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Deformations of semisimple Lie algebras

In the questions Is "semisimple" a dense condition among Lie algebras? and What is the Zariski closure of the space of semisimple Lie algebras?, something equivalent to the following is ...
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Kontsevich's conjectures on the Grothendieck-Teichmüller group?

Reading Kontsevich's "Operads and Motives in Deformation Quantization", I was wondering about the state of the many conjectures concerning the Grothendieck-Teichm├╝ller group in chapter 4. (Also, where ...
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Innovations in deformation theory

I've been trying to get into deformation theory lately, and I became thirsty for a bit of context. Has Deformation Theory seen a lot of development since its inception? If I read Michael Artin's ...
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A versal deformation of a simple node

I have a passing familiarity with moduli theory, which gets me in trouble when I want to understand specific examples. The basic question I would like to understand is how to prove something is a ...
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Deformations of hypersurfaces

Suppose I have a smooth hypersurface $X$ in $\mathbb{P}^n$ which is invariant under a (say finite) group $G$ of projective transformations. What can be said about the action of $G$ on the deformation ...
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Maurer-Cartan and representable functors on differential graded commutative algebras

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a differential graded Lie algebra on a charcteristic zero field, whose underlying chain complex is bounded below and degreewise finite dimensional. Then $\mathfrak{g}$ defines a ...
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Grothendieck-Messing theory for finite flat group schemes

Classical Grothendieck-Messing theory relates deformations of $p$-divisible groups to lifts of the Hodge filtration (if the ideal defining the nilpotent immersion is equipped with a PD-structure). If ...
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Deformations and the dual numbers

The question I have is pretty straightforward, and its answer could very well be contained in some more complicated question(s) asked previously. Here it is: Why are deformations typically ...
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“Spec” of graded rings?

From the discussion here, it seems that general Hochschild cohomology classes correspond to deformations where the deformation parameter can have nonzero degree. So I have some naive and maybe stupid ...
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Variation of the Albanese map

Let $S$ be an irregular surface of general type over $\mathbb{C}$ and $a \colon S \to A:=\textrm{Alb}(S)$ be its Albanese map. Let Def($S$) and Def($A$) be the bases of the Kuranishi family of $S$ and ...
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algebraic geometry and complex geometry in dimension 2

Even if in dimension 2, complex structure is equivalent to algebraic structure for surfacs, but when studying deformation theory or moduli theory for surface, they are different, for example, the ...
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Hochschild cohomology and A-infinity deformations

When we are dealing with ordinary things or dg things (where thing = algebra or category), I think I understand how HH^2 corresponds to 1st order deformations and HH^3 corresponds to obstructions. ...
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Are periods of rigid Calabi-Yau threefolds over $Q$ algebraic?

Let $X$ be a (smooth) compact complex manifold, and suppose that $H^1(X, \Theta_X) = 0$, where $\Theta_X$ is the tangent sheaf. In other words, suppose that $X$ is rigid. Suppose moreover that $X$ ...
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Formal deformation theory

I found the following argument in more than one article: Let $X_0$ be a complex space and define the functor $F:Art \to Sets$ s.t. $F(A)=\{\text{Isomorphism classes of deformations of X_0 over A}\}$. ...
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Locally free modules

Consider M a locally free $\mathcal{O}_{\mathbb{C}^{n}}$-module. does exist a theory of deformation for that type of object? I would like to know, which conditions has to satisfy the total space of a ...
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Kodaira-Spencer map in a concrete instance

Let $\pi:X_{\epsilon} \rightarrow \Delta$ be a family of (say smooth) projective plane curves parametrized by $\Delta:=\operatorname{Spec}(k[\epsilon])$, and let $X=X_0$ be the closed fiber. Suppose ...
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Example of a smooth morphism where you can't lift a map from a nilpotent thickening?

Definition. A locally finitely presented morphism of schemes $f\colon X\to Y$ is smooth (resp. unramified, resp. ├ętale) if for any affine scheme $T$, any closed subscheme $T_0$ defined by a square ...
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Obstructions for reduced embedded deformation of Artinian rings

Let $A$ be an Artinian local $k$-algebra. $A$ is said to have a reduced embedded deformation if there is another local ring $S$ such that $A = S/(f_1,\cdots, f_n)$ with $S$ reduced and $(\underline ...
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Liftability of Enriques Surfaces (from char. p to zero)

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic $p > 0$, $X$ a variety over $k$. We say $X$ lifts to characteristic zero, if there exists a local ring $R$ containing $\mathbb Z$ with ...
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Deformations for complex space germs

Is there a space such that it doesn't have any deformation but its space of first order infinitesimal deformations is non trivial?
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Versality in deformation theory vs. versality in moduli spaces

As I mentioned before, I'm a novice at deformation theory. I was wondering if the definition of versality in deformation theory is related to the versality in moduli spaces: Deformation theory ...
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Is a 'generic' variety nonsingular? Or singular?

I'd like to know whether there's some coherent meaning of 'generic' for which one can say that a 'generic' variety over an algebraically closed field $K$, say, is nonsingular or singular. We could ...
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Deformations of Tame Coverings

To say that I am a novice at deformation theory is to grossly overestimate my abilities in this area. I've come across the following theorem in a paper, and I'd like to know how far one is able to ...
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Why do my quantum group books avoid homotopical language?

I am sitting on my carpet surrounded by books about quantum groups, and the only categorical concept they discuss are the representation categories of quantum groups. Many notes closer to "Kontsevich ...
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Introduction to deformation theory (of algebras)?

So I know that the idea of deformation theory underlies the concept of quantum groups; I haven't found any single introduction to quantum groups that makes me fully satisfied that I have some kind of ...
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obstruction to smooth lifting of smooth schemes

According to general theory, for a square zero thickening defined by an ideal I: SpecA -> SpecA', there is an obstruction of lifting a smooth scheme X over A to a smooth scheme over A' living in ...
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What is a deformation of a category?

I have several naive and possibly stupid questions about deformations of categories. I hope that someone can at least point me to some appropriate references. What is a deformation of a (linear, dg, ...
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“a theory of generalized Donaldson-Thomas invariants” by Joyce & Song

Is anyone else working through this paper : http://arxiv.org/abs/0810.5645 ? I am trying to verifying example 6.2 (m=2 for simplicity) using only the definitions, namely: J^{2\alpha}(\tau) = -1/4 ...
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Intuition about the cotangent complex?

Does anyone have an answer to the question "What does the cotangent complex measure?" Algebraic intuitions (like "homology measures how far a sequence is from being exact") are as welcome as ...
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algebraic group G vs. algebraic stack BG

I've gathered that it's "common knowledge" (at least among people who think about such things) that studying a (smooth) algebraic group G, as an algebraic group, is in some sense the same as studying ...
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Deformation theory of representations of an algebraic group

For an algebraic group G and a representation V, I think it's a standard result (but I don't have a reference) that the obstruction to deforming V as a representation of G is an element of ...
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What is an example of a smooth variety over a finite field F_p which does not lift to Z_p?

Somebody answered this question instead of the question here, so I am asking this with the hope that they will cut and paste their solution.
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Deformation theory and differential graded Lie algebras

There is supposed to be a philosophy that, at least over a field of characteristic zero, every "deformation problem" is somehow "governed" or "controlled" by a differential graded Lie algebra. See for ...