stanford algebraic geometry seminar 2022-2023

The Stanford Algebraic Geometry Seminar meets online, usually Fridays at noon pacific time.

Register in advance for the seminar:

Then attend the seminar: (pwd 362880)

date and timespeakertitlelinks
(noon Pacific unless otherwise specified)(click for abstract)
September 2Hunter Spink (Stanford)Examples of o-minimality in algebraic geometryslides, video
September 9Adeel Khan (Academica Sinica)An invitation to motivic sheaves (part 1)slides, video
September 16Adeel Khan (Academica Sinica)An invitation to motivic sheaves (part 2)slides, video
October 21Matt Larson (Stanford)The local motivic monodromy conjecture for simplicial nondegenerate singularities(This talk may or may not be online… stay tuned to find out!)
October 28Matthew Emerton (University of Chicago)TBA(This talk may or may not be online… stay tuned to find out!)
November 5-6Olivia Dumitrescu, James McKernan, Joaquin Moraga, Jenia Tevelev, Chengxi Wang, Rachel Webb, Tony Yue YuWestern Algebraic Geometry Symposium (UC Riverside)
November 11Jacob Tsimerman (University of Toronto)TBA(This talk may or may not be online… stay tuned to find out!)
November 18Pierrick Bousseau (University of Georgia)TBAonline

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stanford algebraic geometry seminar 2021-2022

The Stanford Algebraic Geometry Seminar meets online, usually Fridays at noon pacific time.

Register in advance for the seminar:

Then attend the seminar: (pwd 362880)

date and timespeakertitlelinks
(noon Pacific unless otherwise specified)(click for abstract)
January 15Ben Antieau (Northwestern)Genus 1 curves in twisted projective spacesvideo, slides
January 22Takumi Murayama (Princeton)Grothendieck’s localization problemvideo, slides, handout
January 29Soumya Sankar (Ohio State)Derived equivalences of gerbey curves
February 5Sean Keel (UT Austin)Berkovich geometry and mirror symmetryvideo
February 12Laure Flapan (Michigan State)Fano manifolds associated to hyperkähler manifoldsslides
February 19Izzet Coskun (UIC)Algebraic Hyperbolicity and Lang-type loci in hypersurfacesvideo, slides
February 26Jihao Liu (Utah)Complements and local singularities in birational geometryvideo, slides
March 5Arend Bayer (Edinburgh)Fano varieties: from derived categories to geometry via stabilityvideo, slides
March 12, 4 pmYuuji Tanaka (Kyoto)On the virtual Euler characteristics of the moduli spaces of semistable sheaves on a complex projective surfaceslides
March 26Nikolas Kuhn (Stanford)A blowup formula for virtual Donaldson invariantsvideo
April 2Matt Baker (Georgia Tech)Pastures, Polynomials, and Matroidsvideo
April 9Sam Molcho (ETH)The strict transform in logarithmic geometryslides
April 16Samir Canning (UC San Diego)The Chow rings of M7, M8, and M9video, slides
April 23Michael Temkin (HUJI)Logarithmic resolution of singularitiesvideo, slides
April 30Remy van Dobben de Bruyn (Princeton/IAS)Constructing varieties with prescribed Hodge numbers modulo m in positive characteristicslides
May 7Geoff Smith (UIC)Normal bundles of rational curves and separably rationally connected varietiesvideo, slides
May 14Joachim Jelisiejew (Warsaw)Pathologies on the Hilbert scheme of pointsvideo, slides
May 21Eric Katz (Ohio State)Iterated p-adic integration on semistable curvesvideo, slides
May 28Dhruv Ranganathan (Cambridge)Constructing logarithmic modulivideo, slides
June 4Martin Ulirsch (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt)Tropical geometry and logarithmic compactifications of reductive algebraic groupsvideo, slides
June 11Lena Ji (Princeton/Michigan)The Noether–Lefschetz theoremslides
July 9Denis Nardin (Regensburg)Quadratic forms on rings and the homotopy limit problemvideo, slides
July 16Raymond Cheng (Columbia)q-bic hypersurfacesvideo, slides
July 23Tom Graber (Caltech)Virtual localization for relative obstruction theories and stable log mapsvideo, slides
July 30Federico Scavia (UBC)The Grothendieck ring of stacksvideo, slides
August 6Ritvik Ramkumar (Berkeley)On the tangent space to the Hilbert scheme of points in P^3 video, slides
August 13Elden Elmanto (Harvard)The completely decomposed arc topology and motivic applications
September 10Maria Yakerson (ETH)Twisted K-theory in motivic homotopy theoryslides
September 17Han-Bom Moon (Fordham/Stanford)Derived category of moduli of vector bundlesvideo, slides
September 24Ming Hao Quek (Brown)Logarithmic resolution of singularities via multi-weighted blow-upsvideo, slides
October 1Arnav Tripathy (Stanford)Line bundles in equivariant elliptic cohomologyvideo, slides
October 8Joaquín Moraga (Princeton)Toroidalization principles for klt singularitiesvideo, slides
October 15Maddie Weinstein (Stanford)Algebraic geometry of curvature and matrices with partitioned eigenvaluesvideo, slides
November 5 in 383-NMohammed Abouzaid (Columbia)What can symplectic topology tell us about algebraic varieties?
November 12Kai Behrend (UBC)Donaldson-Thomas theory of the quantum Fermat quinticvideo, slides
November 19Renzo Cavalieri (Colorado State)The integral Chow ring of M_0(P^r,d)video, slides
November 26no meeting (Thanksgiving break)
December 3Louis Esser (UCLA)Varieties of general type with doubly exponential asymptoticsvideo, slides
December 10Noah Olander (Columbia)Semiorthogonal Decompositions and Dimensionvideo, slides
December 17Ziquan Zhuang (MIT)Properness of the K-moduli spacevideo, slides

Here is the start of 2022. (I’ll eventually make a new page for this.)

date and timespeakertitlelinks
(noon Pacific unless otherwise specified)(click for abstract)
January 14Emily Clader (SFSU)Permutohedral complexes and rational curves with cyclic actionvideo, slides
January 21Chelsea Walton (Rice)Representation theory of elliptic algebrasvideo, slides
January 28Allen Knutson (Cornell)Resolutions of Richardson varieties, stable curves, and dual simplicial spheresvideo, slides
February 4Madeline Brandt (Brown)Top Weight Cohomology of Agvideo, slides
February 11no meeting
February 18Enrica Mazzon (Michigan)Higher Fano manifoldsvideo
February 25Yi Hu (Arizona)Resolution of Singularities in Arbitrary Characteristicsvideo, slides
March 4Ana Balibanu (Harvard)Regular centralizers and the wonderful compactificationvideo, slides
March 11Omid Amini (Ecole Polytechnique)Geometry of hybrid curves and their moduli spaces, with a view toward applicationsslides
March 18Tony Yue Yu (Caltech)Non-archimedean Quantum K-theory and Gromov-Witten invariantsvideo, slides
March 25Hunter Spink (Stanford)A new Chern character for “classical Lie type” combinatoricsvideo
April 1Siddarth Kannan (Brown)Moduli of relative stable maps to P^1: Cut-and-paste invariantsvideo, slides
April 8Michail Savvas (UT Austin)Reduction of stabilizers and generalized Donaldson-Thomas invariantsvideo, slides
April 15Kiran Kedlaya (UC San Diego)Angle ranks of abelian varietiesvideo, slides
April 22-24Ellenberg, Frei, Gallardo, Kelly, Totaro, Vinzant, …Western Algebraic Geometry Seminar (at Colorado State)
April 29David Anderson (Ohio State)The direct sum morphism in (equivariant) Schubert calculusvideo, slides
May 6Daniil Rudenko (Chicago)Rational Elliptic Surfaces and Trigonometry of Non-Euclidean Tetrahedravideo, slides
May 13Daniele Agostini (Max Planck Institute Leipzig)Singular curves, degenerate theta functions and KP solutionsvideo, slides
May 20Tony Feng (MIT)Enumerative arithmetic geometry and automorphic formsvideo, slides
May 27Soheyla Feyzbakhsh (Imperial College London)Hyperkahler varieties as Brill-Noether loci on curvesvideo, slides

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stanford algebraic geometry seminar 2020

Click here for information about the seminar in 2021.

