Geometry and Physics Seminar: Jeffrey Giansiracusa

  • Date: 01/05/2015
  • Time: 14:30
Jeffrey Giansiracusa (Swansea University)

University of British Columbia


Scheme theory in tropical geometry


In the standard approach to tropicalization, an algebraic subset X of a toric variety over a non-archimedean valued field k is sent to a weighted polyhedral set Trop(X) which we think of as a combinatorial shadow of X. The result depends only on the k-points of X. A system of polynomial equations often contains more information than the set of its solutions over a field, and the philosophy of scheme theory is that we should treat the system of equations itself as a fundamental geometric object from which the solution set is derived. Scheme-theoretic tropicalization is about realizing Trop(X) as the solution set to an underlying system of polynomial equations over the idempotent semiring of tropical numbers - a system that is constructed in a canonical way from the equations defining X. The theory involves the field with one element, and with these ideas the Berkovich analytification appears as the universal tropicalization of X and as the moduli space of valuations on X.

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Note for Attendees:
Location: ESB 4127
The seminar will start at 2:30, rather than the usual 3pm, in order to avoid a conflict with the 4pm colloquium.