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Texas A&M University

Geometry Seminar

Date: November 18, 2022

Time: 4:00PM - 5:00PM

Location: BLOC 302

Speaker: Amy (Hang) Huang, Auburn


Title: Vanishing Hessian and Wild Polynomials

Abstract: Notions of ranks and border rank abounds in the literature. Polynomials with vanishing hessian and their classification is also a classical problem. Motivated by an observation of Ottaviani, we will discuss why when looking at concise polynomials of minimal border rank, being wild, i.e. their smoothable rank is strictly larger than their border rank, is the same as having vanishing Hessian. The main tool we are using here is the recent work of Buczynska and Buczynski relating the border rank of polynomials and tensors to the multi-graded Hilbert scheme. From here, we found two infinite series of wild polynomials and we will try to describe their border varieties of sums of powers, which is an analog of the variety of sums of powers.