Local positivity in terms of Newton–Okounkov bodies

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© 2016 Elsevier Inc. In recent years, the study of Newton–Okounkov bodies on normal varieties has become a central subject in the asymptotic theory of linear series, after its introduction by Lazarsfeld–Mustaţă and Kaveh–Khovanskii. One reason for this is that they encode all numerical equivalence information of divisor classes (by work of Jow). At the same time, they can be seen as local positivity invariants, and Küronya–Lozovanu have studied them in depth from this point of view. We determine what information is encoded by the set of all Newton–Okounkov bodies of a big divisor with respect to flags centered at a fixed point of a surface, by showing that it determines and is determined by the numerical equivalence class of the divisor up to negative components in the Zariski decomposition that do not go through the fixed point.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)486-498
JournalAdvances in Mathematics
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Algebraic geometry
  • Algebraic surface
  • Big divisor
  • Linear system
  • Local positivity
  • Newton–Okounkov body
  • Positivity


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