Title: Geometry and syzygies of algebraic curves
Speaker: Robert Lazarsfeld
Speaker Info: Stony Brook
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Special Note:

It is a classical theorem that if X is a Riemann surface of genus g, and if X is embedded in projective space in a sufficiently positive manner, then X is cut out by equations of degree 2. Mark Green realized in the early 1980s that one should see this as the first case of a more general picture involving higher syzygies. Around that time, he and I conjectured that one should be able to read off the "gonality" of X -- i.e. the least degree with which X can be expressed as a branched covering of the sphere -- from the resolution of the homogeneous ideal of X with respect to any one sufficiently positive embedding. Lawrence Ein and I recently noticed that this gonality conjecture in fact follows very simply from a small variant of ideas introduced by Voisin. In this talk aimed at non specialists, I will survey this circle of ideas.
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 4:10pm
Where: Lunt 105
Contact Person: Mihnea Popa
Contact email: mpopa@math.northwestern.edu
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