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Moduli spaces of tropical curves and tropical psi classes

Andreas Gross, Colorado State University
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm
PDL C-36

Tropical curves are piecewise linear objects arising as degenerations of algebraic curves. The close connection between algebraic curves and their tropical limits persists when considering moduli. This exhibits certain spaces of tropical curves as the tropicalizations of the moduli spaces of stable curves. It is, however, still unclear which properties of the algebraic moduli spaces of curves are reflected in their tropical counterparts. In my talk, I will report on joint work in progress with Renzo Cavalieri and Hannah Markwig, in which we define tropical psi classes and study relations between them. I will explain how some of the expected identities cannot be recovered from a purely tropical perspective, whereas others can, revealing the tropical nature they have been of in the first place.

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