Number Theory Seminar

Tuesday, March 14, 2023 11:30 am - 11:30 am EDT

Matthew Satriano, Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Waterloo

"Galois closures and components of Hilbert schemes"

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.

This seminar will be held both online and in person