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In mathematics, a Catanese surface is one of the surfaces of general type introduced by Catanese (1981).

The construction starts with a quintic V with 20 double points. Let W be the surface obtained by blowing up the 20 double points. Suppose that W has a double cover X branched over the 20 exceptional −2-curves. Let Y be obtained from X by blowing down the 20 −1-curves in X. If there is a group of order 5 acting freely on all these surfaces, then the quotient Z of Y by this group of order 5 is a Catanese surface. Catanese found a 4-dimensional family of curves constructed like this.

The fundamental group is trivial. The irregularity and the geometric genus are both 0.
The Hodge diamond

0 0
0 8 0
0 0


Barth, Wolf P.; Hulek, Klaus; Peters, Chris A.M.; Van de Ven, Antonius (2004), Compact Complex Surfaces, Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete. 3. Folge. 4, Springer-Verlag, Berlin, ISBN 978-3-540-00832-3, MR 2030225
Catanese, F. (1981), "Babbage's conjecture, contact of surfaces, symmetric determinantal varieties and applications", Inventiones Mathematicae 63 (3): 433–465, doi:10.1007/BF01389064, ISSN 0020-9910, MR 620679

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