Click on the title to see the abstract (when available).

Date and Time (Pacific) Speaker Title
April 3, 4 pm Will Sawin (Columbia) The Shafarevich conjecture for hypersurfaces in abelian varieties (abstract)
April 17,  11-12:30 Gavril Farkas (Humboldt) Green’s Conjecture via Koszul modules
April 24, 11-12:30 Kirsten Wickelgren (Duke) There are 160,839 + 160,650 3-planes in a 7-dimensional cubic hypersurface (video)
May 1, 10:45-11:45 Borys Kadets (MIT) 38406501359372282063949 & all that: Monodromy of Fano Problems 
May 1, 12-1 Burt Totaro (UCLA) The Hilbert scheme of infinite affine space 
May 8,  10:45-11:45 Julie Desjardins (Toronto) Density of rational points on a family of del Pezzo surface of degree 1  (slides)
May 8, 12-1 Bjorn Poonen (MIT) Bertini irreducibility theorems via statistics 
May 15 10:45-11:45 Rohini Ramadas (Brown) The locus of post-critically finite maps in the moduli space of self-maps of  {\mathbb{P}}^n 
May 15, 12-1 Rob Silversmith (Northeastern) Studying subschemes of affine/projective space via matroids
May 22, 11-12:30 Chenyang Xu (MIT) K-moduli of Fano varieties
May 29, 10:45-11:45 Yuchen Liu (Yale) Moduli spaces of quartic hyperelliptic K3 surfaces via K-stability (slides)
June 5, 12-1 Bhargav Bhatt (Michigan) A p-adic Riemann-Hilbert functor and vanishing theorems
June 12, 10:45-11:45 Margaret Bilu (NYU) Arithmetic and motivic statistics via zeta functions (video)
June 12, 12-1 Wei Ho (Michigan) Splitting Brauer classes (slides)
July 10, 12-1 John Christian Ottem (Oslo)

On (2,3)-fourfolds (video, slides)

July 17, 12-1 Laura Escobar Vega (Washington University St. Louis) Wall-crossing phenomena for Newton-Okounkov bodies (video, slides)
July 24, 12-1 Brendan Hassett (Brown/ICERM) Symbols, birational geometry, and computations (video, slides)
July 31, 12:30-1:30 Dan Abramovich (Brown) Resolution and logarithmic resolution via weighted blowings up (video, slides)
August 21 Hannah Larson (Stanford)

Brill–Noether theory over the Hurwitz space (slides)

August 28 Martin Olsson (Berkeley)

Determinants and deformation theory of perfect complexes (video, slides)

September 4 Christopher Eur (Stanford) Simplicial generation of Chow rings of matroids (slides)
September 11 Andrew Kobin (Santa Cruz) Zeta functions and decomposition spaces (video, slides)
September 18 Rachel Webb (Berkeley)

Virtual cycle on the moduli space of maps to a complete intersection (slides)

September 25 Richard Thomas (Imperial College London)

Square root Euler classes and counting sheaves on Calabi-Yau 4-folds (video, slides)

October 2 Juliette Bruce (Berkeley) The top weight cohomology of A_g (video, slides)
October 9 Karen Smith (University of Michigan)

Extremal Singularities in Prime Characteristic (video)

October 16 Barbara Fantechi (SISSA, Italy)

Infinitesimal deformations of semi-smooth varieties (video)

October 23 Jarod Alper (University of Washington)

Coherent completeness and the local structure of algebraic stacks (video)

October 30 Aaron Landesman (Stanford)

The Torelli map restricted to the hyperelliptic locus (video)

November 6 Akhil Mathew (University of Chicago)

Etale K-theory and motivic cohomology (video, slides)

November 13 Taylor Dupuy (University of Vermont)

Abelian Varieties Over Finite Fields in the LMFDB (video, slides)

December 4 Rahul Pandharipande (ETH Zurich)

The top Chern class of the Hodge bundle and the log Chow ring of the moduli space of curves (video, slides)



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abstracts for 2019-20 seminars

(The seminar webpage is here.)

Isabel Vogt (Stanford)

September 27, 2019

Stability of normal bundles of space curves

The normal bundle controls the deformation theory of a curve embedded in projective space. In this talk we study the stability of normal bundles of curves in P^3 using degeneration. This is joint work with Izzet Coskun and Eric Larson.

Jordan Ellenberg (Wisconsin)

October 4, 2019

Heights of rational points on (some) stacks

The study of rational points on algebraic stacks over global fields is in many respects very similar to the familiar world of Diophantine geometry of schemes. But one key element of that world is missing; a theory of heights. I will propose such a theory and explain how it recovers many already-in-use notions of complexity for points on stacks, while also generating new ones. I talked about this project in the Stanford number theory seminar in spring 2018; I will explain the basic ideas again and then talk about some examples we understand better now than we did then, such as points on the moduli stack of abelian varieties, and discuss some questions that remain open for future work.

Stefan Schreieder (Munich)

October 11, 2019

Stably irrational hypersurfaces of small slopes

We show that over any uncountable field of characteristic different from two, a very general hypersurface of dimension n>2 and degree at least log_2(n)+2 is not stably rational. This improves earlier results of Koll\’ar and Totaro, who proved the same result under a linear bound on the degree.

Jim Bryan (University of British Columbia)

October 25, 2019, 2:30 pm

K3 surfaces with symplectic group actions, enumerative geometry, and modular forms

The Hilbert scheme parameterizing n points on a K3 surface X is a holomorphic symplectic manifold with rich properties. In the 90s it was discovered that the generating function for the Euler characteristics of the Hilbert schemes is related to both modular forms and the enumerative geometry of rational curves on X. We show how this beautiful story generalizes to K3 surfaces with a symplectic action of a group G. Namely, the Euler characteristics of the “G-fixed Hilbert schemes” parametrizing G-invariant collections of points on X are related to modular forms of level |G| and the enumerative geometry of rational curves on the stack quotient [X/G] . These ideas lead to some beautiful new product formulas for theta functions associated to root lattices. The picture also generalizes to refinements of the Euler characteristic such as chi_y genus and elliptic genus leading to connections with Jacobi forms and Siegel modular forms.

Nathan Pflueger (Amherst)

October 25, 2019, 4 pm

Relative Richardson Varieties

A Richardson variety is an intersection of two Schubert varieties defined by transverse flags in a vector space. Richardson varieties have many nice geometric properties; for example, a theorem of Knutson, Woo, and Yong shows that their singularities are completely determined by those of Schubert varieties. I will discuss a generalization of this theorem to a relative context, where the two transverse flags are replaced by a moving pair of flags in a vector bundle that become non-transverse at some points. I will also discuss a theorem describing the cohomology of the resulting relative Richardson variety. I will describe an application to Brill-Noether theory, and some related conjectures. This is joint work with Melody Chan.

Rachel Pries (Colorado State)

November 8, 2019

The intersection of the Torelli locus with the non-ordinary locus in PEL-type Shimura varieties

Around 1980, mathematicians developed several techniques to study the Newton polygon stratification of the moduli space of principally polarized abelian varieties in positive characteristic p.  In 2004, Faber and Van der Geer used these techniques to prove that the Torelli locus of Jacobians of smooth curves intersects every p-rank stratum.  In 2013, Viehmann and Wedhorn proved that every Newton polygon satisfying the Kottwitz conditions occurs on Shimura varieties of PEL-type.  In most cases, it is still not known whether the Torelli locus intersects these Newton polygon strata.  We provide a positive answer for the mu-ordinary and non-mu ordinary strata in infinitely many cases.  As an application, we produce infinitely many new examples of unusual Newton polygons which occur for Jacobians of smooth curves.  This is joint work with Li, Mantovan, and Tang.

