# Angela Gibney

## Publications Authored By Angela Gibney

Here we consider higher Chern classes of vector bundles of conformal blocks on $\overline{\operatorname{M}}_{0,n}$, giving explicit formulas for them, and extending various results that hold for first Chern classes to them. We use these classes to form a full dimensional subcone of the Pliant cone on $\overline{\operatorname{M}}_{0,n}$. Read More

For $C$ a stable curve of arithmetic genus $g\ge 2$, and $\mathcal{D}$ the determinant of cohomology line bundle on $\operatorname{Bun}_{\operatorname{SL}(r)}(C)$, we show the section ring for the pair $(\operatorname{Bun}_{\operatorname{SL}(r)}(C), \mathcal{D})$ is finitely generated. Three applications are given. Read More

By way of intersection theory on $\bar M_{g,n}$, we show that geometric interpretations for conformal blocks, as sections of ample line bundles over projective varieties, do not have to hold at points on the boundary. We show such a translation would imply certain recursion relations for first Chern classes of these bundles. While recursions can fail, geometric interpretations are shown to hold under certain conditions. Read More

We introduce and study the problem of finding necessary and sufficient conditions under which a conformal blocks divisor on $\bar{M}_{0,n}$ is nonzero. We give necessary conditions in type A, which are sufficient when theta and critical levels coincide. We show that divisors are subject to additive identities, dependent on ranks of the underlying bundle. Read More

Conformal block divisors in type A on $\bar{M}_{0,{n}}$ are shown to satisfy new symmetries when levels and ranks are interchanged in non-standard ways. A connection with the quantum cohomology of Grassmannians reveals that these divisors vanish above the critical level. Read More

The moduli space $\bar{M}_{0,n}$ of Deligne-Mumford stable n-pointed rational curves admits morphisms to spaces recently constructed by Giansiracusa, Jensen, and Moon that we call Veronese quotients. We study divisors on $\bar{M}_{0,n}$ associated to these maps and show that these divisors arise as first Chern classes of vector bundles of conformal blocks. Read More

We prove that the type A, level one, conformal blocks divisors on $\bar{M}_{0,n}$ span a finitely generated, full-dimensional subcone of the nef cone. Each such divisor induces a morphism from $\bar{M}_{0,n}$, and we identify its image as a GIT quotient parameterizing configurations of points supported on a flat limit of Veronese curves. We show how scaling GIT linearizations gives geometric meaning to certain identities among conformal blocks divisor classes. Read More

The divisors on $\bar{\operatorname{M}}_g$ that arise as the pullbacks of ample divisors along any extension of the Torelli map to any toroidal compactification of $\operatorname{A}_g$ form a 2-dimensional extremal face of the nef cone of $\bar{\operatorname{M}}_g$, which is explicitly described. Read More

We study a family of semiample divisors on $\bar{M}_{0,n}$ defined using conformal blocks and analyze their associated morphisms. Read More

We study a family of semiample divisors on the moduli space $\bar{M}_{0,n}$ that come from the theory of conformal blocks for the Lie algebra $sl_n$ and level 1. The divisors we study are invariant under the action of $S_n$ on $\bar{M}_{0,n}$. We compute their classes and prove that they generate extremal rays in the cone of symmetric nef divisors on $\bar{M}_{0,n}$. Read More

The nef cone of a projective variety Y is an important and often elusive invariant. In this paper we construct two polyhedral lower bounds and one polyhedral upper bound for the nef cone of Y using an embedding of Y into a toric variety. The lower bounds generalize the combinatorial description of the nef cone of a Mori dream space, while the upper bound generalizes the F-conjecture for the nef cone of the moduli space \bar{M}_{0,n} to a wide class of varieties. Read More

We give explicit equations for the Chow and Hilbert quotients of a projective scheme X by the action of an algebraic torus T in an auxiliary toric variety. As a consequence we provide GIT descriptions of these canonical quotients, and obtain other GIT quotients of X by variation of GIT quotient. We apply these results to find equations for the moduli space \bar{M}_{0,n} of stable genus zero n-pointed curves as a subvariety of a smooth toric variety defined via tropical methods. Read More

We introduce a smooth projective variety $T_{d,n}$ which compactifies the space of configurations of $n$ distinct points on affine $d$-space modulo translation and homothety. The points in the boundary correspond to $n$-pointed stable rooted trees of $d$-dimensional projective spaces, which for $d = 1$, are $(n+1)$-pointed stable rational curves. In particular, $T_{1,n}$ is isomorphic to $\bar{M}_{0,n+1}$, the moduli space of such curves. Read More

The moduli space $\M_{g,n}$ of $n-$pointed stable curves of genus $g$ is stratified by the topological type of the curves being parametrized: the closure of the locus of curves with $k$ nodes has codimension $k$. The one dimensional components of this stratification are smooth rational curves (whose numerical equivalence classes are) called F-curves. The F-conjecture asserts that a divisor on $\M_{g,n}$ is ample if and only if it positively intersects the $F-$curves. Read More

We compute the Mori cone of curves of the moduli space \M_{g,n} of stable n-pointed curves of genus g in the case when g and n are relatively small. For instance, we show that for g<14 every curve in \M_g is numerically equivalent to an effective sum of 1-strata (loci of curves with 3g-4 nodes). We also prove that the nef cone of \M_{0,6} is composed of 11 natural subcones all contained in the convex hull of boundary classes. Read More

In this paper we study the ample cone of the moduli space $\mgn$ of stable $n$-pointed curves of genus $g$. Our motivating conjecture is that a divisor on $\mgn$ is ample iff it has positive intersection with all 1-dimensional strata (the components of the locus of curves with at least $3g+n-2$ nodes). This translates into a simple conjectural description of the cone by linear inequalities, and, as all the 1-strata are rational, includes the conjecture that the Mori cone is polyhedral and generated by rational curves. Read More