Asymptotic resurgences for ideals of positive dimensional subschemes of projective space Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Recent work of Ein-Lazarsfeld-Smith and Hochster-Huneke raised the problem of determining which symbolic powers of an ideal are contained in a given ordinary power of the ideal. Bocci-Harbourne defined a quantity called the resurgence to address this problem for homogeneous ideals in polynomial rings, with a focus on zero dimensional subschemes of projective space; the methods and results obtained there have much less to say about higher dimensional subschemes. Here we take the first steps toward extending this work to higher dimensional subschemes. We introduce new asymptotic versions of the resurgence and obtain upper and lower bounds on them for ideals of smooth subschemes, generalizing what is done by Bocci-Harbourne. We apply these bounds to ideals of unions of general lines in ${\bf P}^N$. We also pose a Nagata type conjecture for symbolic powers of ideals of lines in ${\bf P}^3$.

publication date

  • October 2013