Indexed on: 30 May '14Published on: 30 May '14Published in: Mathematics - Algebraic Geometry
In a series of two articles Kebekus studied deformation theory of minimal rational curves on contact Fano manifolds. Such curves are called contact lines. Kebekus proved that a contact line through a general point is necessarily smooth and has a fixed standard splitting type of the restricted tangent bundle. In this paper we study singular contact lines and those with special splitting type. We provide restrictions on the families of such lines, and on contact Fano varieties which have reducible varieties of minimal rational tangents. We also show that the results about singular lines naturally generalise to complex contact manifolds, which are not necessarily Fano, for instance, quasi-projective contact manifolds or contact manifolds of Fujiki class C. In particular, in many cases the dimension of a family of singular lines is at most 2 less than the dimension of the contact manifold.