*In press*

**Inserted:** 3 jan 2018

**Last Updated:** 11 mar 2019

**Journal:** Mathematische Zeitschrift

**Year:** 2018

**Doi:** https://doi.org/10.1007/s00209-018-2225-8

**Abstract:**

In the present paper we introduce the class of slice-polynomial functions: slice regular functions {defined over the quaternions, outside the real axis,} whose restriction to any complex half-plane is a polynomial. These functions naturally emerge in the twistor interpretation of slice regularity introduced in \cite{gensalsto} and developed in \cite{AAtwistor}. To any slice-polynomial function $P$ we associate its {\em companion} $P^\vee$ and its {\em extension} to the real axis $P_\mathbb{R}$, that are quaternionic functions naturally related to $P$. Then, using the theory of twistor spaces, we are able to show that for any quaternion $q$ the {cardinality of simultaneous} pre-images of $q$ via $P$, $P^\vee$ and $P_\mathbb{R}$ is generically constant, giving a notion of degree. With the brand new tool of slice-polynomial functions, we {compute} the twistor discriminant locus of a cubic scroll $\mathcal{C}$ in $\mathbb{CP}^3$ and we conclude by giving some qualitative results on the complex structures induced by $\mathcal{C}$ via the twistor projection.

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SIR2014-AnHyC

, SIR-NEWHOLITE

, FIRB2012-DGGFT