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Motivic degree zero Donaldson-Thomas invariants

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  • UserKai Behrend (UBC)
  • ClockWednesday 10 November 2010, 14:15-15:15
  • HouseMR13, CMS.

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Given a smooth complex threefold X, we define the virtual motive of the Hilbert scheme of n points on X. In the case when X is Calabi-Yau, this gives a motivic refinement of the n-point degree zero Donaldson-Thomas invariant of X. The key example is affine three-space, where the Hilbert scheme can be expressed as the critical locus of a regular function on a smooth variety, and its virtual motive is defined in terms of the Denef-Loeser motivic nearby fiber. A crucial technical result asserts that if a function is equivariant with respect to a suitable torus action, its motivic nearby fiber is simply given by the motivic class of a general fiber. This allows us to compute the generating function of the virtual motives of the Hilbert schemes of affine three-space via a direct computation involving the motivic class of the commuting variety. We then give a formula for the generating function for arbitrary X as a motivic exponential, generalizing known results in lower dimensions. The weight polynomial specialization leads to a product formula in terms of deformed MacMahon functions, analogous to Gottsche’s formula for the Poincare polynomials of the Hilbert schemes of points on surfaces.

This talk is part of the Algebraic Geometry Seminar series.

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