Algebraic Geometry Seminar

Title: Extending the torelli map to alternative compactifications of the moduli space of curves
Speaker: Changho Han
Speaker Info: University of Waterloo
Brief Description:
Special Note:

It is well-known that the Torelli map, that turns a smooth curve of genus g into its Jacobian (a principally polarized abelian variety of dimension g), extends to a map from the Deligne-Mumford moduli of stable curves to the moduli of semi-abelic varieties by Alexeev. Moreover, it is also known that the Torelli map does not extend over the alternative compactifications of the moduli of curves as described by the Hassett-Keel program, including the moduli of pseudostable curves (can have nodes and cusps but not elliptic tails). But it is not yet known whether the Torelli map extends over alternative compactifications of the moduli of curves described by Smyth; what about the moduli of curves of genus g with rational m-fold singularities, where m is a positive integer bounded above? As a joint work in progress with Jesse Kass and Matthew Satriano, I will describe moduli spaces of curves with m-fold singularities (with topological constraints) and describe how far the Torelli map extends over such spaces into the Alexeev compactifications.
Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Time: 3:00pm
Where: Lunt 103
Contact Person: Yuchen Liu
Contact email: yuchenl@northwestern.edu
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