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Seminar Algebraische Geometrie

Sommer Semester 2020



Johannes Hofscheier (Nottingham) (Webex talk--details below)

A geometric proof of the generalised Mukai conjecture for horospherical Fano varieties

Abstract: Horospherical varieties naturally generalise toric and flag varieties. They form a rich class of algebraic varieties admitting an action by a reductive group with an open dense orbit. In this talk, I will present joint work in progress with Giuliano Gagliardi on a geometric proof of the generalised Mukai conjecture for horospherical Fanovarieties. Our approach uses a geometric characterisation of topic varieties using log pairs which was conjectured by Shokurov and recently proven byBrown-McKernan-Svaldi-Zong.

Meeting-Link: https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m7e8fe38c0f6e7005a499ba5f085feee5 (Meeting number 849 418 444, password wTbiMZCb898).


Elena Martinengo (Turin) (Webex-talk--details below)

On degeneracy loci of equivariant bi-vector fields on a smooth toric variety.

 On a smooth toric variety $X$ of dimension $n$, we study equivariant bi-vector fields, i.e. global sections of the second symmetric power of the homolorphic tangent bundle that are equivariant with respect to the toric action. We are interested in the degeneracy loci, that are the loci in which therank of such a bi-vector field is less or equal some integer $k$. In particular, in the spirit of a Bondal conjecture, we prove that the locus where the rank of an equivariant bi-vector field is $\leq 2k$ is not empty and has at least a component of dimension $\geq 2k+1$, for all integers $k > 0$ such that $2k < n$. The same is true also for $k = 0$, if the toric variety is smooth and compact. While for the non compact case, the locus in question has to be assumed to be non empty.


https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m7e8fe38c0f6e7005a499ba5f085feee5 (Meeting number 849 418 444, password wTbiMZCb898)


Rostislav Devyatov (Bonn) (Webex talk--details below)


https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m7e8fe38c0f6e7005a499ba5f085feee5 (Meeting number 849 418 444, password wTbiMZCb898)


Andreas Hochenegger (Pisa)  (Webex talk--details below)

Ulrich bundles on projective bundles

Abstract: Given some smooth projective variety X, it is a difficult question whether X admits an Ulrich bundle, which are locally free sheaves fulfilling strong conditions on its cohomology. In this talk I will present some constructions of Ulrich bundles in the case that X itself is a projective bundle. This is about a joint work in progress with Klaus Altmann.


https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m7e8fe38c0f6e7005a499ba5f085feee5 (Meeting number 849 418 444, password wTbiMZCb898)


No talk! Pentecost holiday.


Lutz Hille (Muenster)  (Webex talk--details below)

Inverse limits of moduli of quiver representations, Chow quotients and Losev-Manin moduli spaces

Abstract: Motivated by the construction of the compactifications of the moduli space of marked curves of genus zero with n marks (often called Mumford-Knudsen moduli space) we consider a similar construction for certain quiver representations. This construction uses King's construction of the moduli space of \Theta-stable quiverrepresentations  and a certain inverse limit over all possible weights \Theta.

In a special case we recover the Mumford-Knudsen, the Losev-Manin and all the Hassett compactifications for a certain choice of a quiver, a dimension vector and a certain set of Weights. 

In this talk I consider the toric situation, that started as joint work with Altmann about 25 years ago and is still a challenge from a combinatorial point of view. In a particular situation we get the Losev-Manin compactification, however, using quivers, it is obvious how to generalize this approach (joint work with Mark Blume).


https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m7e8fe38c0f6e7005a499ba5f085feee5 (Meeting number 849 418 444, password wTbiMZCb898)



Jan Stovicek (Prague) (Webex talk--details below)

Pure-injective quasi-coherent sheaves on elliptic curves

Abstract: The aim of the talk is to explain a joint contribution with Alessandro Rapato to the classification of indecomposable pure-injective quasi-coherent sheaves over the elliptic curves. This work is contained in his thesis (https://http://eprintsphd.biblio.unitn.it/3769/1/PhD_Thesis_Rapa.pdf)

The notion of pure-injective (also known under the name "algebraically compact") module originated as a key concept in model theory of modules and extends to categories sheaves. Coherent sheaves on smooth projective schemes over a field are pure-injective, as are finite dimensional modules over finite-dimensional algebras, but the conversei s usually not true. In some sense, pure-injective quasi coherent sheaves should be the next best understandable sheaves to coherent ones, analogously to the case of modules.

