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### When are GIT quotients projective?

Some background on GIT
Suppose G is a reductive group acting on a scheme X. We often want to understand the quotient X/G. For example, X might be some parameter space (like the space of possible ...

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### Why is the degree:rank ratio of a vector bundle called its “slope”?

Whenever one studies moduli spaces of vector bundles on curves, one of the first things to be introduced is the "slope" of a vector bundle, i.e., its degree:rank ratio. Is there a nice (preferably ...

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### Why and how are moduli spaces of (semi)stable vector bundles well-behaved?

The slope of a vector bundle E is defined as mu(E) = deg(E)/rank(E). Then a vector bundle E is called semistable if mu(E') ≤ mu(E) for all proper sub-bundles E'. It is called stable if mu(E') < ...

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### Can a coequalizer of schemes fail to be surjective?

Suppose $g,h:Z\to X$ are two morphisms of schemes. Then we say that $f:X\to Y$ is the coequalizer of $g$ and $h$ if the following condition holds: any morphism $t:X\to T$ such that $t\circ g=t\circ h$ ...

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### Is an affine “G-variety” with reductive stabilizers a toric variety?

Let $X=Spec(A)$ be a reduced normal affine scheme over an algebraically closed field $k$ of characteristic $0$, with an action of a connected reductive group $G$. Suppose
$x\in X$ is a $G$-...

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### When Are Quotients Complete Intersections?

Let $S_{n}$ denote the permutation group on $n$ letters and $G\subset S_{n}$ a transitive subgroup. The inclusion of $G$ in $S_{n}$ defines an action of $G$ on $\mathbb{C}^{n}$. By finding a ...

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### A line bundle that does not admit a G-linearisation

I have been thinking about quotients lately and pondered the following:
Let $G$ be a connected linear algebraic group and $X$ a $G$-variety acting via the morphism $\sigma:G\times X\rightarrow X$. ...

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### Rationality of GIT quotients

I recently worked through most of the proof of the rationality of the moduli of genus 3 curves, which seemed to have the following structure:
Every nonhyperelliptic genus 3 curve is a smooth plane ...

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### Bad Categorical Quotients

Let G be an algebraic group acting on a scheme X. Then f: X --> Y is a categorical quotient if it is constant on G-orbits and any other G-invariant morphism factors through it in a unique fashion. ...

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### Algorithms in Invariant Theory

Let $V$ be a polynomial representation of the general linear group $\Gamma:=\DeclareMathOperator{\Gl}{Gl}\Gl_n(\newcommand{\C}{\mathbb C}\C)$.
In chapter 4.6 of his book "Algorithms in Invariant ...

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### Are GIT's good categorical quotients just locally ringed space coequalizers?

Introduction: The definition of "good categorical quotient" in geometric invariant theory (given below) seems fairly ad hoc to me, except that it looks very similar to the coequalizer of the action in ...

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### Resources on Invariant Theory

Hi,
So my question is pretty much summed up by the summary - basically I've run into a need to teach myself some of the basics of invariant theory and was looking for a good place to start. I'd ...

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### Partial (or complete) flag varieties as GIT quotients of affine spaces

I am looking for presentations of partial or complete flag varieties as GIT quotients of affine varieties spaces. That is, for a choice of of dimensions $0=d_1<d_2<\dots<d_k = n$, I would ...

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### Toric varieties as quotients of affine space

One way to define toric varieties is as quotients of affine $n-$space by the action of some torus. However, this is not strictly true as we need to throw away "bad points" which ruin this construction....

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### Fukaya categories of hyperkahler reductions: general request for information

I'd really like to hear any references or information people have about the Fukaya categories of hyperkahler reductions of vector spaces (for more informations on the varieties, see Nick Proudfoot's ...

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### Invariants and stablizers for the $PGL(V)$ action on $End(V\otimes V)$

Let $K$ be a field of characteristic zero, and $V$ a finite dimensional vector space over $K$.
Consider the action of the algebraic group $G:=PGL(V)$ on the vector space $W:=End_K(V^{\otimes 2})$ by ...

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### When is an orbit spherical?

I asked the following question over at math.stackexchange, but got no answers. Maybe it's less well-known than I thought, but I still wanted to ask here:
Let's assume we have an affine, reductive, ...

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### Why people usually consider reductive groups in GIT?

