Workshop "Recent advances on the geometry of valuations"

November 8 - 11, 2017,   Frankfurt am Main

Organised by: Alex Küronya, Matthias Nickel, Annette Werner   

Supported by the Volkswagen Foundation

Main Speakers:

Sébastien Boucksom
Margarida Melo
Stefano Urbinati
Martin Ulirsch

Practical Information:

  • Map of campus Bockenheim.
  • To get to the lecture room from Frankfurt Main Station you can either walk (20-25 min), take the tram 16, or take the subway U4. With both tram or U4 you get off at station Bockenheimer Warte. Time table at RMV as well as information about tickets.
  • There are plenty of places to eat nearby, e.g., in Leipziger Strasse, Kiesstrasse, ... . Moreover, on Thursday there is the weekly market at Bockenheimer Warte.
  • Rooms: the workshop will take place on Wednesday in Room 711 in Robert-Mayer-Strasse 10 and from Thursday to Saturday in Room 302 in Robert-Mayer-Strasse 6-8


If you are interested in participating please send an informal email to Prospective participants with a need for financial support should attach a CV and a recommendation letter from a senior mathematician (thesis advisor for instance).


  Wed Thu Fri Sat
09:00-10:00    Stefano Urbinati  Martin Ulirsch Margarida Melo
10:00-10:30                  Coffee break Coffee break Coffee break
10:30-11:00   Sara Lamboglia  Yue Ren Marvin Anas Hahn
11.30-12:00   Fatemeh Mohammadi Kristin Shaw Marta Panizzut
12:00-14:00   Lunch break Lunch break  
14:00-14:30   Ferran Dachs Cadefau Juliana Restrepo Velásquez  
15:00-15:30   Mario Denis Kummer   Maksymilian Grab  
15:30-16:00   Coffee break Coffee break  
16:00-16:30 Coffee break  Lara Bossinger Problem session  
16:30-17:30 Sébastien Boucksom  Problem session Problem session  
17:30-18:00 break   Problem session  Problem session   
18:00-18:30  Paolo Tripoli Pizza and Beer    


Lara Bossinger (Köln)

Birational sequences and the tropical Grassmannian of planes

Birational sequences have been recently introduced by Fang, Fourier, and Littelmann. The provide a unified construction for toric degenerations of flag varieties (and more general spherical varieties) from representation theory. For example, Caldero's construction and the one of Alexeev-Brion are special cases. I will present a class of binational sequences, called iterated, that provide toric degenerations of Grassmannians. Iterated sequences have the advantage that the valuations used in the construction for toric degenerations can be computed explicitly. I will further show that for every degeneration of the Grassmannian of planes constructed using the tropicalization there exists an iterated birational sequences yielding an isomorphic degeneration.

Sébastien Boucksom (CNRS)

Berkovich spaces and K-stability

K-stability is a limiting version of GIT stability, which has recently been proved to be equivalent to the existence of a Kähler-Einstein metric for Fano manifolds. I will review some aspects of a joint project with Hisamoto and Jonsson, in which we use Berkovich spaces over a trivially valued field to interpret and study K-stability via non-Archimedean pluripotential theory.

Ferran Dachs Cadefau (Halle)

Constancy regions of mixed multiplier ideals in 2-dimensional
local rings

Multiplier ideals and jumping numbers are invariants that encode relevant information about the structure of the ideal to which they are associated.

These notions can be generalized allowing to consider several ideals at the same time. In this case we talk about mixed multiplier ideals and jumping walls, the equivalent notion in this setting.

This talk will be divided in two parts. A first part will be devoted to introduce some basics about multiplier ideals. For the second part of the talk, we will present an algorithm that for given ideals will compute the associated jumping walls and mixed multiplier ideals.

The presented results are a joint work with Maria Alberich-Carramiñana and Josep Àlvarez Montaner.


Alberich-Carramiñana, M.; Àlvarez Montaner, J. i Dachs-Cadefau, F., “Constancy regions of mixed multiplier ideals in two-dimensional local rings with rational singularities.”, Mathematische Nachrichten (2017),

Maksymilian Grab (Warsaw)

Crepant resolutions of 3-dimensional quotient singularities via Cox rings

We present the results of our study of Cox rings of crepant resolutions of three-dimensional quotient singularities C^3/G where G is finite subgroup of SL(3,C). We use a certain criterion involving monomial valuations to search for Cox rings of such resolutions. From this ring we can extract information on the geometric structure of each resolution, the number of different resolutions and the relations between them.
The talk is based on the joint work with Maria Donten-Bury (arXiv:1701.09149).

