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Algebraic Geometry Seminar

The algebraic geometry seminar in Term 2 2023/2024 will usually meet on Wednesdays at 3pm in B3.02, though we may sometimes change to allow speakers from other time zones.

See the talks from the previous term here.

Wednesday 10 January 2024, 3pm. Speaker: -

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Wednesday 17 January 2024, 3pm. Speaker: -

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Wednesday 24 January 2024, 3pm. Speaker: TBA

Title: TBA

Wednesday 31 January 2024, 3pm. Speaker: Chunyi Li (Warwick)

Title: Counting Stable Spherical Bundles on a K3 Surface


For a K3 surface S with higher Picard number, Huybretchs posts a question in his book asking if every spherical bundle is semistable with respect to some polarization and if there is a way to `counti' spherical bundles with a given character. Unfortunately, both problems fail in a naive way. More precisely,

1. there exists an example of a spherical vector bundle that is never semistable;

2. there exists an example of K3 surface and infinitely many spherical vector bundles with the same spherical Mukai vector v. Moreover, each of the vector bundles is stable with respect to some polarization.

However, we may put some assumptions on S so that the `counting theory' can make sense. In particular, when Nef(S) is rational polyhedral, we can do the actual counting. In the most interesting case that S is a generic elliptic K3 surface, we conjecture that on average there are ~(ln R)^2 many spherical bundles with a given character with rank r. The conjecture can be reduced to a question in classical analytic number theory.


I will discuss more details of spherical bundles and relevant questions in the talk. This is a joint work with Shengxuan Liu.

Wednesday 7 February 2024, 3pm. Speaker: Ivan Cheltsov (Edinburgh)

Title: Equivariant geometry of singular cubic threefolds

Abstract: I will report on a joint work with Yuri Tschinkel (Simons Foundation) and Zhijia Zhang (New York University) on linearizability of actions of finite groups on singular cubic threefolds.

Wednesday 14 February 2024, 3pm. Speaker: Augustinas Jacovskis (University of Luxembourg)

Title: Categorical Torelli for double covers

Abstract: Consider a threefold double cover X of (weighted) projective space, ramified in a canonically polarised surface Z. In this talk I'll describe a semiorthogonal decomposition of the mu_2-equivariant Kuznetsov component of X, and show that it contains a copy of Db(Z). This gives a relationship between the K-theory of the equivariant Kuznetsov component, and the primitive cohomology of Z. Using this relationship and classical Torelli theorems for hypersurfaces in (weighted) projective space, I'll show that for certain classes of prime Fano threefolds, an equivalence of Kuznetsov components implies that they're isomorphic. This is joint work with Hannah Dell and Franco Rota.

Wednesday 21 February 2024, 3pm. Speaker: Chenjing Bu (Oxford)

Title: Donaldson–Thomas invariants in type B/C/D

Abstract: We discuss the problem of constructing enumerative invariants for structure groups of type B/C/D, i.e. the orthogonal and symplectic groups. This includes counting principal bundles on a variety, or counting a certain version of quiver representations. In particular, we define Donaldson–Thomas invariants in type B/C/D for Calabi–Yau threefolds and quivers with potential, and discuss their wall-crossing behaviour under a change of stability conditions.

Wednesday 28 February 2024, 3pm. Speaker: Daniel Loughran (Bath)

Title: Arithmetic and geometry and cubic threefolds

Abstract: A famous theorem of Clemens and Griffiths states that any smooth cubic threefold over the complex numbers is non-rational. The key tool required in the proof was the intermediate Jacobian, which is a higher-dimensional version of the Jacobian of a curve. In this talk I will report on various applications with Javanpeykar on the intermediate Jacobian over non-algebraically closed fields, as well forthcoming work of my PhD student Tudor Ciurca on the rationality of cubic threefolds over fields of characteristic 2.

Wednesday 6 March 2024, 3pm. Speaker: Xenia de la Ossa (Oxford)

Title: TBA

Wednesday 13 March 2024, 3pm. Speaker: Thomas Gauthier (Université Paris-Saclay)

Title: TBA