Geometrie Algebrique Reelle et Formes Quadratiques by J.-L. Colliot-Thelene, M. Coste, L. Mahe, M.-F. Roy

By J.-L. Colliot-Thelene, M. Coste, L. Mahe, M.-F. Roy

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Hm | aba = bab, [y, x] = [y, b] = 1, dxd−1 = xb, dbd−1 = x−1 , ab2 ab−4 = [d, y], ′ r1 = · · · = rn = rn+1 = 1, r1′ = · · · = rn′ = rn+1 = 1, ef e = f ef, [t, z] = [t, f ] = 1, szs−1 = zf, sf s−1 = z −1 , ef 2 ef −4 = [s, t], d = e−1 f, y = f −1 ef e−1 , a−1 b = s, b−1 aba−1 = t, [x, b] = [z, f ] , where gi , hi (i = 1, . . , m) and rj , rj′ (j = 1, . . , n) all lie in the normal subgroup N ′ generated by [x, b] = [z, f ]. Moreover, rn+1 is a word in x, a and elements of N , and rn+1 is a word in z, e and elements of N .

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Each fibre π −1 (x′ ), being finite, has a neighbourhood which is a disjoint union of open balls. Hence, using the ddc -lemma, one can find a smooth K¨ ahler cocycle (Ui , ϕi ) on X such that each Ui contains a fibre of π, with ω|Ui = ddc ϕi . One can then find a locally finite cover (Ui′ ) of X ′ such that Ui ⊃ π −1 (Ui′ ). A general property of branched covers is that the push-forward π∗ f of a continuous function f : X → R is again continuous (it is given by π∗ f (x′ ) = x∈π−1 (x′ ) f (x), where the points x are taken with multiplicities).