Department of Mathematics


  •  Ignacio Barros, Université Paris-Saclay
  •  Pencils on surfaces with normal crossings and the Kodaira dimension of $M_{g,n}$
  •  02/24/2021
  •  4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  •  Online (virtual meeting) (Virtual Meeting Link)
  •  Laure Flapan (

The first half of the talk will be a colloquium style talk, where I will recall the history of the problem of determining the Kodaira dimension of the moduli space of curves. In the second half I will report on joint work with D. Agostini, where we study smoothing of pencils of curves on surfaces with normal crossings. As a consequence we obtain new instances of $(g,n)$ where $M_{g,n}$ is of negative Kodaira dimension and provide bounds for the Kodaira dimension of $M_{16}$ and $M_{12,8}$. Passcode: MSUALG



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