Saturating the Jacobian ideal of a line arrangement via rigidity theory

Algebra Seminar
Monday, March 6, 2023 - 10:20am for 1.5 hours (actually 80 minutes)
Skiles 005
Michael DiPasquale – University of South Alabama – mdipasquale@southalabama.edu
Abeer Al Ahmadieh

A line arrangement is a collection of lines in the projective plane.  The intersection lattice of the line arrangement is the set of all lines and their intersections, ordered with respect to reverse inclusion.  A line arrangement is called free if the Jacobian ideal of the line arrangement is saturated.  The underlying motivation for this talk is a conjecture of Terao which says that whether a line arrangement is free can be detected from its intersection lattice.  This raises a question - in what ways does the saturation of the Jacobian ideal depend on the geometry of the lines and not just the intersection lattice?  A main objective of the talk is to introduce planar rigidity theory and show that 'infinitesimal rigidity' is a property of line arrangements which is not detected by the intersection lattice, but contributes in a very precise way to the saturation of the Jacobian ideal.  This connection builds a theory around a well-known example of Ziegler.  This is joint work with Jessica Sidman (Mt. Holyoke College) and Will Traves (Naval Academy).