(Algebraic Geometry, Algebra and Number Theory Seminar)

a joint venture of   UNT, UTA and TCU

Date/Time/Room: Friday Mar 7, 2003, at 4:00 pm in PKH 487 at UTA
Speaker: Prof. Tie Luo, Department of Mathematics, UTA

``Zero Loci of Holomorphic Forms and Birational Geometry''

Abstract: The zero locus of a holomorphic vector field has been a subject of study for a long time on a compact complex manifold. For example, the residue theorem of Bott relates the zero locus of a vector field with the Chern numbers of the manifold (which, in high-brow terms, explains why a vector field on a sphere has to vanish at some point). Surprisingly, not much has been done about the zero locus of a holomorphic form. Through studying various problems in birational geometry of algebraic varieties of general type (in dimension 1, theses are Riemann surfaces with more than one hole), we conjecture that a holomorphic form has to vanish somewhere on a variety of general type. In this talk, work done, and work in progress, towards verifying this conjecture will be presented.

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