38406501359372282063949 & all that: Monodromy of Fano problems

Borys Kadets (MIT)

Fri May 1, 17:45-18:45 (4 weeks ago)

Abstract: A Fano problem is an enumerative problem of counting linear subspaces on complete intersections. Some familiar examples are finding the number of lines on a cubic surface, and finding the number of lines on the intersection of $2$ quadrics in $\mathbb{P}^4$. Suppose a general complete intersection of type $[d]=(d_1, ..., d_s)$ in $\mathbb{P}^n$ contains finitely many $r$-planes. To this Fano problem, described by the triple $([d],n,r)$, one can associate a group $G_{[d],n,r}$, the monodromy group of the Fano problem; it describes the permutations of $r$-planes on a complete intersection of type $[d]$, as the complete intersection varies. I will show that $G_{[d],n,r}$ is either a symmetric or an alternating group for almost all Fano problems with an explicit list of exceptions, and describe the monodromy groups of the exceptional problems. An interesting feature of this computation is that it avoids any local calculations, which seems necessary to get the result in full generality. This is joint work with Sachi Hashimoto.

algebraic geometry

Audience: researchers in the topic

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Stanford algebraic geometry seminar

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