Marvin Anas Hahn (Tübingen)

Mustafin Varieties, moduli spaces and tropical geometry

Mustafin varieties are flat degenerations of projective spaces induced by a choice of an n-tuple of lattices in a vector space over a non-archimedean field. These varieties have a rich combinatorial structure as can be seen in pioneering work of Cartwright, Häbich, Sturmfels and Werner. In this talk, we give a new description for Mustafin varieties in terms of images of rational maps, which were studied by Li. We completely classify the irreducible components of Mustafin varieties associated to a tuple of lattices. We relate Mustafin varieties for convex point configurations to Shimura varieties and certain moduli functors which appear in the limit linear series theory developed by Osserman called prelinked Grassmannians. Our methods include tropical convex hull computations and tropical intersection theory. This is joint work with Binglin Li.

Mario Denis Kummer (MPI Leipzig)

Tropical Schottky Recovery

The (classical) Schottky problem asks for a classification of those abelian varieties that are the Jacobian of a curve. It was shown by Igusa that in genus four the locus of Jacobians is cut out by a single polynomial in the theta constants of a matrix from the Siegel upper half-plane. We show how tropicalizing this polynomial enables us to recover the metric graph from a tropical Jacobian. This construction generalizes to arbitrary genus although in the classical situation Igusa's result holds only for genus four. This is joint work with Lynn Chua and Bernd Sturmfels.

Sara Lamboglia (Warwick)

Tropical Fano schemes

The classical Fano scheme of a variety X parametrizes linear spaces contained in X. It is well understood for certain class of varieties such as toric varieties or hypersurfaces, but there are still many open questions concerning dimension and irreducibility. In this talk I am going to define the tropical analogue of the Fano scheme and I will show some of its properties. I will then explain how it would be possible to use the tropical Fano scheme to understand its classical counterpart. 

Margarida Melo (Roma Tre)

The tropicalization of the moduli space of compactified spin curves

The theory of linear series on tropical curves allows for a combinatorial systematic treatment of degenerations of classical linear series, leading to a number of beautiful results connecting classical and tropical viewpoints. The moduli space of spin curves over curves of given genus and its compactification by Cornalba are very well studied spaces and, jointly with their generalized version for moduli of higher roots, are important tools in the understanding of the moduli space of curves itself. The tropical version of the space of theta characteristics on a tropical curve, as described by Kharkov, glues together over the moduli of tropical curves of given genus. In this talk, which reports on joint ongoing work with Lucia Caporaso and Marco Pacini, I will describe instead the tropicalization of Cornalba’s moduli space and speculate on a number if possible properties and applications of this space.

Fatemeh Mohammadi (TU Berlin)

Degenerating Grassmannians into toric varieties

A toric variety is a certain algebraic variety modeled on a convex polyhedron. I will talk about the method of degenerating the Grassmannian Gr(d,n) into toric varieties. The Grassmannian Gr(d,n) is the subvariety of the projective space P^{{n\choose d}-1}} consisting of all d-dimensional subspaces of K^n (defined by the Plücker ideal). There are many toric degenerations for Grassmannians Gr(2, n) encoded by combinatorics of trees or equivalently by subdivisions of polygons. These degenerations can also be seen to arise from top dimensional cones of the tropicalisation of the Grassmannian. A point in the tropical Grassmannian arises from a classical plane defined by a rank d matrix of size d×n. The top dimensional cones of the tropical Grassmannian are good candidates for toric degenerations via initial ideals of the Plücker ideal. For the Grassmannians Gr(2, n) each  top dimensional  cone of the tropical Grassmannian gives a toric degeneration. But for Gr(3, n) the situation is not as nice, and there are cones of the tropical Grassmannian which do not produce toric degenerations. However, each top dimensional cone of the tropical Gr(3,n) determines a combinatorial tree arrangement. In an ongoing joint work with Kristin Shaw, we identify which cones of the tropical Gr(3, n) produce toric degenerations in terms of the combinatorics of their associated tree arrangements.

Joint work with Kristin Shaw.

Marta Panizzut (TU Berlin)

A tropical approach to the Brill–Noether theory of  curves on P1 × P1

A theory of linear systems on graphs have been introduced by Baker and
Norine in analogy with the one on algebraic curves. Their groundbreaking
work has led to the development of a Brill–Noether theory on tropical curves,
which provides new combinatorial insights in the study of linear systems on
curves. The interplay between the tropical and the classical theory is given
by specialization of linear systems from the generic fiber of a 1-parameter
family of curves to the dual graph of the special fiber.
In this talk, I will address questions on the Brill–Noether theory of generic
smooth curves on P1 × P1 by specializing to complete bipartite graphs.
This is a joint work with with Filip Cools, Michele D’Adderio and David

Yue Ren (TU Kaiserslautern)

Working with valuations in tropical geometry

In this talk, we will discuss some challenges that arise in computer algebra when dealing with tropical varieties over fields with valuations.