Eric Riedl (Notre Dame)

November 15, 2019

Linear subvarieties of hypersurfaces and unirationality

The de Jong-Debarre Conjecture predicts that the space of lines on any smooth hypersurface of degree d <= n in P^n has dimension 2n-d-3. We prove this conjecture for n > 2d, improving on the previously-known exponential bounds. We prove an analogous result for k-planes, and use this generalization to prove that an arbitrary smooth hypersurface is unirational if n > 2^{d!}. This is joint work with Roya Beheshti.

Maddie Weinstein (Berkeley)

November 22, 2019

Metric Algebraic Geometry

Metric algebraic geometry is a term proposed for the study of properties of real algebraic varieties that depend on a distance metric. The distance metric can be the Euclidean metric in the ambient space or a metric intrinsic to the variety. In this talk, we introduce metric algebraic geometry through discussion of Voronoi cells, bottlenecks, offset hypersurfaces, and the reach of an algebraic variety. We also show applications to the computational study of the geometry of data with nonlinear models.

Carl Lian (Columbia)

January 10, 2020

Enumerating pencils with moving ramification on curves

We consider the general problem of enumerating branched covers of the projective line from a fixed general curve subject to ramification conditions at possibly moving points. Our main computations are in genus 1; the theory of limit linear series allows one to reduce to this case. We first obtain a simple formula for a weighted count of pencils on a fixed elliptic curve E, where base-points are allowed. We then deduce, using an inclusion-exclusion procedure, formulas for the numbers of maps E->P^1 with moving ramification conditions. A striking consequence is the invariance of these counts under a certain involution. Our results generalize work of Harris, Logan, Osserman, and Farkas-Moschetti-Naranjo-Pirola.

Geoffrey Smith (Harvard)

January 24, 2020, 2:30pm

Covering gonalities in positive characteristic

The covering gonality of an irreducible projective variety over the complex numbers is the minimum gonality of a curve through a general point on the variety. This definition has two reasonable generalizations to positive characteristic, the covering gonality and the separable covering gonality. Of the two, separable covering gonalities are much easier to bound, and I’ll give an easy lower bound for smooth hypersurfaces essentially due to Bastianelli-de Poi-Ein-Lazarsfeld-Ullery. I’ll then give an analogous bound for the covering gonality of very general hypersurfaces, using a Chow-theoretic argument that extends work of Riedl-Woolf.

Jackson Morrow (Emory)

January 24, 2020, 4pm

Non-Archimedean entire curves in varieties

The classical conjectures of Green—Griffiths—Lang—Vojta predict the precise interplay between different notions of hyperbolicity: Brody hyperbolic, arithmetically hyperbolic, Kobayashi hyperbolic, algebraically hyperbolic, and groupless. In his thesis, Cherry defined a notion of non-Archimedean hyperbolicity; however, his definition does not seem to be the “correct” version, as it does not mirror complex hyperbolicity. In recent work, Javanpeykar and Vezzani introduced a new non-Archimedean notion of hyperbolicity, which fixed this issue and also stated a non-Archimedean version of the Green-Griffiths-Lang-Vojta conjecture.
In this talk, I will discuss algebraic, complex, and non-Archimedean notions of hyperbolicity and a proof of the non-Archimedean Green—Griffiths—Lang–Vojta conjecture for closed subvarieties of semi-abelian varieties and projective surfaces admitting a dominant morphism to an elliptic curve.

Izzet Coskun (UIC)

January 31, 2020, 4pm

The stabilization of the cohomology of moduli spaces of sheaves on surfaces

The Betti numbers of the Hilbert scheme of points on a smooth, irreducible projective surface have been computed by Gottsche. These numbers stabilize as the number of points tends to infinity. In contrast, the Betti numbers of moduli spaces of semistable sheaves on a surface are not known in general. In joint work with Matthew Woolf, we conjecture these also stabilize and that the stable numbers do not depend on the rank. We verify the conjecture for large classes of surfaces. I will discuss our conjecture and provide the evidence for it.

Jack Huizenga (Penn State)

February 7, 2020, 4pm

Moduli of sheaves on Hirzebruch surfaces

Let X be a Hirzebruch surface.  Moduli spaces of semistable sheaves on X with fixed numerical invariants are always irreducible by a theorem of Walter.  On the other hand, many other basic properties of sheaves on Hirzebruch surfaces are unknown.  I will discuss two different problems on this topic.  First, what is the cohomology of a general sheaf on X with fixed numerical invariants?  Second, when is the moduli space
actually nonempty? The latter question should have an answer reminiscient of the Drezet-Le Potier classification of semistable sheaves on the projective plane; in particular, there is a fractal-like hypersurface in the space of numerical invariants which bounds the invariants of semistable sheaves.  This is joint work with Izzet Coskun.

Sarah Frei (Rice)

February 14, 2020, 4pm

Derived equivalence and rational points

It is natural to ask which properties of a smooth projective variety are recovered by its derived category. In this talk, I will consider the question: is the existence of a rational point preserved under derived equivalence? In recent joint work with Nicolas Addington, Ben Antieau, and Katrina Honigs, we show that over Q, the answer is no. We give two counterexamples: an abelian variety and a torsor over it, and a pair of hyperkaehler fourfolds.

Alex Perry (IAS)

February 21, 2020, 2:30pm

The integral Hodge conjecture for 2-dimensional Calabi-Yau categories

I will formulate a version of the integral Hodge conjecture for categories, discuss its proof for categories which are suitably deformation equivalent to the derived category of a K3 or abelian surface, and explain how this implies new cases of the usual integral Hodge conjecture for varieties.

Daniel Litt (UGA)

February 21, 2020, 4pm

The section conjecture at the boundary of moduli space

Grothendieck’s section conjecture predicts that over arithmetically interesting fields (e.g. number fields), rational points on a smooth projective curve X of genus at least two can be detected via the arithmetic of the etale fundamental group of X. We construct infinitely many curves of each genus satisfying the section conjecture in interesting ways, building on work of Stix, Harari, and Szamuely. The main input to our result is an analysis of the degeneration of certain torsion cohomology classes on the moduli space of curves at various boundary components. This is (preliminary) joint work with Padmavathi Srinivasan, Wanlin Li, and Nick Salter.

Alex Smith (Harvard)

February 28, 2020, 2:30pm

8-class ranks of imaginary quadratic fields and 4-Selmer groups of elliptic curves

We prove that the two-primary subgroups of the class groups of imaginary quadratic fields have the distribution predicted by the Cohen-Lenstra-Gerth heuristic. In this talk, we will detail our method for proving the 8-class rank portion of this theorem and will compare our approach to one that uses the governing fields predicted by Cohn and Lagraias. We will also connect this work to related questions on the 4-Selmer groups of elliptic curves in quadratic twist families.

Anand Patel (Oklahoma State)

February 28, 2020, 4pm

Projection and Ramification

When a projective variety is linearly projected onto a projective space of the same dimension, a ramification divisor appears. In joint work with Anand Deopurkar and Eduard Duryev, we study basic questions about the map which sends a projection to its ramification divisor. I will present proven results, open problems, and if time permits, some curious numerology.

