Reciprocal linear spaces and their Chow forms

Algebra Seminar
Friday, April 10, 2015 - 15:00
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 006
North Carolina State
A reciprocal linear space is the image of a linear space under coordinate-wise inversion. This nice algebraic variety appears in many contexts and its structure is governed by the combinatorics of the underlying hyperplane arrangement. A reciprocal linear space is also an example of a hyperbolic variety, meaning that there is a family of linear spaces all of whose intersections with it are real.  This special real structure is witnessed by a determinantal representation of its Chow form in the Grassmannian. In this talk, I will introduce reciprocal linear spaces and discuss the relation of their algebraic properties to their combinatorial and real structure.