The Hodge theorem as a derived self-intersection

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 -
3:30pm to 4:30pm
The Hodge theorem is one of the most important results in complex geometry. It asserts that for a complex projective variety X the topological invariants H^*(X, C) can be refined to new ones that reflect the complex structure. The traditional statement and proof of the Hodge theorem are analytic. Given the multiple applications of the Hodge theorem in algebraic geometry, for many years it has been a major challenge to eliminate this analytic aspect and to obtain a purely algebraic proof of the Hodge theorem. An algebraic formulation of the Hodge theorem has been known since Grothendieck's work in the early 1970's. However, the first purely algebraic (and very surprising) proof was obtained only in 1991 by Deligne and Illusie, using methods involving reduction to characteristic p. In my talk I shall try to explain their ideas, and how recent developments in the field of derived algebraic geometry make their proof more geometric, by allowing us to realize the Deligne-Illusie main result as a formality result for the derived self-intersection of a subvariety of a twisted space.
Andrei Căldăraru
University of Wisconsin
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 224