Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Fall 2019

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The seminar meets on Fridays at 2:25 pm in room B235 Van Vleck.

Here is the schedule for the previous semester, for the next semester, and for this semester.

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Fall 2019 Schedule

date speaker title host(s)
September 6 Yuki Matsubara On the cohomology of the moduli space of parabolic connections Dima
September 13 Juliette Bruce Semi-Ample Asymptotic Syzygies Local
September 20 Michael Kemeny The geometric syzygy conjecture Local
September 27
October 4
October 11
October 18 Kevin Tucker (UIC) TBD Daniel
October 25 Reserved Dima
November 1 Michael Brown Standard Conjecture D for Matrix Factorizations Local
November 8 Patricia Klein Geometric vertex decomposition and liaison Daniel
November 15 Libby Taylor [math]\displaystyle{ \mathbb{A}^1 }[/math]-local degree via stacks Daniel/Soumya
November 22 Daniel Corey Topology of moduli spaces of tropical curves with low genus Local
November 29 No Seminar Thanksgiving Break
December 6 Cynthia Vinzant TBD Matroids Day
December 13 Taylor Brysiewicz Jose


Yuki Matsubara

On the cohomology of the moduli space of parabolic connections

We consider the moduli space of logarithmic connections of rank 2 on the projective line minus 5 points with fixed spectral data. We compute the cohomology of such moduli space, and this computation will be used to extend the results of Geometric Langlands correspondence due to D. Arinkin to the case where the this type of connections have five simple poles on ${\mathbb P}^1$.

In this talk, I will review the Geometric Langlands Correspondence in the tamely ramified cases, and after that, I will explain how the cohomology of above moduli space will be used.

Juliette Bruce

Semi-Ample Asymptotic Syzygies

I will discuss the asymptotic non-vanishing of syzygies for products of projective spaces, generalizing the monomial methods of Ein-Erman-Lazarsfeld. This provides the first example of how the asymptotic syzygies of a smooth projective variety whose embedding line bundle grows in a semi-ample fashion behave in nuanced and previously unseen ways.

Michael Kemeny

The geometric syzygy conjecture

A famous classical result of M. Green asserts that the ideal sheaf of a canonical curve is generated by quadrics of rank four. Extending this to higher relations, one arrives at the so-called Geometric Syzygy Conjecture, stating that extremal linear syzygies are spanned by those of the lowest possible rank. This conjecture further provides a geometric interpretation of Green's conjecture for canonical curves. In this talk, I will outline a proof of the Geometric Syzygy Conjecture in even genus, based on combining a construction of Ein-Lazarsfeld with Voisin's approach to the study of syzygies of K3 surfaces.

Michael Brown

Standard Conjecture D for Matrix Factorizations

In 1968, Grothendieck posed a family of conjectures concerning algebraic cycles called the Standard Conjectures. They have been proven in some special cases, but they remain open in general. In 2011, Marcolli-Tabuada realized two of these conjectures as special cases of more general statements, involving differential graded categories, which they call Noncommutative Standard Conjectures C and D. The goal of this talk is to discuss a proof, joint with Mark Walker, of Noncommutative Standard Conjecture D in a special case which does not fall under the purview of Grothendieck's original conjectures: namely, in the setting of matrix factorizations.

Patricia Klein

Geometric vertex decomposition and liaison

Geometric vertex decomposition and liaison are two frameworks that can be used to study algebraic varieties. These approaches have been used historically by two distinct communities of mathematicians. In this talk, we will describe a connection between the two. In particular, we will see how each geometrically vertex decomposable ideal is linked by a sequence of ascending elementary G-biliaisons of height 1 to an ideal of indeterminates and, conversely, how every G-biliaison of a certain type gives rise to geometric vertex decomposition. As a consequence, we establish that several families of ideals are glicci, including Schubert determinantal ideals, defining ideals of varieties of complexes, and defining ideals of lower bound cluster algebras. This talk is based on joint work with Jenna Rajchgot.

Libby Taylor

[math]\displaystyle{ \mathbb{A}^1 }[/math]-local degree via stacks

We extend results of Kass-Wickelgren to to define an Euler class for a non-orientable vector bundle on a smooth scheme, valued in the Grothendieck-Witt group of the ground field. We use a root stack construction to produce this Euler class and discuss its relation to [math]\displaystyle{ \mathbb{A}^1 }[/math]-homotopy-theoretic definitions of an Euler class. This allows one to apply Kass-Wickelgren's technique for arithmetic enrichments of enumerative geometry to a larger class of problems; as an example, we use our construction to give an arithmetic count of the number of lines meeting $6$ planes in [math]\displaystyle{ \mathbb{P}^4 }[/math].


Because of exams and/or travel, Daniel is unable to attend seminars on Oct 11, Oct 18, Nov 15, and Dec 13.