Where do people essentially use the reductive groups in the theory of GIT? Or how does reductive groups simplify the constructions in GIT?
I found that the property of completely reducible of ...

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431 views

### About the strength of representation-theoretic obstructions for orbit closure problems

Let $G$ be a reductive, affine, algebraic group over $\newcommand{\C}{\mathbb C}\C$. Let $X$ be a $G$-variety. For $x\in X$, we write
$$G_x:=\{ g\in G\mid g.x=x\}$$
for its stabilizer and for any ...

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### Quotients by the additive group $\mathbb G_a$

Geometric invariant theory doesn't work so well for non-reductive groups, since invariant rings are not generally finitely generated. However, in many cases the action of a non-reductive group has a ...

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### Quotient of smooth algebraic variety by proper free action of algebraic group

Let $G$ be algebraic group acting on a smooth algebraic variety $M$. Assume the action is proper and free. Is the orbit space $M/G$ an algebraic variety? If so, could someone point to a reference? If ...

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### Applications of non-reductive GIT

Geometric invariant theory works well when the algebraic group $G$ acting on a variety is reductive. There has been recent work by Doran and Kirwan here and here to find a canonical method of ...

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953 views

### Understanding the definition of the quotient stack $[X/G]$

I'm trying to understand the definition of the quotient stack $[X/G]$ as defined in Frank Neumann's Algebraic Stacks and Moduli of Vector Bundles.
Explicitly, let $G$ be an affine smooth group $S$-...

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### Hilbert-Mumford criterion and closedness

A version of the Hilbert-Mumford criterion states the following: Let $G$ be a linearly reductive group and $V$ a representation of $G$ over a field $k$ (alg. closed, char. zero). Suppose that $y \in \...

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### References to SGA 8 and descent theory

In Geometric Invariant Theory, by Mumford, Fogarty, and Kirwan, if there is a mention of descent theory, it almost always comes along with a reference to SGA 8, Theorem 5.2 (see the end of the proof ...

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### GIT quotients and automorphisms

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety. Then we have an exact sequence:
$$0\mapsto Aut^{o}(X)\rightarrow Aut(X)\rightarrow H\mapsto 0$$
where $Aut^{o}(X)$ and $H$ are respectively the connected ...

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### Why we study Geometric invariant theory?

I am trying to learn Geometric invariant theory like it was introduced by Mumford. But I do not have a strong motivation and so I want to know the reason of studying Geometric invariant theory. I just ...

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### The canonical divisor of the Hilbert scheme $Hilb^n P^2$?

Hey everyone,
I was wondering if anyone knows what the canonical divisor of the Hilbert scheme $Hilb^n P^2$ is --$Hilb^n P^2$ is the Hilbert scheme of degree-n zero dimensional subschemes of the ...

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### Invariants of the maximal unipotent subgroup of GL(n) acting on the space of n by n matrices

Let $G=GL(n,\mathbb{C})$ and let $U\subset G$ be a maximal unipotent subgroup. (For example,assume that U is the set of upper triangular matrices with ones in the diagonal.) Now let $X=M_{n}(\mathbb{C}...

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### If Spec(A) has a G-fixed point and a dense G-orbit, is Spec(A) a cone?

[Edited to include a dense orbit]
Let $X=Spec(A)$ be a normal affine scheme over an algebraically closed field $k$, with an action of a linearly reductive group $G$. Suppose $x\in X$ is a $G$-...

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### A criterion for orbits of complex reductive group to be closed

I am having some trouble understanding Nakajima's proof of the Kempf-Ness theorem in [1]. At the end (proof of Proposition 3.9(6)), his argument is basically the following:
Let $G=K_{\Bbb C}$ be a ...

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### Coarse moduli spaces of quotient stacks

Suppose you have a separated Deligne Mumford quotient stack $[V/G]$ over a field of characteristic $0$, where $V$ is a quasiprojective variety and $G$ is an algebraic group that does not necessarily ...

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### Normalization of quotient stacks

Suppose you have a Deligne Mumford stack which is a quotient $[X/G]$ of a scheme $X$ by an algebraic group $G$ .
What is the normalization of that? Is it true that its normalization is a quotient ...

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### Why can we define the moment map in this way (i.e. why is this form exact)?

