European Journal of Mathematics

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 1035–1064 | Cite as

Two examples of affine homogeneous varieties

  • Marat Gizatullin
Research Article


The aim is to describe two homogeneous affine open sets in some projective spaces. The sets are well known, their groups of automorphisms contain simple exceptional groups of types \(E_6\) or \(E_7\), although the total groups of automorphisms are infinite-dimensional and both the sets are flexible. We prove existence of automorphisms not belonging to the connected components of unity, construct extended Weyl groups including these non-tame automorphisms. Our methods are based on classical combinatorics associated with 27 lines on non-singular cubic surfaces and with 56 exceptional curves on Del Pezzo surfaces of degree 2. Some traditional applications of Jordan algebras are used.


Flexible set Exceptional groups \(E_6 , E_7\) Jordan algebra Weyl group 

Mathematics Subject Classification

14R10 14R20 14L30 17B22 20G41 



First of all the author would like to express his gratitude to Ernest Vinberg, who attracted the attention of listeners to the subject during his lectures at the Moscow conference “Lie algebras, Algebraic Groups and Theory of Invariants” (January 30–February 4, 2017). His lecture from February, 4 was devoted to exceptional groups and the cubic form \(F_3\). The author also wishes to thank Ivan Cheltsov who encouraged to contribute to the collection dedicated to William Edge. The author is truly grateful to an anonymous referee for his/her efforts, remarks and comments.


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  1. 1.SamaraRussia

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