The situation is completely understood for the projective line, and here we focus on elliptic curves. Building on the work of Reiten and Ringel (who introduced the notion of slope for any indecomposable quasi-coherent sheaf) and in the context of a recent work of Kussin and Laking (arXiv:1911.02485), we found large families of indecomposable pure-injective quasi-coherent sheaves of irrational slope.


https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m7e8fe38c0f6e7005a499ba5f085feee5 (Meeting number 849 418 444, password wTbiMZCb898)


Thomas Eckl (Liverpool) (Webex talk--details below)

Nagata's Conjecture, Kaehler packings and toric degenerations 

Abstract: Interpolation problems in the (complex projective) plane are a classical topic still posing many wide open conjectures, like Nagata's Conjecture. In modern terminology, these conjectures can be interpreted as predictions on local positivity on polarized algebraic varieties. In this talk, we first motivate that measuring local positivity is closely connected to solving packing problems in symplectic and Kaehler geometry. In particular, we show that Nagata's Conjecture is equivalent to a prediction on the maximal possible size of multiple balls packed into the complex projective plane respecting the Kaehler structure. Finally, we indicate how toric degenerations can be used to construct Kaehler packings explicitly.


https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m7e8fe38c0f6e7005a499ba5f085feee5 (Meeting number 849 418 444, password wTbiMZCb898)


Hal Schenck (Auburn) (Webex talk--details below)

Milnor ring of a singular projective hypersurface V(F)

Abstract: For a reduced hypersurface V(f) in P^n of degree d, the Milnor algebra M(f) is a quotient of the polynomial ring by the Jacobian ideal of f. The Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity of the Milnor algebra M(f) is well understood when V(f) is smooth, as well as when V(f) has isolated singularities. We study the regularity of M(f) when V(f) has a positive dimensional singular locus. In certain situations, we prove that the regularity is bounded by (d?2)(n+1), which is the degree of the Hessian polynomial of f. However, this is not always the case, and we prove that the regularity can grow quadratically in d. I will also describe several famous theorems about why one cares about M(f), including results from hyperplane arrangement cohomology and Hodge theory


https://fu-berlin.webex.com/fu-berlin/j.php?MTID=m7e8fe38c0f6e7005a499ba5f085feee5 (Meeting number 849 418 444, password wTbiMZCb898)

Winter Semester 2019/2020

Unless otherwise specified talks take place in room 119 (Arnimallee 3) at 16:15



Luis Sola Conde (Trento)

Characterizing rational homogeneous varieties.

Abstract: I
n this talk we will discuss possible characterizations of homogeneity within the framework of Fano varieties. More concretely, we will first examine the relation among the homogeneity of a Fano variety, and the positivity of its tangent bundle. In the second part of the talk, we will consider fiber bundles on rational homogeneous varieties, and study how uniformity could imply homogeneity in this setting.


Andrzej Weber (Warschau)

Elliptic characteristic classes of Schubert varieties and Hecke-type algebra

We consider the homogeneous spaces G/P, where G is a complex reductive group, and P its a parabolic subgroup. We study characteristic classes of Schubert varieties in cohomology or K theory. The elliptic classes defined by Borisov and Libgober are of special interest. To compute them we need to understand the canonical divisors of Schubert varieties. This can be obtained by analysis of Bott-Samelson resolutions. As the output we obtain inductive formulas extending the classical results of Demazure, Beilinson-Gelfan-Gelfand, Lusztig and Lascoux-Schutzenberger.

This is a joint work with Shrawan Kumar and Richard Rimanyi.


