UC Berkeley

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry Seminar

March 01, 2016

939 Evans Hall


3:45PM: Real Rank Geometry of Ternary Forms

Bernd Sturmfels

We study real ternary forms whose real rank equals the generic complex rank, and we characterize the semialgebraic set of sums of powers representations with that rank. Complete results are obtained for quadrics and cubics. For quintics we determine the real rank boundary: it is a hypersurface of degree 168. For quartics, sextics and septics we identify some of the components of the real rank boundary. The real varieties of sums of powers are stratified by discriminants that are derived from hyperdeterminants.

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