Indexed on: 22 Jul '19Published on: 19 Jul '19Published in: arXiv - Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry
We prove Bogomolov's inequality for semistable sheaves on product type varieties in arbitrary characteristic. This gives the first examples of varieties with positive Kodaira dimension in positive characteristic on which Bogomolov's inequality holds for semistable sheaves of any rank. The key ingredient in the proof is a high rank generalization of the slope inequality established by Xiao and Cornalba-Harris. This Bogomolov's inequality is applied to study the positivity of linear systems and semistable sheaves and construct Bridgeland stability conditions on product type surfaces in positive characteristic. We also give some new counterexamples to Bogomolov's inequality and pose some open questions.