Eleonora Romano (Warschau)

Torus actions on projective manifolds: Combinatorics vs Birational Geometry

Abstract: In this talk we focus on one-dimensional torus actions on complex smooth projective varieties of arbitrary dimension. On one hand, we introduce some combinatorics tools which we need in our situation, on the other hand we discuss how Birational Geometry takes his role. In particular, we review the classical adjunction theory from a new perspective given by the torus acting. Moreover we see how this new approach allows to get some classification results for special varieties called of "small bandwidth". As an application of our results, we will conclude by putting them in the context of the classification of contact Fano varieties of high dimension. This talk is a joint work with J. Wisniewski, and includes a work in progress with G. Occhetta, L. Sola' Conde and J. Wisniewski.


Simon Telen (KU Leuven, Belgium/TU-Berlin)

Numerical Root Finding via Cox Rings

Abstract: In this talk, we consider the problem of solving a system of (sparse) Laurent polynomial equations defining finitely many nonsingular points in a compact toric variety. The Cox ring of this toric variety is a generalization of the homogeneous coordinate ring of projective space. We work with multiplication maps in graded pieces of this ring to generalize the eigenvalue, eigenvector theorem for root finding in affine space. We present a numerical linear algebra algorithm for computing the corresponding matrices, and from these matrices a set of homogeneous coordinates of the roots of the system. Several numerical experiments show the effectiveness of the resulting method, especially for solving (nearly) degenerate, high degree systems in small numbers of variables.


Ilya Smirnov (Stockholm)

Lech's inequality and its combinatorics. 

Abstract: Multiplicity and colength are two most basic invariants of an m-primary ideal of a local ring. These two invariants can differ drastically, but in 1960 Lech found that the ratio multiplicity(I)/colength(I) is bounded uniformly by the multiplicity of the ring.

If dimension is not two, this inequality is never sharp. In a joint work with Craig Huneke and Javid Validashti, we conjectured an improvement and made a certain progress. 

In my talk, I will discuss these results and will give all necessary background details. I will focus on an existing connection with enumerative combinatorics and will give a combinatorial proof of Lech's inequality and explain a combinatorial form of our conjecture. 

Wednesday!!! 04.12.2019

Olivier Benoist (Paris)

Rational curves in real rationally connected varieties.

Abstract: Can one approximate a loop drawn in the real locus of a real rationally connected variety by the real locus of a rational curve lying on it? We will give a positive answer in particular cases, including cubic hypersurfaces, intersections of two quadrics, and compactifications of homogeneous spaces. This is joint work with Olivier Wittenberg.


Alessio Corti (London)

Smoothing Gorenstein toric affine 3-folds: some Conjectures

Abstract. I present a conjectural description of the smoothing components of the deformation space. I discuss context, evidence, and relation to mirror symmetry. Work with Matej Filip and Andrea Petracci.


No talk: NoGaGS in Hannover


Irem Portakal (Magdeburg)

Combinatorial aspects of Kazhdan-Lusztig varieties

Abstract: In this talk, we present a combinatorial introduction to Kazhdan-Lusztig (KL) varieties in terms of Rothe diagrams. This enables us to understand the so-called usual torus action on them in terms of simple directed graphs. Moreover there is a one-to-one correspondence between KL varieties and the affine neighborhoods of torus fixed points in the Schubert variety in the full flag variety. We utilize existing results about the usual torus action on the Schubert variety in order to determine the complexity of the torus action on KL varieties. This is joint work with Donten-Bury and Escobar.


Roser Homs Pons (Leipzig)

Computing minimal Gorenstein covers

Abstract: We analyze and present an effective solution to the minimal Gorenstein cover problem: given a local Artin k-algebra A =k[[x_1,...,x_n]]/I, compute an Artin Gorenstein k-algebra G = > k[[x_1,...,x_n]]/J such that l(G)−l(A) is minimal. We approach the problem by using Macaulay’s inverse systems and a modification of the integration method for inverse systems to compute Gorenstein covers. We propose new characterizations of the minimal Gorenstein cover and present a new algorithm for the effective computation of the variety of all minimal Gorenstein covers of A for low Gorenstein colength.

Summer Semester 2019

Unless otherwise specified talks take place in room 119 (Arnimallee 3) at 16:15


!! Tuesday, 23.04.2019  at 12: 15 in room 210 (Arnimallee 3) !!

