Algebraic Geometry Seminar

o-minimal GAGA and applications to Hodge theory

Speaker: Ben Bakker

Location: Warren Weaver Hall 317

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019, 3:30 p.m.


The cohomology groups of complex algebraic varieties come equipped with a powerful invariant called a Hodge structure.  Going back to foundational work of Griffiths, Hodge theory has found many important applications to algebraic and arithmetic geometry, but its intrinsically analytic nature often leads to complications.  Recent joint work with Y. Brunebarbe, B. Klingler, and J. Tsimerman has shown that in fact many Hodge-theoretic constructions can be carried out in an intermediate geometric category, and o-minimality provides the crucial tameness hypothesis to make this precise.  In this talk I will describe an o-minimal version of Serre’s GAGA theorem for non-proper varieties, and show how it can be used to prove a conjecture of Griffiths on the quasiprojectivity of the images of period maps.