Algebraic Geometry Seminar

Fall 2018 — Tuesdays 3:30 - 4:30 PM, location LCB 222

Date Speaker Title — click for abstract (if available)
August 21
August 28 Patrick Graf
University of Bayreuth
The Kodaira Problem: Results and Perspectives
The Kodaira problem asks whether every compact Kähler manifold can be deformed to a projective one. While Voisin gave counterexamples in 2004, a modified version for non-uniruled spaces remains open, and in fact has been established in dimension at most three by Claudon, Höring, Lin and myself. I will review these results and then talk about the (im)possibility of extending the conjecture to uniruled spaces. If time permits, I will also outline a current project dealing with higher dimensions. The latter two works are joint with Martin Schwald (Essen).
September 4 Harold Blum
University of Utah
Moduli of uniformly K-stable Fano varieties
In order to have a well behaved moduli functor for Fano varieties, it seems natural to restrict oneself to Fano varieties that are K-polystable. Recall, K-stability is an algebraic notion that characterizes when a smooth Fano variety admits a Kahler-Einstein metric. In this talk, we consider the behavior of uniform K-stability (a strengthening of K-stability) in families. We will explain that uniform K-stability is an open condition in Q-Fano families and the moduli functor of uniformly K-stable Q-Fano varieties is separated. Together with a boundedness result of C. Jiang, these results yield a separated DM stack paratmerizing uniformly K-stable Fano varieties of fixed dimension and volume. This is joint work with Yuchen Liu and Chenyang Xu.
September 11
September 18 Pablo Solis
Stanford University
Natural Cohomology on P1 x P1
I’ll begin with a discussion of the classification of vector bundles on P1 and explain what natural cohomology means in this context. Then I’ll consider the case of vector bundles on P1 x P1. In general vector bundles on surfaces are more complicated but a useful tool allows one to reduce many problems about vector bundles to questions of linear algebra. This is the theory of monads. I’ll discuss monads and show how they are used to prove a conjecture of Eisenbud and Scheryer about vector bundles on P1 x P1 with natural cohomology.
September 25
Raphael Rouquier
University of California, Los Angeles
Representation theory on spaces
I will discuss an emerging theory where geometrical objects arising in representation theory are themselves viewed as "representations of a higher group". More general "higher groups" should arise as invariants of algebraic varieties and I will speculate on connections with higher algebraic K-theory and spaces of stability conditions. I will describe some aspects of the representation theory of the "higher group" associated to a point.
October 2 Ziquan Zhuang
Princeton University
Birational superrigidity and K-stability
Birational superrigidity and K-stability are properties of Fano varieties that have many interesting geometric implications. For instance, birational superrigidity implies non-rationality and K-stability is related to the existence of Kähler-Einstein metrics. Nonetheless, both properties are hard to verify in general. In this talk, I will first explain how to relate birational superrigidity to K-stability using alpha invariants; I will then outline a method of proving birational superrigidity that works quite well with most families of index one Fano complete intersections and thereby also verify their K-stability. This is partly based on joint work with Charlie Stibitz and Yuchen Liu.
October 9 Fall Break
October 16 Stefano Filipazzi
University of Utah
A generalized canonical bundle formula and applications
Birkar and Zhang recently introduced the notion of generalized pair. These pairs are closely related to the canonical bundle formula and have been a fruitful tool for recent developments in birational geometry. In this talk, I will introduce a version of the canonical bundle formula for generalized pairs. This machinery allows us to develop a theory of adjunction and inversion thereof for generalized pairs. I will conclude by discussing some applications to a conjecture of Prokhorov and Shokurov.
October 23 Joaquín Moraga
University of Utah
Minimal log discrepancies and Kóllar components
The minimal log discrepancy of an algebraic variety is an invariant which measures the singularites of the variety. For mild singularities the minimal log discrepancy is a non-negative real value; the closer to zero this value is, the more singular the variety. It is conjectured that in a fixed dimension, this invariant satisfies the ascending chain condition. In this talk we will show how boundedness of Fano varieties imply some local statements about the minimal log discrepancies of klt singularities. In particular, we will prove that the minimal log discrepancies of klt singularities which admit an e-plt blow-up can take only finitely many possible values in a fixed dimension. This result gives a natural geometric stratification of the possible mld's on a fixed dimension by finite sets. As an application, we will prove the ascending chain condition for minimal log discrepancies of exceptional singularities in arbitrary dimension.
October 30
November 6
November 13 Lei Wu
University of Utah
Hyperbolicity of base spacs of log smooth families
People expect moduli spaces to be hyperbolic at least in the sense of stack. I will discuss known results about both analytic and algebraic hyperbolicity of certain moduli of varieties, for instance M_g and families of general type varieties. Then I will talk about hyperbolicity for base spaces of log smooth families of log general type pairs. I will use it to prove hyperbolicity of the moduli stack of Riemann surfaces of genus g with n marked points. This is joint work with Chuanhao Wei.
November 20 Renzo Cavalieri
Colorado State University
Witten conjecture for Mumford's kappa classes
Kappa classes were introduced by Mumford, as a tool to explore the intersection theory of the moduli space of curves. Iterated use of the projection formula shows there is a close connection between the intersection theory of kappa classes on the moduli space of unpointed curves, and the intersection theory of psi classes on all moduli spaces. In terms of generating functions, we show that the potential for kappa classes is related to the Gromov-Witten potential of a point via a change of variables essentially given by complete symmetric polynomials, rediscovering a theorem of Manin and Zokgraf from '99. Surprisingly, the starting point of our story is a combinatorial formula that relates intersections of kappa classes and psi classes via a graph theoretic algorithm (the relevant graphs being dual graphs to stable curves). Further, this story is part of a large wall-crossing picture for the intersection theory of Hassett spaces, a family of birational models of the moduli space of curves. This is joint work with Vance Blankers (arXiv:1810.11443) .
November 27 Ziwen Zhu
University of Utah
December 4 Final Exams

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