Friday, August 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Hannah Larson

Let C be a curve of genus g. A fundamental problem in the theory of algebraic curves is to understand maps of C to projective space of dimension r of degree d. When the curve C is general, the moduli space of such maps is well-understood by the main theorems of Brill--Noether theory.  However, in nature, curves C are often encountered already equipped with a map to some projective space, which may force them to be special in moduli.  The simplest case is when C is general among curves of fixed gonality.  Despite much study over the past three decades, a similarly complete picture has proved elusive in this case. In this talk, I will discuss recent joint work with Eric Larson and Isabel Vogt that completes such a picture, by proving analogs of all of the main theorems of Brill--Noether theory in this setting.