PIMS - UBC Math Distinguished Colloquium: Frances Kirwan

  • Date: 04/06/2018
  • Time: 15:00
Frances Kirwan, University of Oxford

University of British Columbia


Moduli spaces of unstable curves


Moduli spaces arise naturally in classification problems in geometry. The study of the moduli spaces of nonsingular complex projective curves (or equivalently of compact Riemann surfaces) goes back to Riemann himself in the nineteenth century.


The construction of the moduli spaces of stable curves of fixed genus is one of the classical applications of Mumford's geometric invariant theory (GIT), developed in the 1960s. Here a projective curve is stable if it has only nodes as singularities and its automorphism group is finite. The aim of this talk is to describe these moduli spaces and outline their GIT construction, and then explain how recent methods from non-reductive GIT can help us to classify the singularities of unstable curves in such a way that we can construct moduli spaces of unstable curves (of fixed singularity type).

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Location: ESB 2012

Refreshments will be served in the PIMS Lounge from 2:30pm.