Title: Birational geometry in positive characteristic

Date: 01/17/2020

Time: 4:10 PM - 5:00 PM

Place: C304 Wells Hall

Birational geometry aims to classify algebraic varieties by breaking them down into elementary building blocks, which may then be studied in more detail. This is conjecturally accomplished via a process called the log minimal model program. The program is now very well developed for varieties over fields of characteristic zero, but many of the most important proof techniques break down outside that situation. In this talk, I will give an overview of the main aims of the log minimal model program, and then focus on recent progress in the classification of varieties defined over fields of positive characteristic.