M. Bershadsky, S. Cecotti, H. Ooguri, and C. Vafa) of Calabi-Yau threefolds is a birational invariant. This conjecture can be viewed as a "secondary" analog (in dimension three) of the birational invariance of Hodge numbers of Calabi-Yau varieties established by Batyrev and Kontsevich. Using the arithmetic Riemann-Roch theorem, we prove a weak form of this conjecture. 

  • Arithmetic Geometry Seminar