Duco van Straten (Mainz)

Continuous algebraic geometry: exploring fractional dimension.

Abstract: The concept of interpolation to a continuous variable is very old, and has turned out to be very useful, the Gamma-function being an example in case. In this talk I will report on joint work with V. Golyshev on projective spaces and Grassmanians of fractional dimension and the algebraic geometry related to it.


Jarek Wisniewski (Warsaw)

Combinatorics of C* action and varieties of small bandwidth.

Abstract: Motivated by LeBrun-Salamon conjecture about quaternion-Kahler manifolds we study polarized pairs (X,L) with an action of C* on the complex manifold X such that its general orbit has small degree with respect to the ample line bundle L. For this purpose we describe adjunction morphism for (X,L) using combinatorics arising from the action of C*. In passing we get a reinterpretation of classical objects in projective and birational geometry like Severi varieties and special Cremona tranformations. I will report on a joint work with Romano and Ochetta, Sola Conde.


Luca Battistella (MPI, Bonn)

Reduced Gromov-Witten invariants and singularities of genus one

Abstract: Classical enumerative geometry produced beautiful theorems such as: every smooth cubic surface contains exactly 27 lines. The subject has been reinvigorated since the introduction of the moduli space of stable maps, which, for example, allowed Kontsevich to solve a long-standing problem: the number of rational plane curves of degree d passing through 3d-1 general points. More generally, it made it possible to answer many questions on rational curves in projective complete intersections.

Dealing with curves of higher genus is more difficult, because the moduli spaces are not so well behaved. I will explain this with an example in genus one. We will then see two different approaches to the problem: a desingularisation of the moduli space, which led to the definition of reduced invariants, due to Li-Vakil-Zinger, and alternative compactifications obtained by Viscardi by allowing the source curve to acquire a singularity of genus one. For the quintic threefold, the two approaches are put in relation in joint work with Carocci and Manolache.

If time permits, I will discuss how log geometry - a far-fetching generalisation of toric geometry which is often useful to single out and improve the main component of moduli spaces - enters the picture, both by producing natural contractions to singular curves, and allowing us to study the relative problem, i.e. a count of curves tangent to a hyperplane section. This is joint work with Nabijou and Ranganathan, based on a ground-breaking paper of Ranganathan, Santos-Parker, and Wise.


Matej Filip (Mainz)

The versal deformation for toric varieties in special lattice degrees.

Abstract: I will describe the versal deformation for non-solated Gorenstein toric varieties in the Gorenstein lattice degree.


Klaus Altmann (FU-Berlin)

Deformation of toric singularities by universal extensions of semigroups

Abstract: We show how extensions of semigroups lead to deformations of toric singularities. On the level of semigroups, universal extensions exist, and they lead to versal deformations of the toric singularities in a prescribed multidegree. This is joint work with Alexandru Constantinescu (FUB) and Matej Filip (Mainz).


Christian Sevenheck (Chemnitz)

Hodge ideals for certain free divisors

Abstract: In recent years, there has been renewed interest in the theory of mixed Hodge modules, mainly motivated by questions from birational geometry. In particular, Mustata and Popa have defined the so-called Hodge ideals, which describes to a certain extend to Hodge filtration on the complement of a singular divisor. In this talk, I will explain what Hodge ideals are and then discuss a particular case, namely that of certain free divisors, where quite explicit statements about the Hodge filtration can be made. This is joint work with Luis Narvaez Macarro (Sevilla) and Alberto Castaño Domínguez (Santiago de Compostella).

Rekha Thomas (Seattle)

Toric slack ideals and psd-minimal polytopes

Abstract: Slack ideals of polytopes are saturated determinantal ideals that encode all realizations of polytopes in the same combinatorial class. The simplest of these ideals are toric and it is an open question as to which polytopes give rise to toric slack ideals. However, we do know many special properties of polytopes with toric slack ideals and in this talk I will explain these results. They are related to both projectively unique polytopes and polytopes that admit the smallest  possible lifts into psd cones, two rather unrelated concepts it seems. There are several open questions in this circle of ideas which I will mention.

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