MPS Conference on Higher Dimensional Geometry, October 2023

Date & Time

Paolo Cascini, Imperial College
Ivan Cheltsov, University of Edinburgh
János Kollár, Princeton University
Rob Lazarsfeld, Stony Brook University
James McKernan, University of California San Diego
Burt Totaro, University of California, Los Angeles
Chenyang Xu, Princeton University

Meng Chen, Fudan University
Antonella Grassi, University of Pennsylvania
Chen Jiang, Fudan University
Yongnam Lee, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology/IBS Center for Complex Geometry
John Lesieutre, Pennsylvania State University
Emanuele Macri, Université Paris-Saclay
Michael McQuillan, Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata
Alexander Perry, University of Michigan
Nick Shepherd Barron, King’s College London
Bernd Siebert, The University of Texas at Austin
Chengxi Wang, University of California, Los Angeles
De-Qi Zhang, National University of Singapore

Meeting Goals:
The Simons Conference on Higher Dimensional Geometry will focus on recent developments in the minimal model program and the theory of moduli spaces of varieties. Topics include K-stability, varieties defined in positive and mixed characteristic, Calabi-Yau type varieties, foliations and topology of varieties.

  • Agendaplus--large

    Wednesday, October 25th

    9:30 AMNick Shepherd-Barron | Generic Torelli with denominators for elliptic surfaces
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMEmanuele Macri | Deformations of stability conditions
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMDe-Qi Zhang | Structures theorems and applications of non-isomorphic surjective endomorphisms of smooth projective threefolds
    2:00 PMBREAK
    2:30 PMYongnam Lee | Smooth specialization of hypersurfaces in projective manifolds
    3:30 PMBREAK

    Thursday, October 26th

    9:30 AMAntonella Grassi | Local, global, local-to-global “principles" and elliptic Calabi-Yau threefolds with certain singularities
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMAlexander Perry | Hyperkähler varieties from CY2 categories
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMBernd Siebert | Intrinsic Mirror Symmetry
    2:00 PMBREAK
    2:30 PMChen Jiang | Numerically trivial automorphisms of hyperkähler 4-folds
    3:30 PMBREAK
    4:00 PMMichael McQuillan | Functorial resolution of singularities

    Friday, October 27th

    9:30 AMChengxi Wang | Fano varieties with extreme behavior
    10:30 AMBREAK
    11:00 AMMeng Chen | A lifting principle for canonical stability indices of varieties of general type
    12:00 PMLUNCH
    1:00 PMJohn Lesieutre | More pathologies of the volume function
  • Abstractsplus--large

    Meng Chen
    Fudan University

    A lifting principle for canonical stability indices of varieties of general type

    For any integer \(n>0\), the \(n\)-th canonical stability index \(r_n\) is defined to be the smallest positive integer so that the \(r_n\)-canonical map \(\Phi_{r_n}\) is stably birational onto its image for all nonsingular projective \(n\)-folds of general type. In this talk, I will explain the main steps towards proving the following conjecture(=”lifting principle”): \(r_n\) equals to the maximum of the set of those canonical stability indices of smooth projective \((n+1)\)-folds with sufficiently large canonical volumes. This is a joint work with Hexu Liu.

    Antonella Grassi
    University of Pennsylvania

    Local, global, local-to-global “principles”and elliptic Calabi-Yau threefolds with certain singularities

    We present  local, global and local-to-global properties of threefolds with certain singularities, in particular criteria for these threefolds to be rational homology manifolds and to satisfy rational Poincaré duality. The motivation comes from physics of string theory. We motivate and state a conjecture on the extension of Kodaira’s classification of singular fibers on relatively minimal elliptic surfaces to the class of birationally equivalent relatively minimal elliptically fibered varieties. We prove results  when X is an elliptic Calabi-Yau.

    Chen Jiang
    Fudan University

    Numerically trivial automorphisms of hyperkähler 4-folds

    An automorphism on a smooth projective variety is said to be numerically trivial if it induces a trivial action on the cohomology ring. A well-known result says that there is no numerically trivial automorphism for a K3 surface. I will report our recent progress on the absence of numerically trivial automorphisms of hyperkähler 4-folds.

    Yongnam Lee
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology/IBS Center for Complex Geometry

    Smooth specialization of hypersurfaces in projective manifolds

    In this presentation, we give a structure theorem for projective manifolds \(W_0\) with the property of admitting a one parameter deformation where a general fiber \(W_t\) is a smooth hypersurface in a projective smooth manifold \(Z_t\). Their structure is the one of special iterated univariate coverings, which we call normal type. We give an application to the case where \(Z_t\) is a projective space, respectively an abelian variety. We also give a characterizaton of smooth ample hypersurfaces in abelian varieties and describe an irreducible connected component of their moduli space. This talk is mainly based on joint work with Fabrizio Catanese.

