Algebraic Geometry Seminar

Yuchen Liu
The normalized volume of a singularity is lower semi-continuous
Abstract: Motivated by work in differential geometry, Chi Li introduced the normalized volume of a klt singularity as the minimum normalized volume of all valuations centered at the singularity. This invariant carries some interesting geometric/topological information of the singularity. In this talk, we show that in a Q-Gorenstein flat family of klt singularities, normalized volumes are lower semicontinuous with respect to the Zariski topology. As an application, we show that K-semistability is a very generic or empty property in a Q-Fano family. If time permits, I will discuss related results in positive characteristic. This talk is partly based on joint work with Harold Blum.
Wednesday October 24, 2018 at 4:00 PM in 427 SEO
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