Dinesh Thakur (University of Rochester)

March 13, 2020, 4pm

Multizeta and motives in function fields

The study of multizeta values in intimately connected with current developments in non-abelian and homotopical directions in number theory.  We explain some background with multizeta values and their interpretation as periods in terms of higher-dimensional generalizations of Drinfeld modules (called mixed t-motives), as well as conjectures on relations and non-relations among various multizeta values.  We also discuss the implications for huge Galois representations and  lifting of multizeta values to functions on (pro)algebraic groups.  Finally, we describe new results for higher-genus curves as well as several open questions.

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stanford algebraic geometry seminar 2019-20

Fridays 4-5:30 pm in 383-N (with exceptions)

Click on the title to see the abstract (if available). (For earlier talks in this seminar, click here. For related seminars, click here. For the department webpage for the algebraic geometry seminar, click here.) For more information, please contact Ravi Vakil, or Isabel Vogt.

September 27 12:30pm in 384-IIsabel Vogt (Stanford)Stability of normal bundles of space curves
October 4Jordan Ellenberg (Wisconsin)Heights of rational points on (some) stacks
October 11Stefan Schreieder (Munich)Stably irrational hypersurfaces of small slopes
October 18no seminar 
October 25 2:30pm in 384-IJim Bryan (UBC)K3 surfaces with symplectic group actions, enumerative geometry, and modular forms
October 25 4pm in 383-NNathan Pflueger (Amherst)Relative Richardson Varieties
November 1no seminar (WAGS at Utah) 
November 8Rachel Pries (Colorado State)The intersection of the Torelli locus with the non-ordinary locus in PEL-type Shimura varieties
November 15Eric Riedl (Notre Dame)Linear subvarieties of hypersurfaces and unirationality
November 22Maddie Weinstein (Berkeley)Metric Algebraic Geometry
November 29no seminar (thanksgiving break) 
December 6maybe no seminar 
January 10Carl Lian (Columbia)Enumerating pencils with moving ramification on curves
January 17no seminar (JMM) 
January 24 2:30pm in 383-NGeoff Smith (Harvard)Covering gonalities in positive characteristic
January 24 4pm in 383-NJackson Morrow (Emory)Non-Archimedean entire curves in varieties
January 31Izzet Coskun (UIC)The stabilization of the cohomology of moduli spaces of sheaves on surfaces
February 7Jack Huizenga (Penn State)Moduli of sheaves on Hirzebruch surfaces
February 14Sarah Frei (Rice)Derived equivalence and rational points
February 21 2:30pm in 383-NAlex Perry (IAS)The integral Hodge conjecture for 2-dimensional Calabi-Yau categories
February 21 4pm in 383-NDaniel Litt (UGA)The section conjecture at the boundary of moduli space
February 28 2:30pm in 383-NAlex Smith (Harvard University)8-class ranks of imaginary quadratic fields and 4-Selmer groups of elliptic curves
February 28 4pm in 383-NAnand Patel (Oklahoma State)Projection and Ramification
April 24Borys Kadets (MIT) 
May 1Rohini Ramadas (Brown) and Rob Silversmith (Northeastern) 
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abstracts for 2018-19 seminars

(The seminar webpage is here.)

June Huh (Institute for Advanced Study)

October 26, 2018

Distinguished Lecture 2 of 3: Kazhdan-Lusztig theory for matroids

There is a remarkable parallel between the theory of Coxeter groups (think of the symmetric group or the dihedral group) and matroids (think of your favorite graph or point configuration), based on their combinatorial cohomology theories. After giving an overview of the similarity, I will report on a cohomological approach to some conjectures in enumerative combinatorics. Joint work with Tom Braden, Jacob Matherne, Nick Proudfoot, and Botong Wang.

David Jensen (Kentucky)

November 2, 2018, 3:15-4:15 pm

Linear Systems on General Curves of Fixed Gonality

The geometry of an algebraic curve is governed by its linear systems. While many curves exhibit bizarre and pathological linear systems, the general curve does not. This is a consequence of the Brill-Noether theorem, which says that the space of linear systems of given degree and rank on a general curve has dimension equal to its expected dimension. In this talk, we will discuss a generalization of this theorem to general curves of fixed gonality. To prove this result, we use tropical and combinatorial methods. This is joint work with Dhruv Ranganathan, based on prior work of Nathan Pflueger.

Sam Payne (UT Austin and MSRI)

November 2, 2018, 4:30-5:30 pm

Tropical methods for the Strong Maximal Rank Conjecture

I will present joint work with Dave Jensen using tropical methods on a chain of loops to prove new cases of the Strong Maximal Rank Conjecture of Aprodu and Farkas that are relevant to computing the Kodaira dimensions of the moduli spaces M_22 and M_23.  As time permits, I will also discuss relations to an analogous approach via limit linear series on chains of genus 1 curves, developed in the work of Liu, Osserman, Teixidor, and Zhang.

Margaret Bilu (Courant)

April 19, 2019, 2:30-3:30 pm

Motivic Euler products and motivic height zeta functions

The Grothendieck group of varieties over a field k is the quotient of the free abelian group of isomorphism classes of varieties over k by the so-called cut-and-paste relations. It moreover has a ring structure coming from the product of varieties over k. Many problems in number theory have a natural, more geometric counterpart involving elements of this ring. I will focus on Manin’s conjecture and on its motivic analog: the latter predicts the behavior of moduli spaces of curves of large degree on some algebraic varieties. It may be formulated in terms of the generating series of the classes of these moduli spaces in the Grothendieck ring, called the motivic height zeta function. This will lead me to explain how some power series with coefficients in the Grothendieck ring can be endowed with an Euler product decomposition and how this can be used to give a proof of the motivic version of Manin’s conjecture for equivariant compactifications of vector groups.

Ronno Das (University of Chicago)

April 19, 2019, 4-5 pm

Points and lines on cubic surfaces

The Cayley-Salmon theorem states that every smooth cubic surface in CP^3 has exactly 27 lines. Their proof is that marking a line on each cubic surface produces a 27-sheeted cover of the moduli space M of smooth cubic surfaces. Similarly, marking a point produces a ‘universal family’ of cubic surfaces over M. One difficulty in understanding these spaces is that they are complements of incredibly singular hypersurfaces. In this talk I will explain how to compute the rational cohomology of these spaces. I’ll also explain how these purely topological theorems have (via the machinery of the Weil Conjectures) purely arithmetic consequences: the average smooth cubic surface over a finite field F_q contains 1 line and q^2 + q + 1 points.

Chenyang Xu

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Department Colloquium: Compact moduli spaces of varieties

Moduli space is ubiquitous in modern algebraic geometry. In this talk, I will discuss the recent progress on the construction of compact moduli spaces parametrising varieties whose Chern classes are positive. Ideas from differential geometry play an essential role.

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stanford algebraic geometry seminar 2018-19

Fridays 4-5 pm in 383-N (with exceptions)

Click on the title to see the abstract (if available). (For earlier talks in this seminar, click here. For related seminars, click here. For the department webpage for the algebraic geometry seminar, click here.) For more information, please contact Michael Kemeny, Eric Larson, Pablo Solis, Ravi Vakil, or Isabel Vogt.