Algebraically, many problems hinge on the computation of initial ideals. Classically, for trivial valuations, this is done using well-known Gröbner basis techniques. However, they are inapplicable for non-trivial valuations because their underlying monomial orderings ignore any valuation on the coefficients. This can be solved either by modifying the existing notion of Gröbner bases, as done by Andrew Chan and Diane Maclagan, or by introducing a new variable to emulate the valuation.

We will be reviewing both methods and compare their implementation in MACAULAY2, SAGE and SINGULAR.

Juliana Restrepo Velásquez (Marseille)

On Lang's conjecture for some product-quotient surfaces

We prove effective versions of algebraic and analytic Lang’s conjectures for product-quotient surfaces of general type with geometric genus P_g = 0 and c_1^2 = c_2.

Kristin Shaw (TU Berlin)

A Lefschetz (1, 1) theorem in tropical geometry

The classical Lefschetz theorem characterizes the cohomology classes of complex projective varieties which arise as Chern classes of line bundles. It asserts that the these classes are precisely the integral classes contained in the (1, 1) part of the Hodge decomposition. In this talk I will explain an analogous result for polyhedral spaces. In joint work with Philipp Jell and Johannes Rau, we show that the tropical cohomology classes arising from tropical line bundles are precisely the integral classes contained in the kernel of the so-called wave map of Mikhalkin and Zharkov. Combining this result with Poincaré duality, given a tropical manifold of dimension n we can completely describe the tropical homology classes of type (n-1, n-1) that can be represented by so-called straight cycles. These are the candidates for the tropicalization of algebraic cycles. I will explain the proof of these facts along with corollaries and examples of our results. 

Paolo Tripoli (Warwick)

Tropical Chow hypersurfaces

Given a projective variety X, the Chow hypersurface Z_X parametrizes linear spaces that intersect X.  Chow hypersurfaces are the basic brick for the construction of a classical moduli spaces called Chow variety. In this talk, I will introduce a tropical Chow hypersurface Trop(Z_X) and I will explore some of its geometric properties. I will show that this object only depends on the tropical variety Trop(X) and I will provide an explicit way to obtain Trop(Z_X) from Trop(X). In the end, I will discuss how tropical Chow hypersurfaces could lead to the construction of a moduli space of tropical varieties.

Martin Ulirsch (Ann Arbor)

Tropical geometry of the Hodge bundle

Abstract: The Hodge bundle is a vector bundle over the moduli space of smooth curves (of genus g) whose fiber over a smooth curve is the space of abelian differentials on this curve. We may define a tropical analogue of its projectivization as the moduli space of pairs (Γ, D) consisting of a stable tropical curve Γ and an effective divisor D in the canonical linear system on Γ. This tropical Hodge bundle turns out to be of  dimension 5g-5, while it is a classical fact that the projective Hodge bundle has dimension 4g-4. This means that not every pair (Γ, D) in the tropical Hodge bundle arises as the tropicalization of a suitable element in the algebraic Hodge bundle.

In this talk I am going outline a comprehensive (and completely combinatorial) solution to the realizability problem, which asks us to determine the locus of points in the tropical Hodge bundle that arise as tropicalizations. Our approach is based on recent work of Bainbridge-Chen-Gendron-Grushevsky-Möller on compactifcations of strata of abelian differentials. Along the way, I will also develop a moduli-theoretic framework to understand the specialization of divisors to tropical curves as a natural tropicalization map in the sense of Abramovich-Caporaso-Payne.

This talk is based on joint work with Bo Lin, as well as with Martin Möller and Annette Werner.

Stefano Urbinati (Padova)

Newton-Okounkov bodies and Toric Degenerations of Mori dream spaces via Tropical compactifications

Given a smooth Mori dream space X we construct a model dominating all the small Q-factorial modifications via tropicalization. This construction allows us to recover a Minkowski basis for the Newton-Okounkov bodies of divisors on  X and hence the movable cone of X. The existence of such basis allows us to prove the polyhedrality of the global Newton-Okounkov body and the existence of toric degenerations. This is a work in collaboration with Elisa Postinghel.