Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2015

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The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in Van Vleck B223.

The schedule for the previous semester is here.

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Fall 2015 Schedule

date speaker title host(s)
September 18 Eric Riedl (UIC) Rational Curves on Hypersurfaces Jordan
September 25 David Zureick-Brown (Emory) Hilbert schemes of canonically embedded curves of low genus Jordan
October 2 Vasily Dolgushev (Temple) A manifestation of the Grothendieck-Teichmueller group in geometry Andrei
October 9 Laurentiu Maxim (Madison) Equivariant invariants of external and symmetric products of quasi-projective varieties local
October 16 Ed Dewey (Madison) Characteristic Classes of Cameral Covers local
October 23 Jesse Kass (South Carolina) How to count zeros arithmetically? Melanie
November 6 Eric Ramos (Wisconsin) TBA Daniel
November 20 Xudong Zheng (UIC) TBA Daniel
December 4 Steven Sam (UC Berkeley) TBA Local
December 11 Daniel Halpern-Leistner (Columbia) TBA Steven
January 29 Jay Yang (Wisconsin) Random Toric Surfaces Local

Abstracts

Eric Riedl

Rational Curves on Hypersurfaces

One way to understand the geometry of a variety is to understand its rational curves. Even for some relatively simple varieties, little is known about their spaces of rational curves. Many people have made previous progress on these questions, but there remain many open cases. In joint work with David Yang, we investigate the dimensions of the spaces of rational curves on very general hypersurfaces, and prove that for n > d+1 or d > (3n+1)/2, the spaces of rational curves have the expected dimension, as conjectured (in various cases) by several people, including Coskun, Harris and Starr, and Voisin. In this talk, we focus our attention particularly on the Fano case and try to motivate some of the ideas used to attack this problem.

David Zureick-Brown

Hilbert schemes of canonically embedded curves of low genus

I'll discuss new work (joint with Aaron Landesman) on smoothability of low genus curves.

Jess Kass

How to count zeros arithmetically?

A celebrated result of Eisenbud--Kimshaishvili--Levine computes the local Brouwer degree of a real polynomial function at an isolated zero as the signature of a quadratic form. I will discuss a parallel result in A1-homotopy theory, and time permitting, explain how to study a singularity by applying these results to the gradient of a defining equation. This is joint work with Kirsten Wickelgren.

Vasily Dolgushev

A manifestation of the Grothendieck-Teichmueller group in geometry

Inspired by Grothendieck’s lego-game, Vladimir Drinfeld introduced, in 1990, the Grothendieck-Teichmueller group GRT. This group has interesting links to the absolute Galois group of rationals, moduli of algebraic curves, solutions of the Kashiwara-Vergne problem, and theory of motives. My talk will be devoted to the manifestation of GRT in the extended moduli of algebraic varieties, which was conjectured by Maxim Kontsevich in 1999. My talk is partially based on the joint paper with Chris Rogers and Thomas Willwacher: http://arxiv.org/abs/1211.4230.

Laurentiu Maxim

Equivariant invariants of external and symmetric products of quasi-projective varieties

I will start by revisiting formulae for the generating series of genera of symmetric products (with suitable coefficients), which hold for complex quasi-projective varieties with any kind of singularities, and which include many of the classical results in the literature as special cases. Important specializations of these results include generating series for extensions of Hodge numbers and Hirzebruch genus to the singular setting and, in particular, generating series for intersection cohomology Hodge numbers and Goresky-MacPherson intersection cohomology signatures of symmetric products of complex projective varieties. In the second part of the talk, I will describe a generating series formula for equivariant invariants of external products, which includes all of the above-mentioned results as special cases. This is joint work with Joerg Schuermann.

Ed Dewey

Characteristic Classes of Cameral Covers

Cameral covers are what you get when you try to diagonalize a family of regular matrices. They form a nice algebraic stack, which means that one can define cohomological invariants of cameral covers by computing the cohomology ring of that stack. With rational coefficients this ring has a presentation in terms of hyperplane arrangements. My talk will be in the style of a "working seminar": I will explain what cameral covers are and try to make you like them, I will tell you what I know about their characteristic classes and the main ideas behind this computation, and then I will tell you where I am stuck.