Moduli spaces of unstable curves

23 January 2017
14:15
Frances Kirwan
Abstract

The construction of the moduli spaces of stable curves of fixed genus is one of the classical applications of Mumford's geometric invariant theory (GIT).  Here a projective curve is stable if it has only nodes as singularities and its automorphism group is finite. Methods from non-reductive GIT allow us to classify the singularities of unstable curves in such a way that we can construct moduli spaces of unstable curves of fixed singularity type.

  • Geometry and Analysis Seminar