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Beyond geometric invariant theory

Algebraic Geometry

Speaker: Daniel Halpern-Leistner, Cornell University
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Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Wed, Mar 14 2018, 11:00AM

Geometric invariant theory is an essential tool for constructing moduli spaces in algebraic geometry. Its advantage, that the construction is very concrete and direct, is also in some sense a draw-back, because for a given moduli problem it is often intractable to explicitly describe GIT semistable objects in an intrinsic and simple way. Recently a theory has emerged which treats the results and structures of geometric invariant theory in a broader context. The theory of Theta-stability applies directly to moduli problems without the need to approximate a moduli problem as an orbit space for a reductive group on a quasi-projective scheme. I will discuss some new progress in this program: joint with Jarod Alper and Jochen Heinloth, we give a simple necessary and sufficient criterion for an algebraic stack to have a good moduli space. This leads to the construction of good moduli spaces in many new examples, such as the moduli of Bridgeland semistable objects in derived categories.