Given a symplectic manifold $(X, \omega)$ and a group $G$ acting on $X$ preserving the symplectic form, we define the moment map $\mu : X \to \mathfrak{g}^*$ so that
$$
\langle d\mu(v), \xi\rangle = \...

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### Near Trivial Quiver Varieties

So, today I started learning the definition of a quiver variety, and wanted to make sure I'm understanding things right, so first, my setup:
I've been looking at the simplest case that didn't look ...

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### Action of k* on a variety induces grading?

Let $V$ be a $\Bbbk$-variety such that $\Bbbk^\times$ (as an algebraic group) acts algebraically on $V$. Given any $f\in\Bbbk[V]$, let us call $f$ homogeneous of degree $d$ if for all $v\in V$ and all ...

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### Quotient of affine space by cyclic permutation

The quotient of the affine space $\mathbb{A}^n$ by the symmetric group $Sym_n$ is again an affine space of the same dimension, and invariants are given by elementary symmetric polynomials.
What ...

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### Verifying claims in the proof of the Rigidity Lemma (Mumford, GIT)

In Chapter 6 of Mumford's Geometric invariant theory, during the proof of the rigidity lemma, there are two statements I'm not sure how to verify. The general setup is:
$p : X \rightarrow S$ is flat,...

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### Hilbert point and Hilbert stability

For $X\in \mathbb{P}^N$ a closed subscheme, one can consider the m-th Hilbert point
$$
[X]_m=[\bigwedge^{h^0(X, \mathcal{O}(m))}H^0(\mathbb{P}^N, \mathcal{O}(m))\to \bigwedge^{h^0(X, \mathcal{O}(m))}H^...

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### affinization of T^*CP^n

Is there an elementary description of the affinization of the algebraic cotangent bundle of $CP^n$? I know that it can be described as some sort coadjoint orbits, but I am interested in a translation ...

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### When does a group action on a k-algebra induce an algebraic action on the spectrum?

This question arose from my last question, which I considered answered - from the comments, however, it is obvious that the answer is only complete in characteristic zero, and I am trying to ...

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### A question about Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and $\frak g$ be its Lie algebra. Then by Marsden-Weinstein reduction theory we know that if we take $M=T^*G$ and $J \colon M\to \frak g^*$ be its moment map then the ...

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**1**answer

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### Finding relations between invariant polynomials

Suppose I have an action of a linear reductive group ($GL(2,\mathbb{C})^2$ in this case) on a complex vector space (of dimension $16$) and I want to compute explicitly the ring of invariants of this ...

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### Kähler quotients of affine varieties and GIT

Let $X\subseteq \Bbb C^n$ be a smooth affine variety and $G=K_{\Bbb C}$ a complex reductive group acting linearly on $\Bbb C^n$ preserving $X$ (where $K$ is a maximal compact subgroup of $G$). Suppose ...

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### Scaling-Invariant Orbits of Semisimple Group Representations

Let $G$ be a connected, simply-connected complex semisimple linear algebraic group, and let $V$ be a finite-dimensional complex $G$-module. Note that if $V$ is the adjoint representation of $G$, then ...

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### question about relative stable maps

Let $C$ be a connected smooth curve, $0\in C$ a closed point and $W\rightarrow C$ a family of projective schemes. Assume that the fibers $W_t$ of $W$ are smooth for all $t\neq 0$ and that $W_0=Y_1\cup ...

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### Stability conditions for coherent sheaves and GIT

I am learning stability conditions for derived categories of coherent sheaves, following Bridgeland, and coming from a vector bundles background. $\mu$-stability for vector bundles has a clear GIT ...

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### Components of variety of subalgebras

This question is motivated by the question Subalgebras of matrices and its answer by Mariano. We consider $X_{n,d}$, the variety of $d$-dimensional subalgebras not necessarily with 1 (with 1 makes ...

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### Quotient of a rational variety by a finite group

Let $X$ be a rational variety and let $G$ be a finite group acting on $X$. Let us consider the diagonal action of $G$ over the product $X^{h} = X\times...\times X$,
$$G\times(X\times...\times X)\...

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### degrees of the invariants for the action of $SL(V)$ on $\wedge^4V$

How can we find the degrees of the invariants for the action of $SL(V)$ on $\wedge^4V$ , $dimV=8$ by the model in the Lie algebra $E_7$.