October 26 Distinguished Lecture 2 of 2June Huh (Institute for Advanced Study)Kazhdan-Lusztig theory for matroids
November 2, 3:15-4:15 pmDavid Jensen (Kentucky)Linear Systems on General Curves of Fixed Gonality
November 2, 4:30-5:30 pmSam Payne (UT Austin and MSRI)Tropical methods for the Strong Maximal Rank Conjecture
November 30Jack Hall (Arizona)GAGA theorems
January 25Arnav Tripathy (Harvard)A geometric model for complex analytic equivariant elliptic cohomology
February 1Eugene Gorsky (UC Davis)Soergel bimodules and Hilbert schemes
February 15Padmavathi Srinivasan (Georgia Tech)An arithmetic count of lines meeting four lines in P^3
Tuesday March 12 ColloquiumChristopher Hacon (Utah)On the classification of algebraic varieties
March 15Dan Bragg (UC Berkeley and MSRI)Supersingular twistor spaces
April 12, 2:30-3:30 pm, 384-I Akhil Mathew (Chicago and MSRI)A gentle approach to the de Rham-Witt complex
April 12, 4-5 pm, 383-NLaure Flapan (Northeastern and MSRI)Chow motives, L-functions, and powers of algebraic Hecke characters
April 13-14, BerkeleyWestern Algebraic Geometry Symposium (WAGS)
April 19, 2:30-3:30 pmMargaret Bilu (NYU)Motivic Euler products and motivic height zeta functions
April 19, 4-5 pmRonno Das (Chicago)Points and lines on cubic surfaces
Thursday April 25 ColloquiumXinwen Zhu (Caltech)
April 26Kristin DeVleming (UCSD and MSRI)Comparing compactifications of the moduli space of plane curves
May 3Juliette Bruce (UW Madison)Semi-Ample Asymptotic Syzygies
May 10Dan Erman (UW Madison)Limits of polynomials rings
Thursday May 23 ColloquiumChenyang Xu (MIT)Compact moduli spaces of varieties
May 24, 2:30-3:30 pmAnne-Sophie Kaloghiros (MSRI and Brunel University)Threefold Calabi-Yau pairs
May 24, 4:00-5:00 pmMilena Hering (MSRI and Edinburgh)Stability of Toric Tangent bundles
June 7Sam Payne (UT Austin)Top weight cohomology of M_{g,n}
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abstracts for 2017-18 seminars

(The seminar webpage is here.)

Sam Grushevsky (Stony Brook University)

September 29, 2017

Geometry of compactified moduli of cubic threefolds

Starting from considering the GIT compactification of the moduli of cubic threefolds, the “wonderful” compactification, which is smooth with normal crossing boundary, is constructed by an explicit sequence of blowups. We show that there exists a family of intermediate jacobians over the wonderful compactification. We compute the cohomology of the wonderful compactification by comparing it to the symplectic resolution. Based on joint works with Casalaina-Martin, Hulek, Laza

Felix Janda (University of Michigan)

October 6, 2017

Genus two curves on quintic threefolds

Virtual (Gromov-Witten) counts of maps from algebraic curves to quintic 3-folds in projective space have been of significant interest for mathematicians and physicists since the early 90s. While there are (very inefficient) algorithms for computing any specific Gromov-Witten invariant, explicit formulae are only known in genus zero and one. On the other hand, physicists have explicit conjectural formulas up to genus 51.

I will discuss a new approach to the Gromov-Witten theory of the quintic (using logarithmic geometry) which yields an explicit formula in genus two that agrees with the physicists’ conjecture.

This is based on joint works in progress with Q. Chen, S. Guo and Y. Ruan.

Remy van Dobben de Bruyn (Columbia)

October 20, 2017

Dominating varieties by liftable ones

Given a smooth projective variety over an algebraically closed field of positive characteristic, can we always dominate it by another smooth projective variety that lifts to characteristic 0? We give a negative answer to this question.

Jason Lo (Cal State Northridge)

October 27, 2017

The effect of Fourier-Mukai transforms on slope stability on elliptic fibrations

Slope stability is a type of stability for coherent sheaves on smooth projective varieties. On a variety where the derived category of coherent sheaves admits a non-trivial autoequivalence, it is natural to ask how slope stability `transforms’ to a different stability under the autoequivalence. This question also has implications for understanding the symmetries within various counting invariants. In this talk, we will give an answer to the above question for elliptic surfaces and threefolds under a Fourier-Mukai transform.

Daniel Litt (Columbia University)

December 1, 2017

Galois actions on fundamental groups

Let X be a variety over a field k, and let x be a k-rational point of X. Then the absolute Galois group of k acts on the etale fundamental group of X. If k is an arithmetically interesting field (i.e. a number field, a p-adic field, or a finite field), then this action reveals a great deal about the geometry of X; if X is a variety with an interesting fundamental group, this action reveals a great deal about the arithmetic of k.

This talk will discuss (1) joint work with Alexander Betts about the structure of Galois actions on fundamental groups, (2) how to describe invariants of these actions in terms of more geometric invariants of X, and (3) applications of this work to classical algebraic geometry, and, if time permits, arithmetic.

Pablo Solis (Stanford)

January 19, 2018

Hunting Vector Bundles on \mathbf{P}^1 \times \mathbf{P}^1

Motivated by Boij-Soderberg theory, Eisenbud and Schreyer conjectured there should be vector bundles on \mathbf{P}^1 \times \mathbf{P}^1 with natural cohomology and prescribed Euler characteristic. I’ll give some background on Boij-Soderberg theory, explain what natural cohomology means and prove the conjecture in “most” cases.

Izzet Coskun (University of Illinois at Chicago)

January 26, 2018

The geometry of moduli spaces of sheaves on surfaces

In this talk, I will discuss recent results concerning the Brill-Noether Theory of higher rank bundles on rational surfaces and stable cohomology of moduli spaces of sheaves. In joint work with Jack Huizenga, we characterize when the cohomology of a general stable sheaf on a Hirzebruch surface is determined by its Euler characteristic. We use these results to classify moduli spaces where the general bundle is globally generated. If time permits, I will discuss joint work with Matthew Woolf on the stable cohomology of moduli spaces on rational surfaces.

Katrina Honigs (Utah)

February 2, 2018

Fourier-Mukai partners of Enriques and bielliptic surfaces in positive characteristic

There are many results characterizing when derived categories of two complex surfaces are equivalent, including theorems of Bridgeland and Maciocia showing that derived equivalent Enriques or bielliptic surfaces must be isomorphic. The proofs of these theorems strongly use Torelli theorems and lattice-theoretic methods which are not available in positive characteristic. In this talk I will discuss how to prove these results over algebraically closed fields of positive characteristic (excluding some low characteristic cases). This work is joint with M. Lieblich and S. Tirabassi.

Junliang Shen (ETH)

February 9, 2018

K3 categories, cubic 4-folds, and the Beauville-Voisin conjecture

We discuss recent progress on the connection between 0-cycles of holomorphic symplectic varieties and structures of K3 categories. We propose that there exists a sheaf/cycle correspondence for any K3 category, which controls the geometry of algebraically coisotropic subvarieties of certain holomorphic symplectic varieties. Two concrete cases will be illustrated in details:
(1) the derived category of a K3 surface (joint with Qizheng Yin and Xiaolei Zhao),
(2) Kuznetsov category of a cubic 4-fold (joint with Qizheng Yin).
If time permits, we will also discuss the connection to rational curves in cubic 4-folds.

Michael Viscardi (Berkeley)

February 16, 2018

Quantum cohomology and 3D mirror symmetry

Recent work on equivariant aspects of mirror symmetry has discovered relations between the equivariant quantum cohomology of symplectic resolutions and Casimir-type connections (among many other objects). We provide a new example of this theory in the setting of the affine Grassmannian, a fundamental space in the geometric Langlands program. More precisely, we identify the equivariant quantum connection of certain symplectic resolutions of slices in the affine Grassmannian of a semisimple group G with a trigonometric Knizhnik-Zamolodchikov (KZ)-type connection of the Langlands dual group of G. These symplectic resolutions are expected to be symplectic duals of Nakajima quiver varieties, so that our result is an analogue of (part of) the work of Maulik and Okounkov in the symplectic dual setting.

Roya Beheshti (Washington U. St. Louis)

February 23, 2018

Moduli spaces of rational curves on hypersurfaces

I will talk about the geometry of moduli spaces of rational curves on Fano hypersurfaces and discuss some results concerning their dimension and birational geometry.

