Enumeration of singular curves with tangency conditions

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 -
4:30pm to 6:00pm
How many nodal degree d plane curves are tangent to a given line? The celebrated Caporaso-Harris recursion formula gives a complete answer for any number of nodes, degrees, and all possible tangency conditions. In this talk, I will report my recent work on the generalization of the above problem to count singular curves with given tangency condition to a fixed smooth divisor on general surfaces. I will relate the enumeration to tautological integrals on Hilbert schemes of points and show the numbers of curves in question are given by universal polynomials. As a result, we can obtain infinitely many new formulas for nodal curves and understand the asymptotic behavior for all singular curves with any tangency conditions.
Yu-Jong Tzeng
Harvard University
Event Location: 
Fine Hall 322