UC Berkeley

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar

October 23, 2012

939 Evans Hall


3:45PM: Tropicalization of the moduli space of curves

Sam Payne

Tropical geometry allows a systematic study of algebraic curves over valued fields in terms of the marked dual graphs of special fibers of models of the curve over the valuation ring. In the past several years, a number of researchers, including Caporaso, Gathmann, Kozlov, Mikhalkin, and their collaborators, have introduced and studied moduli spaces for these marked graphs, which are often called tropical curves, and estabilshed various analogies to moduli spaces of curves. I will present work that explains and extends these analogies, canonically and functorially, by applying a new generalized tropicalization map to the Deligne-Mumford compactification of the moduli space of stable curves. Berkovich spaces appear in the construction of this new tropicalization map in a natural and elementary way, but no tropical or nonarchimedean analytic background is assumed. This is joint work with D. Abramovich and L. Caporaso.

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