15 May 2008

12:00

Dirk Schlueter

Abstract

Hilbert schemes classify subschemes of a given projective variety / scheme. They are special cases of Quot schemes which are moduli spaces for quotients of a fixed coherent sheaf. Hilb and Quot are among the first examples of moduli spaces in algebraic geometry, and they are crucial for solving many other moduli problems. I will try to give you a flavour of the subject by sketching the construction of Hilb and Quot and by discussing the role they play in applications, in particular moduli spaces of stable curves and moduli spaces of stable sheaves.