Algebraic Geometry Seminar
Max Planck Leipzig
Computing periods of hypersurfaces
Abstract: Given a complex manifold X, the periods of X are complex numbers which describe the complex structure of X upon the underlying topological manifold. The periods of a smooth algebraic variety reveal finer geometric data more readily than the defining equations alone. However, periods are typically very hard to compute. In the past 20 years, an algorithm for computing the periods existed only for plane curves. We will describe a different algorithm which can compute the periods of any smooth projective hypersurface. As an application, we will demonstrate how to reliably guess the Picard rank of a quartic K3 surface from its periods computed up to numerical error.
Wednesday February 14, 2018 at 4:00 PM in SEO 427