Prosjekt- og masteroppgaver for Gereon Quick

Jeg skal beskrive mine forslag av prosjekter og oppgaver på engelsk. Det er ingen krav til at oppgaven må forfattes på engelsk. Vi kan diskutere alt på norsk, og oppgaven kan også skrives på norsk. Men literaturen vi vil bruke, er vanligvis skrevet på engelsk. Derfor kan det gi mening å begynne å tenke på matematikk på engelsk. Du bestemmer!

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In my own research I am mostly interested in algebraic topology and algebraic geometry and their interactions.

Algebraic geometers try to understand the solutions of polynomial equations with coefficients over different fields, for example the complex numbers, the rational numbers, or a finite field, using geometric ideas and concepts. This is directly related to many classical problems in number theory and enumerative geometry.

One origin for algebraic topology was the attempt in the 19th and beginning 20th century to understand complicated functions, that arise for example in physics, using geomtry and algebra. Algebraic topologists have developed many powerful tools that now play an essential role in many areas of mathematics, and many fundamental mathematical problems can be formulated and solved using algebraic topology. Since the 1990s algebraic topology and algebraic geometry overlap in motivic homotopy theory.

I recommend that you attend some of the following courses before you start your project. Which one depends on the individual project.

Some Projects

Here are some suggestions for projects. There are a lot of other exciting projects we can work out together according to your interests and background.

If you are interested in working on a project with me, I am looking forward to hearing from you. Just contact me!

Enumerative geometry and motivic homotopy

Enumerative geometry is a classical branch of algebraic geometry in which one tries to understand in how many different ways a geometric problem can be solved. A famous example is the computation of the number of lines on a smooth cubic surface in three-dimensional projective complex space by Salmon and Cayley. This number is 27. With roots reaching to the beginnings of geometry, it has now connections to many areas in mathematics, e.g. characteristic classes via Schubert calculus, moduli spaces, mathematical physics and equivariant K-theory.

In this project we aim to study an exciting new development, initiated by Kass and Wickelgren, who show that there are arithmetic refinements of many classical counts of geometric objects. The refinement is based on an important joint branch of algebraic geometry and topology: motivic homotopy theory. This project could consist of studying one of the very interesting and rich recent papers in this direction and attempts to perform own new calculations. Such calculations can in principal be done only based on a background on commutative algebra and quadratic forms and could be supported by writing computer programs in for example Python. But there are plenty of theoretical problems waiting to be explored. Learning about enumerative geometry and motivic homotopy is an excellent preparation for further adventures in modern theoretical mathematics.

Massey products in Galois theory and arithmetic

to be described… :)

Algebraic vector bundles on surfaces and 3-folds

Let X be a complex affine algebraic variety (the set of zeroes of a system of polynomial equations with 3 variables and complex number coefficients). Such an X is in particular also a nice complex manifold. If E is a topological complex vector bundle on X (considered as a nice manifold), then E has associated Chern classes in the singular cohomology of X. Then one can ask a fundamental question: Under which conditions on the Chern classes of E is E algebraic, i.e., we can construct E by just using polynomial equations? In dimensions 2 and 3, it is known that a certain "algebraicity" condition on the first two Chern classes suffices. In dimension 4, Asok, Fasel and Hopkins have very recently shown that this condition is not enough to make sure that E is algebraic.

The goal of this project is to understand the situation in dimension 2 and to study concrete examples. Depending on the candidate's prior knowledge, one can then go further and have a look at the obstructions constructed by Asok-Fasel-Hopkins.

2023-11-02, Gereon Quick