Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar Spring 2021

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The Virtual Seminar will take place on Fridays at 2:30 pm via Zoom. We will also link to relevant or interesting Zoom talks outside of the seminar.

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COVID-19 Update

As a result of Covid-19, the seminar for this semester will be held virtually. The default Zoom link for the seminar is (sometimes we will have to use a different meeting link, if Michael K cannot host that day).

Spring 2021 Schedule

date speaker title link to talk
January 29 Nir Avni (Northwestern) First order rigidity for higher rank lattices Zoom link
February 12 Marian Aprodu (Bucharest) Koszul modules, resonance varieties and applicationsSlides Zoom link
February 19 Dhruv Ranganathan (Cambridge) Logarithmic Donaldson-Thomas theory

Zoom link
February 26 Philip Engel (UGA) Compact K3 moduli Zoom link
March 5 Andreas Knutsen (University of Bergen) TBA Zoom link
March 12 Michael Groechenig (University of Toronto) TBA Zoom link
April 9 Hannah Larson (Stanford) TBA Zoom link
April 16 Eyal Subag (Bar Ilan - Israel) TBA Zoom link
April 23 Gurbir Dhillon (Yale) TBA Zoom link


Nir Avni

Title: First order rigidity for higher rank lattices.

Abstract: I'll describe a new rigidity phenomenon for lattices in higher rank simple algebraic groups. Specifically, I'll explain why the first order theories of such groups do not have (finitely generated) deformations and why they are determined (in the class of finitely generated groups) by a single first order axiom.

The results are from joint works with Alex Lubotzky and Chen Meiri.

Marian Aprodu

Title: Koszul modules, resonance varieties and applications.

Abstract: This talk is based on joint works with Gabi Farkas, Stefan Papadima, Claudiu Raicu, Alex Suciu and Jerzy Weyman. I plan to discuss various aspects of the geometry of resonance varieties, Hilbert series of Koszul modules and applications.

Dhruv Ranganathan

Title: Logarithmic Donaldson-Thomas theory

Abstract: I will give an introduction to a circle ideas surrounding the enumerative geometry of pairs, and in particular, intersection theory on a new models of the Hilbert schemes of curves on threefolds. These give rise to “logarithmic” DT and PT invariants. I will explain the conjectural relationship between this geometry and Gromov-Witten theory, and give some sense of the role of tropical geometry in the story. The talk is based on joint work, some of it in progress, with Davesh Maulik.

Philip Engel

Title: Compact K3 moduli

Abstract: This is joint work with Valery Alexeev. A well-known consequence of the Torelli theorem is that the moduli space F_{2d} of degree 2d K3 surfaces (X,L) is the quotient of a 19-dimensional Hermitian symmetric space by the action of an arithmetic group. In this capacity, it admits a natural class of "semitoroidal compactifications." These are built from periodic tilings of 18-dimensional hyperbolic space, and were studied by Looijenga, who built on earlier work of Baily-Borel and Ash-Mumford-Rapaport-Tai. On the other hand, F_{2d} also admits "stable pair compactifications": Choose canonically on any polarized K3 surface X an ample divisor R. Then the works of Kollar-Shepherd-Barron, Alexeev, and others provide for the existence of a compact moduli space of so-called stable pairs (X,R) containing, as an open subset, the K3 pairs.

I will discuss two theorems in the talk: (1) There is a simple criterion on R, called "recognizability" ensuring that the normalization of a stable pair compactification is semitoroidal and (2) the rational curves divisor, generically the sum of geometric genus zero curves in |L|, is recognizable for all 2d. This gives a modular semitoroidal compactification for all degrees 2d.

Eyal Subag



Gurbir Dhillon