# Normal bundles of rational curves and separably rationally connected varieties

*Geoff Smith (UIC)*

**07-May-2021, 19:00-20:00 (3 years ago)**

**Abstract: **In positive characteristic, there are two different notions of rational connectedness: a variety can be rationally connected or separably rationally connected (SRC). SRC varieties share many of the nice properties that rationally connected varieties have in characteristic 0. But, while it is conjectured that smooth Fano varieties are SRC, it is only known that they are rationally connected. In the last decade, several mathematicians have come up with different ways to show that general Fano complete intersections are SRC. In this talk, I'll explain this story, and then discuss an approach Izzet Coskun and I are using to show that other sorts of varieties are SRC by comparing the normal bundle of a rational curve on a variety and its normal bundle to some subvariety containing it. For instance, I'll show that a Fano complete intersection of hypersurfaces each of degree at least 3 on a Grassmannian is SRC.

algebraic geometry

Audience: researchers in the topic

**Comments: **The discussion for Geoff Smithâ€™s talk is taking place not in zoom-chat, but at tinyurl.com/2021-05-07-gs (and will be deleted after ~3-7 days).

**Stanford algebraic geometry seminar **

**Series comments: **The seminar was online for a significant period of time, but for now is solely in person.
More seminar information (including slides and videos, when available): agstanford.com

Organizer: | Ravi Vakil* |

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