Cubic fourfolds containing a plane and a quantic del Pezzo surface
Auel, Asher; Bernardara, Marcello; Bolognesi, Michele; Várilly-Alvarado, Anthony
We isolate a class of smooth rational cubic fourfolds X containing a plane whose associated quadric surface bundle does not have a rational section. This is equivalent to the nontriviality of the Brauer class β of the even Clifford algebra over the K3 surface S of degree 2 arising from X. Specifically, we show that in the moduli space of cubic fourfolds, the intersection of divisors C8 ∩ C14 has five irreducible components. In the component corresponding to the existence of a tangent conic, we prove that the general member is both pfaffian and has β nontrivial. Such cubic fourfolds provide twisted derived equivalences between K3 surfaces of degrees 2 and 14, hence further corroboration of Kuznetsov’s derived categorical conjecture on the rationality of cubic fourfolds.
cubic fourfold; quadric surface bundle; K3 surface; rationality; derived category