Linear series on metrized complexes of algebraic curves

Algebra Seminar
Monday, October 8, 2012 - 15:05
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Georgia Tech
A metrized complex of algebraic curves over a field K is, roughly speaking, a finite edge-weighted graph G together with a collection of marked complete nonsingular algebraic curves C_v over K, one for each vertex; the marked points on C_v correspond to edges of G incident to v. We will present a Riemann-Roch theorem for metrized complexes of curves which generalizes both the classical and tropical Riemann-Roch theorems, together with a semicontinuity theorem for the behavior of the rank function under specialization of divisors from smooth curves to metrized complexes. The statement and proof of the latter result make use of Berkovich's theory of non-archimedean analytic spaces. As an application of the above considerations, we formulate a partial generalization of the Eisenbud-Harris theory of limit linear series to semistable curves which are not necessarily of compact type. This is joint work with Omid Amini.