Yongbin Ruan (Michigan)

March 9, 2018

The structure of higher genus Gromov-Witten invariants of quintic 3-fold

The computation of higher genus Gromov-Witten invariants of quintic 3–fold (or compact Calabi-Yau manifold in general) has been a focal point of research of geometric and physics for more than twenty years. A series of deep conjectures have been proposed via mirror symmetry for the specific solutions as well as structures of its generating functions. Building on our initial success for a proof of genus two conjecture formula of BCOV, we present a proof of two conjectures regarding the structure of the theory. The first one is Yamaguchi-Yau’s conjecture that its generating function is a polynomial of five generators and the other one is the famous holomorphic anomaly equation which governs the dependence on four out of five generators. This is a joint work with Shuai Guo and Felix Janda.

Andrei Calderaru (Wisconsin)

April 13, 2018

Computing a categorical Gromov-Witten invariant

In his 2005 paper “The Gromov-Witten potential associated to a TCFT” Kevin Costello described a procedure for recovering an analogue of the Gromov-Witten potential directly out of a cyclic A-inifinity algebra or category. Applying his construction to the derived category of sheaves of a complex projective variety provides a definition of higher genus B-model Gromov-Witten invariants, independent of the BCOV formalism. This has several advantages. Due to the categorical invariance of these invariants, categorical mirror symmetry automatically implies classical mirror symmetry to all genera. Also, the construction can be applied to other categories like categories of matrix factorization, giving a direct definition of FJRW invariants, for example.

In my talk I shall describe the details of the computation (joint with Junwu Tu) of the invariant, at g=1, n=1, for elliptic curves. The result agrees with the predictions of mirror symmetry, matching classical calculations of Dijkgraaf. It is the first non-trivial computation of a categorical Gromov-Witten invariant.

Daniel Halpern-Leistner (Cornell)

April 20, 2018

What is wall-crossing?

I will discuss recent progress in understanding geometric invariant theory from an “intrinsic” perspective. This leads to a conceptually clean meta-principle for how to study the birational geometry of moduli spaces as well as a universal wall-crossing formula for the integrals of tautological K-theory classes on these moduli spaces. I will apply this perspective to the example of Bridgeland semistable complexes on an algebraic surface. The result is a relatively straightforward construction of K-theoretic Donaldson invariants, along with wall-crossing formulas for these invariants which are new-ish (conjecturally equivalent to Mochizuki’s cohomological wall crossing formulas in the context where both are defined).

Sean Howe (Stanford)

April 27, 2018

Motivic random variables and random matrices

As first shown by Katz-Sarnak, the zero spacing of L-functions of smooth plane curves over finite fields approximate the infinite random matrix statistics observed experimentally for the zero spacing of the Riemann-Zeta function (arbitrarily well by first taking the size of the finite field to infinity, and then the degree of the curve to infinity). The key geometric inputs are a computation of the image of the monodromy representation and Deligne’s purity theorem, which ensures that only the zeroth cohomology group of irreducible local systems will contribute asymptotically to the statistics. In this talk, we explain how higher order terms (i.e. the lower weight part of cohomology) can be computed starting from a simple heuristic for the number of points on a random smooth plane curve.

Isabel Vogt (MIT)

May 4, 2018, 3-4 pm

Interpolation problems for curves in projective space

In this talk we will discuss the following question: When does there exist a curve of degree d and genus g passing through n general points in \mathbb{P}^r?

Eric Larson (MIT)

May 4, 2018, 4:30-5:30 pm

The Maximal Rank Conjecture

We find the Hilbert function of a general curve of genus g, embedded in \mathbb{P}^r via a general linear series of degree d. Note that Isabel Vogt’s talk earlier this afternoon is a pre-requisite for this talk.

Dori Bejleri (Brown)

May 18, 2018, 3-4 pm

Stable pair compactifications of the moduli space of degree one del Pezzo surfaces via elliptic fibrations

A degree one del Pezzo surface is the blowup of \mathbb{P}^2 at 8 general points. By the classical Cayley-Bacharach Theorem, there is a unique 9th point whose blowup produces a rational elliptic surface with a section. Via this relationship, we can construct a stable pair compactification of the moduli space of anti-canonically polarized degree one del Pezzo surfaces. The KSBA theory of stable pairs $(X,D)$ is the natural extension to dimension 2 of the Deligne-Mumford-Knudsen theory of stable curves. I will discuss the construction of the space of interest as a limit of a space of weighted stable elliptic surface pairs and explain how it relates to some previous compactifications of the space of degree one del Pezzo surfaces. This is joint work with Kenny Ascher.

Francois Greer (Stony Brook)

May 18, 2018, 4:30-5:30 pm

Elliptic fibrations in the presence of singularities

The Gromov-Witten generating series for an elliptic fibration is expected to have modular properties by mirror symmetry. When the homology class in the base is irreducible and the total space is smooth, we obtain a classical modular form for the full modular group. If the base class is reducible, we expect the series to be quasi-modular. If the fibration does not admit a section, then the modular form has higher level. Both of these relaxations are related to the presence of singularities in the geometry.

Soren Galatius (Stanford)

May 25, 2018, 3-4 pm, Room TBA

M_g, M_g^{trop}, GRT, and Kontsevich’s complex of graphs

I will report on recent joint work with Melody Chan and Sam Payne on the cohomology of M_g in degree 4g-6. It is known that the rational cohomology vanishes above this degree. We prove that the rational cohomology in this degree is non-trivial for all g \geq 7 and that its dimension grows faster than 1.324^g + constant, making it asymptotically larger than the entire tautological ring and disproving a recent conjecture of Church-Farb-Putman and an older conjecture of Kontsevich. Our proof relates the weight filtration on compactly supported cohomology of M_g with the moduli space of tropical curves and with the cohomology of Kontsevich’s graph complex. We then use a theorem of Willwacher to construct an injection of the Grothendieck-Teichmüller Lie algebra into H^{2g}_c(M_g).

Tathagata Basak (Iowa State University)

May 25, 2018, 4:30-5:30 pm

A complex ball quotient and the monster

We shall talk about an arithmetic lattice M in PU(13,1) acting on the the unit ball B in thirteen dimensional complex vector space. Let X be the space obtained by removing the hypersurfaces in B that have nontrivial stabilizer in M and then quotienting the rest by M. The fundamental group G of the ball quotient X is a complex hyperbolic analog of the braid group. We shall state a conjecture that relates this fundamental group G and the monster simple group and describe our results (joint with D. Allcock) towards this conjecture.

The discrete group M is related to the Leech lattice and has generators and relations analogous to Weyl groups. Time permitting, we shall give a second example in PU(9,1) related to the Barnes-Wall lattice for which there is a similar story.

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stanford algebraic geometry seminar 2017-18

Fridays 4-5 pm in 383-N (with exceptions)

Click on the title to see the abstract (if available). (For earlier talks in this seminar, click here. For related seminars, click here. For the department webpage for the algebraic geometry seminar, click here.) For more information, please contact Jun Li, Michael Kemeny, or Ravi Vakil.

