Commutative Algebra Seminar
Spring 2017, Friday 3:10–4:00, LCB 215
Date  Speaker  Title — click for abstract 
January 20  Andrew Snowden University of Michigan 
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January 27  Brendan Levin University of Chicago 
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February 10  Andrew Bydlon University of Utah 
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March 1  Tokuji Araya Okayama University of Science, Japan 
Remarks on the total reflexivity for modules
The notion of totally reflexive module has been introduced by Auslander and Bridger. A finitely generated module M over a noetherian ring R is called "totally reflexive" if the following two conditions are satisfied:
(1) Ext^i_R(M,R)=0 for all i>0,
(2) Ext^i_R(Tr(M),R)=0 for all i>0.
Here, Tr(M) is the Auslander transpose of M. There is a famous question that "Does the condition (1) imply the condition (2)?". In 2004, D. Jorgensen and L. Sega gave a counter example. However, there are many cases where the question is hold. In this talk, we will consider when the question is hold.

March 8  Tsutomu Nakamura Okayama University, Japan 
Local homology functors with cosupports in general subsets of Spec R
Let R be a commutative Noetherian ring. In this talk, we introduce the local homology functor lambda^W with cosupport in a subset W of Spec R. If W is equal to a closed subset V(I) for an ideal I of R, then lambda^W coincides with an ordinary local homology functor, which is isomorphic to the left derived functor of Iadic completion functor. We show several results about lambda^W, where W is not necessarily closed or specializationclosed. As an application, we can give a simple proof of a classical theorem by Raynaud and Gruson, which states that the projective dimension of a flat Rmodule is less than or equal to the Krull dimension of R.
This talk is based on a joint work with Yuji Yoshino.

March 24  Chris Skalit University of Illinois, Chicago 
The ClabornFossum Conjecture and The Gersten Complex
A classical theorem of AuslanderBuchsbaum asserts that the divisor class group of a regular local ring A is trivial. Several years later, Claborn and Fossum conjectured that the same
result ought to hold for all cycles of positive codimension on Spec A. In this talk, we shall discuss the storied history of this problem, its connection with higher algebraic Ktheory, and some
recent progress.

March 31  Axel Stäbler University of Michigan 
Functorial test modules
In my talk I will report on joint work with Manuel Blickle. I will explain how one can generalize the definition of test ideals tau to socalled Cartier modules in a functorial way. We obtain several transformation rules with respect to f^! and f_* for various classes of morphisms f: X > Y, e.g. for f smooth one has an isomorphism f^! tau = tau f^!. Part of the reason for working in this generality is that one has an equivalence with constructible etale ptorsion sheaves up to nilpotence of Cartier modules and these results further support the idea that the test module construction relates to etale nearby cycles similarly to the complex situation where multiplier ideals relate to complex nearby cycles.

April 7  Wenbo Niu University of Arkansas 
Singularities under generic linkage
One of the central problem in linkage theory (or liaison) is to understand the behavior of singularities. Given a variety X, the general equations of X will define a complete intersection V containing X as a component. The closure of VX gives a variety Y as the residual part of X in V . Then Y is called a general link of X via V . Even for X nonsingular, Y is usually not nonsingular. But sometimes Y could have better singularities than X. In this talk, we will discuss how techniques from birational geometry can
used in the study of singularities under linkage. We will show that MJsingularties can be preserved under the process of linkage. This also leadsus to show the minimal log discrepancies are increased under linkage.

April 21  Eloísa Grifo University of Virginia 
Symbolic powers of ideals defining Fpure rings
Given a radical ideal I in a regular ring R, the containment problem of symbolic and ordinary powers of I consists of determining which symbolic powers of I are contained in each power
of I. By work of EinLazersfeldSmith and HochsterHuneke, there is a uniform answer to this question, but the containments it provides are not necessarily best possible. In this talk, we will discuss the containment problem and present new results for the case when R/I is Fpure or when R/I is strongly Fregular (each); in particular, that a conjecture of Harbourne holds in the Fpure case. This is joint work with Craig Huneke. 
April 21  Jack Jeffries University of Michigan 
Quantifying singularities using differential operators
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April 28  Mark Walker University of Nebraska, Lincoln 
The total rank conjecture
The title refers to a conjecture on the sum of the ranks of all the free modules occurring in a free resolution of a module of finite projective dimension over a local ring. It is a weakened form of the BuchsbaumEisenbudHorrocks Conjecture, which concerns a lower bound on the ranks of the individual free modules in such a resolution. I’ll sketch the proof of the total rank conjecture in certain cases and discuss possible generalizations.

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