    John Lesieutre
    Pennsylvania State University

    More pathologies of the volume function

    I will report on joint work with Valentino Tosatti and Simion Filip in which we show by example that for a pseudoeffective divisor D and ample A, the volume function vol(D+tA) for small values of t can exhibit various pathological behaviors.

    Emanuele Macri
    Université Paris-Saclay

    Deformations of stability conditions

    Bridgeland stability conditions have been introduced about 20 years ago, with motivations both from algebraic geometry, representation theory and physics. One of the fundamental problem is that we currently lack methods to construct and study such stability conditions in full generality. In this talk I would present a new technique to construct stability conditions by deformations, based on joint works with Li, Perry, Stellari and Zhao. As application, we can construct stability conditions on very general abelian varieties and deformations of Hilbert schemes of points on K3 surfaces.

    Michael McQuillan
    Università degli Studi di Roma Tor Vergata

    Functorial resolution of singularities

    The talk will give a general framework for resolution of singularities whether of varieties, resp. foliations, by way of a flow determined by an ideal, resp. a derivation, on the space of valuations of a complete regular local ring. In particular the convergence of this flow implies a wholly functorial solution of the resolution problem in question.

    Alex Perry
    University of Michigan

    Hyperkähler varieties from CY2 categories

    Hyperkähler varieties form one of the three building blocks for projective varieties with trivial canonical bundle. Their classification is widely open, but there is growing evidence that the problem is closely related to the classification of 2-dimensional Calabi-Yau categories, with the most optimistic hope being that any hyperkähler variety arises from a suitable moduli space of objects in such a category. I will discuss this circle of ideas, including work in progress with Arend Bayer, Laura Pertusi, and Xiaolei Zhao completing this program for hyperkähler varieties of Kummer type.

    Nick Shepherd-Barron
    King’s College London

    Generic Torelli with denominators for elliptic surfaces.

    It is well known that a very general curve of genus at least 5 is determined by its polarised rational Hodge structure. We prove an analogous result for elliptic surfaces.

    Bernd Siebert
    The University of Texas at Austin

    Intrinsic Mirror Symmetry

    One of the fundamental questions of mirror symmetry asks “How broadly do mirrors exist”? In the talk I will survey joint work with Mark Gross giving canonical candidate mirror varieties in the two basic cases (1) maximally unipotent degenerations of Calabi-Yau manifolds and (2) pairs (X,D) with trivial logarithmic canonical bundle. The construction is known or conjectured to reproduce all known algebraic-geometric mirror pairs.The coordinate rings of the intrinsic mirror families have module generators given by contact orders of curves with the irreducible components of the central fibers and with D, respectively. The structure coefficients are given by a variant of logarithmic Gromov-Witten invariants admitting negative contact orders, recently defined in joined work with Dan Abramovich and Qile Chen. Many interesting questions arise concerning the properties of intrinsic mirror families, including applications to moduli problems and classification theory.

    Chengxi Wang
    University of California, Los Angeles

    Fano varieties with extreme behavior

    It is attractive to classify Fano varieties with various types of singularities that originated from the minimal model program. For a Fano variety, the Fano index is the largest integer m such that the anti-canonical divisor is Q-linearly equivalent to m times some Weil divisor. For Fano varieties of various singularities, I show the Fano indexes can grow double exponentially with respect to the dimension. Those examples are also conjecturally optimal and have a close connection with Calabi-Yau varieties of extreme behavior.

    De-Qi Zhang
    National University of Singapore

    Structures theorems and applications of non-isomorphic surjective endomorphisms of smooth projective threefolds

    Let f: X to X be a non-isomorphic surjective endomorphism of a smooth projective threefold X. We prove that any birational minimal model program becomes f-equivariant after iteration, provided that f is delta-primitive. Here by ‘delta-primitive’ we mean that there is no f-equivariant dominant rational map X to Y to a positive lower-dimensional projective variety Y such that the first dynamical degree delta_f remains unchanged. We further determine the building blocks of f. As the first application, we prove the Kawaguchi-Silverman conjecture (about the equality of dynamic degree and arithmetic degree) for every non-isomorphic surjective endomorphism of a smooth projective threefold. As the second application, we reduce the Zariski dense orbit conjecture for f to a terminal threefold with only f-equivariant Fano contractions.

  • Travel & Hotelplus--large

    Air and Train
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    Expenses accrued as a result of meetings not directly related to the Simons Foundation-hosted meeting (a satellite collaboration meeting held at another institution, for example) will not be reimbursed by the Simons Foundation and should be paid by other sources.

    Below are key reimbursement takeaways; a full policy will be provided with the final logistics email circulated approximately 2 weeks prior to the meeting’s start.

    The daily meal limit is $125 and itemized receipts are required for expenses over $24 USD. The foundation DOES NOT provide a meal per diem and only reimburses actual meal expenses.

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