September 29 Samuel Grushevsky (Stony Brook University) Geometry of compactified moduli of cubic threefolds
October 6 Felix Janda (University of Michigan) Genus two curves on quintic threefolds
October 13 no seminar (WAGS weekend)
Weekend of October 14-15 Western Algebraic Geometry Symposium, at UCLA
October 20 Remy van Dobben de Bruyn (Columbia University) Dominating varieties by liftable ones
October 27  Jason Lo (Cal State Northridge) The effect of Fourier-Mukai transforms on slope stability on elliptic fibrations
November 10
November 17 (probably no seminar, Ravi away)
November 24 no seminar (Thanksgiving break)
December 1 Daniel Litt (Columbia University) Galois actions on fundamental groups
January 19 Pablo Solis (Stanford) Hunting Vector Bundles on \mathbf{P}^1 \times \mathbf{P}^1
January 26 Izzet Coskun (UIC) The geometry of moduli spaces of sheaves on surfaces
February 2 Katrina Honigs (Utah) Fourier-Mukai partners of Enriques and bielliptic surfaces in positive characteristic
February 9 Junliang Shen (ETH) K3 categories, cubic 4-folds, and the Beauville-Voisin conjecture
February 16 Michael Viscardi (Berkeley) Quantum cohomology and 3D mirror symmetry
February 23 Roya Beheshti (Washington U. St. Louis) Moduli spaces of rational curves on hypersurfaces
March 9 Yongbin Ruan (Michigan) The structure of higher genus Gromov-Witten invariants of quintic 3-fold
April 13 Andrei Caldararu (Wisconsin) Computing a categorical Gromov-Witten invariant
April 20 Daniel Halpern-Leistner (Cornell) What is wall-crossing?
April 27 Sean Howe Motivic random variables and random matrices
May 4 (3-4 pm, in 380-W) Isabel Vogt (MIT) Interpolation problems for curves in projective space
May 4 (4:30-5:30 pm, in 383-N) Eric Larson (MIT) The Maximal Rank Conjecture
May 11 Sheldon Katz (UIUC) (joint with physics)
May 18 (3-4 pm) Dori Bejleri (Brown) Stable pair compactifications of the moduli space of degree one del Pezzo surfaces via elliptic fibrations
May 18 (4:30-5:30 pm) Francois Greer (Stony Brook) Elliptic fibrations in the presence of singularities
May 25 (3-4 pm, location TBA) Soren Galatius (Stanford) M_g, M_g^{trop}, the Grothendieck-Teichmuller group, and Kontsevich’s complex of graphs
May 25 (4:30-5:30 pm) Tathagata Basak (Iowa State) A complex ball quotient and the monster
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abstracts for 2016-17 seminars

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Michael Kemeny (Stanford)
October 7, 2016

Syzygies, scrolls and Hurwitz spaces

A famous conjecture of Mark Green predicts a close relationship between the geometry of a curve and the algebraic properties of its coordinate ring. Namely, the Clifford index of the curve should equal the length of the linear part of the resolution of its coordinate ring under the canonical embedding. A conjecture of Schreyer goes beyond this by specifying that the last piece of the linear part should moreover tell you whether or not the curve has a unique pencil of minimal degree. We will discuss a proof of Schreyer’s conjecture for general curves of prescribed gonality, obtained jointly with Gavril Farkas. Two of the key actors in this story are the scroll associated to a pencil and the geometry of Hurwitz space.  (poster)

Christian Schnell (Stony Brook University)
October 21, 2016

Pushforwards of pluricanonical bundles and morphisms to complex abelian varieties

In the past few years, people working on the analytic side of algebraic geometry have obtained two important new results: a version of the Ohsawa-Takegoshi extension theorem with sharp estimates (Blocki, Guan-Zhou), and the existence of canonical singular hermitian metrics on pushforwards of relative pluricanonical bundles (Berndtsson, Paun, Takayama, and others). In this talk, I will explore some consequences of their work for the study of morphisms to complex abelian varieties, including the recent proof of Iitaka’s conjecture over abelian varieties (Cao-Paun).  (The talk will be understandable without any background in analysis.)

Wenhao Ou (UCLA)
October 28, 2016

Fano varieties where all pseudoeffective divisors are also numerically effective

We recall that a divisor in a smooth projective variety is said to be numerically effective (or nef) if it meets each curve with non negative intersection number, and is called pseudoeffective if it is the limit of effective Q-divisor classes. Both of these properties are ways in which a divisor can be in some sense “positive”. A nef divisor is always pseudoeffective, but the converse is not true in general. A Fano varity is a special variety whose anti-canonical divisor is ample. From the Cone Theorem, it turns out that the geometry of a Fano variety is closely related to its nef divisors. In this talk, we will consider Fano varieties such that all pseudoeffective divisors are nef. Wiśniewski shows that the Picard number of such a variety is at most equal to its dimension. Druel classifies these varieties when these two numbers are equal. We classify the case when the Picard number is equal to the dimension minus 1.

Gopal Prasad (University of Michigan)
November 4, 2016

Isospectrality of compact locally symmetric spaces and weak commensurability of arithmetic groups

Quotients of symmetric spaces of semi-simple Lie groups by torsion-free arithmetic subgroups are particularly interesting Riemannian manifolds which can be studied by using diverse techniques coming from the theories of Lie Groups, Lie Algebras, Algebraic Groups and Automorphic Forms. In my talk, I will discuss a well-known problem which was formulated by Mark Kac as “Can one hear the shape of a drum?”, and its solution, for arithmetic quotients of symmetric spaces, obtained in a joint paper (in Publ Math IHES, vol 109) with Andrei Rapinchuk. For its solution, we introduced a notion of “weak commensurability” of arithmetic, and more general Zariski-dense, subgroups and derive very strong consequences of weak commensurability.

Donghai Pan (Stanford)
November 11, 2016

Galois cyclic covers of the projective line and pencils of Fermat hypersurfaces

Classically, there are two objects that are particularly interesting to algebraic geometers: hyperelliptic curves and quadrics. The connection between these two seemingly unrelated objects was first revealed by M. Reid, which roughly says that there’s a correspondence between hyperelliptic curves and pencil of quadrics. I’ll give a brief review of Reid’s work and then describe a higher degree generalization of the correspondence.

Giulia Sacca (Stony Brook)
December 2, 2016

Intermediate Jacobians and hyperkahler manifolds

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of connections between cubic fourfolds and hyperkahler manifolds. The first instance of this was noticed by Beauville-Donagi, who showed that the Fano varieties of lines on a cubic fourfolds X is holomorphic symplectic. The aim of the talk is to describe another instance of this phenomenon, which is carried out in joint work with Laza and Voisin. The resulting hyperkahler manifold is fibered in intermediate Jacobians and is deformation equivalent to O’Grady’s ten-dimensional example. I will also present a more recent proof of this result, which is obtained in joint work with Laza, Kollár, and Voisin.

Hannah Larson (Harvard)
January 13, 2017, 4-4:45 pm

Lines on hypersurfaces with certain normal bundles

Let X be a smooth hypersurface. The Fano scheme of lines F(X) is the parameter space of all lines L \subset X. Given such a line, the normal bundle of L in X controls the deformation theory of L in X, and thus provides local information about F(X) near L. Being a vector bundle on {\mathbf{P}}^1, the normal bundle of L in X always splits as a direct sum of line bundles. In this talk, we consider natural subschemes of F(X) parameterizing lines L whose normal bundle in X has a certain splitting type.

Gavril Farkas (Humboldt University)
January 13, 2017, 5-6 pm

K3 surfaces of genus 14 via cubic fourfolds

In a celebrated series of papers, Mukai established structure theorems for polarized K3 surfaces of all genera g<21, with the exception of the case g=14. Using Hassett's identification between the moduli space of polarized K3 surfaces of genus 14 and the moduli space of special cubic fourfolds of discriminant 26, we establish the rationality of the universal K3 surface of genus 14. The proof relies on a degenerate version of Mukai's structure theorem for K3 surfaces of genus 8. This is joint work with Verra.

Ashvin Swaminathan (Harvard)
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 12:15-1 pm in 384-I

Inflection Points of Linear Systems on Families of Curves

It is a classic theorem in enumerative geometry that a general plane curve of degree d has exactly 3d(d-2) flex points (these are inflection points at which the tangent line has contact of order 3). Given this result, there are two natural generalizations to consider: (1) what can we say about inflection points of higher contact order, and (2) what happens when we look at such inflection points in families of curves acquiring a singularity? In this talk, I will discuss joint work with Anand Patel, in which we develop a method for answering these more general questions. Moreover, I will describe how to apply our method to tackle three interesting problems: (1) counting hyperflexes in a general pencil of plane curves, (2) describing the analytic-local behavior of the divisor of flexes in a family of plane curves acquiring a nodal singularity, and (3) computing the divisors of Weierstrass points of arbitrary order on the moduli space of curves.

