Title: Monomial ideals, Galois closures, and Hilbert schemes of points
|University of Waterloo
|MC 5501 and Zoom - please contact Oliver Pechenik for the Zoom link
Abstract: Manjul Bhargava and the speaker introduced a functorial Galois closure operation for finite-rank ring extensions, generalizing constructions of Grothendieck and Katz-Mazur. In this talk, we use Galois closures to construct new components of Hilbert schemes of points, which are fundamental objects in algebraic geometry whose component structure is largely mysterious. We answer a 35 year old open problem posed by Iarrobino by constructing an infinite family of low dimensional components. This talk is based on joint work with Andrew Staal. No prior knowledge of Hilbert schemes will be assumed.