Geometry/Physics Seminar

Title: Convex bodies, algebraic varieties and group actions
Speaker: Kiumars Kaveh
Speaker Info: Pittsburgh
Brief Description:
Special Note:

We discuss a new connection between algebraic geometry/representation theory and convex geometry. We explain a basic construction which associates convex bodies to semigroups of integral points. We see how this gives rise to convex bodies associated to algebraic varieties encoding information about their geometry. This far generalizes the notion of Newton polytope of a toric variety. As an application, we give a formula for the number of solutions of an algebraic system of equations (equivalently self-intersection of a divisor/linear system) on any variety, in terms of volumes of these bodies. This has many interesting applications in algebraic geometry, in particular theory of linear systems. We will see how several convex polytopes naturally appearing in representation theory (of Lie groups) are special cases of this geometric construction. The origin of this approach goes back to influential work of A. Okounkov on multiplicities of representations. This has recently been further developed in the joint work of the speaker and A. G. Khovanskii, as well as independently by Lazarsfeld and Mustata. There are many interesting problems in this area yet to be addressed.
Date: Thursday, March 31, 2011
Time: 4:00pm
Where: Lunt 107
Contact Person: Owen Gwilliam
Contact email: gwilliam@math.northwestern.edu
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