Jake Levinson (Michigan)
January 20, 2017, 3:45-4:45 pm

Boij-Söderberg Theory for Grassmannians

Boij-Söderberg theory is a structure theory for syzygies of graded modules: a near-classification of the possible Betti tables of such modules (these tables record the degrees of generators in a minimal free resolution). One of the surprises of the theory was the discovery of a “dual” classification of sheaf cohomology tables on projective space.

I’ll tell part of this story, then describe some recent extensions of it to the setting of Grassmannians. Here, the algebraic side concerns modules over a polynomial ring in kn variables, thought of as the entries of a k \times n matrix. The goal is to classify “GL(k)-equivariant Betti tables”, recording the syzygies of equivariant modules, and to relate them to sheaf cohomology tables on the Grassmannian Gr(k,n). This work is joint with Nic Ford and Steven Sam.

Ben Bakker (Georgia)
January 20, 2017, 5-6 pm

A global Torelli theorem for singular symplectic varieties

Holomorphic symplectic manifolds are the higher-dimensional analogs of K3 surfaces and their local and global deformation theories enjoy many of the same nice properties.  By work of Namikawa, some aspects of the story generalize to singular symplectic varieties, but the lack of a well-defined period map means the moduli theory is ill-defined.  In joint work with C. Lehn, we consider locally trivial deformations—deformations along which the singularities don’t change — and show that in this context most of the results from the smooth case extend.  In particular, we prove a version of the global Torelli theorem and derive some applications to the geometry of birational contractions of moduli spaces of vector bundles on K3 surfaces.

Srikanth Iyengar (Utah)
January 27, 2017

A local Serre duality for modular representations of finite groups (and group schemes)

This talk will be about the representations of a finite group (or a finite group scheme) G defined over a field k of positive characteristic. In recent work, Dave Benson, Henning Krause, and Julia Pevtsova, and I discovered that stable module category of finite dimensional representations of G has local Serre duality. My plan is to explain what this means and also present some of the ideas, mostly from commutative algebra, that go into its proof.

Steven Sam (Wisconsin)
February 3, 2017

Secant varieties of Veronese embeddings

Given a projective variety X over a field of characteristic 0, and a positive integer r, we study the rth secant variety of Veronese re-embeddings of X. In particular, I’ll explain recent work which shows that the degrees of the minimal equations (and more generally, syzygies) defining these secant varieties can be bounded in terms of X and r independent of the Veronese embedding. This is based on and

Emily Clader (San Francisco State)
February 10, 2017

Double Ramification Cycles and Tautological Relations

Tautological relations are certain equations in the Chow ring of the moduli space of curves. I will discuss a family of such relations, first conjectured by A. Pixton, that arises by studying moduli spaces of ramified covers of the projective line. These relations can be used to recover a number of well-known facts about the moduli space of curves, as well as to generate very special equations known as topological recursion relations. This is joint work with various subsets of S. Grushevsky, F. Janda, X. Wang, and D. Zakharov.

Ionut Ciocan-Fontanine (Minnesota)
February 17, 2017

Wall-crossing in quasimap theory

Quasimap theory is concerned with curve counting on certain GIT quotients. In fact, one has a family of curve counting theories, with Gromov-Witten included, depending on the linearization in the GIT problem. I will present a wall-crossing formula, in all genera and at the level of virtual classes, as the size of the linearization changes. Some numerical consequences will be discussed as well. The talk will focus primarily on the recently established case of complete intersections in projective space (in this case, stable quasimaps coincide with stable quotients). This is joint work with Bumsig Kim.

Dusty Ross (SFSU)
February 24, 2017

Genus-One Landau-Ginzburg/Calabi-Yau Correspondence

First suggested by physicists in the late 1980’s, the Landau-Ginzburg/Calabi-Yau correspondence studies a relationship between spaces of maps from curves to the quintic 3-fold (the Calabi-Yau side) and spaces of curves with 5th roots of their canonical bundle (the Landau-Ginzburg side). The correspondence was put on a firm mathematical footing in 2008 when Chiodo and Ruan proved a precise statement for the case of genus-zero curves, along with an explicit conjecture for the higher-genus correspondence, which is determined from genus-zero data alone. In this talk, I will begin by describing the motivation and the mathematical formulation of the LG/CY correspondence, and I will report on recent work with Shuai Guo that verifies the higher-genus correspondence in the case of genus-one curves.

Dhruv Ranganathan (MIT)
April 14, 2017

A Brill-Noether theorem for curves of a fixed gonality

The Brill-Noether varieties of a curve C parametrize embeddings of C of prescribed degree into a projective space of prescribed dimension. When C is general in moduli, these varieties are well understood: they are smooth, irreducible, and have the “expected” dimension. As one ventures deeper into the moduli space of curves, past the locus of general curves, these varieties exhibit intricate, even pathological, behaviour: they can be highly singular and their dimensions are unknown. A first measure of the failure of a curve to be general is its gonality. I will present a generalization of the Brill–Noether theorem, which determines the dimensions of the Brill–Noether varieties on a general curve of fixed gonality, i.e. “general inside a chosen special locus”. The proof blends recent advances in tropical linear series theory, Berkovich geometry, and ideas from logarithmic Gromov-Witten theory. This is joint work with Dave Jensen.

Erik Carlsson (UC Davis)
April 21, 2017

Geometry behind the shuffle conjecture

The original “shuffle conjecture” of Haglund, Haiman, Loehr, Ulyanov, and Remmel predicted a striking combinatorial formula for the bigraded character of the diagonal coinvariant algebra in type A, in terms of some fascinating parking functions statistics. I will start by explaining this formula, as well as the ideas that went into my recent proof of this conjecture with Anton Mellit, namely the construction of a new algebra which has many elements in common with DAHA’s, and which has been expected to have a geometric construction. I will then describe a current project with Eugene Gorsky and Mellit, in which we have discovered the desired action of this algebra on the torus-equivariant K-theory of a certain smooth subscheme of the flag Hilbert scheme, which parametrizes flags of ideals of finite codimension in C[x,y].

Arnav Tripathy (Harvard)
May 12, 2017

Motivic Donaldson-Thomas invariants of K3 times an elliptic curve

I’ll describe a new chapter in the enumerative geometry of the K3 surface and its product with an elliptic curve in a long line of extensions starting from the classic Yau-Zaslow formula for counts of rational nodal curves. In particular, I’ll describe a string-theoretic prediction for the threefold’s motivic Donaldson-Thomas invariants given the Hodge-elliptic genus of the K3, a new quantity interpolating between the Hodge polynomial and the elliptic genus.

John Lesieutre (UIC)
May 19, 2017

A projective variety with discrete, non-finitely generated automorphism group

I will outline the construction of a projective variety over \mathbf{C} for which the group of automorphisms is discrete, but not finitely generated. I’ll also discuss a related example of a variety over \mathbf{R} with infinitely many non-isomorphic \mathbf{C}/\mathbf{R}-forms.

Yuchen Liu (Princeton)
May 26, 2017

Construction of hyperbolic cyclic covers

A complex algebraic variety is Brody hyperbolic if there are no non-constant holomorphic maps from the complex plane to the variety. As shown by Duval, Shiffman, Zaidenberg and many other people, degeneration methods are very useful in constructing Brody hyperbolic varieties. Using degeneration to the normal cone, we construct lots of examples of Brody hyperbolic cyclic covers when their branch loci have sufficiently large degree. If time permits, I will also discuss a different approach to construct hyperbolic double covers of \mathbf{P}^2 and Hirzebruch surfaces with the smallest possible degree of branch loci.

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