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Tropicalisation of rational varieties

Algebra & Discrete Mathematics

Speaker: Alicia Dickenstein, Universidad de Buenos Aires and MSRI
Location: 2112 MSB
Start time: Fri, Nov 13 2009, 4:10PM

The tropicalisation trop(V) of an affine or projective algebrai variety V is a polyhedral complex, together with intersection theoretic data, that encodes important information about V as its dimension, its degree, and its asymptotic directions. When V is a hypersurface, trop(V) carries the same information as the Newton polytope of a defining equation for V.

The problem of describing trop(V) for a rational variety in terms of a given rational parametrization has been recently studied by Sturmfels-Tevelev-Yu and Esterov-Khovanskii. Based on Kapranov's theorem, we present a naive approach to the problem using curve valuations, which allows us to slightly generalize their results. The advantage of this point of view is that even if we get complete results only when the polynomials defining the parametrization are generic with respect to their Newton polytopes, the proofs can be extended to deal with more general cases. This is joint work in progress with Bernard Mourrain.