The symbolic defect of an ideal Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • Let $I$ be a homogeneous ideal of $\Bbbk[x_0,\ldots,x_n]$. To compare $I^{(m)}$, the $m$-th symbolic power of $I$, with $I^m$, the regular $m$-th power, we introduce the $m$-th symbolic defect of $I$, denoted $\operatorname{sdefect}(I,m)$. Precisely, $\operatorname{sdefect}(I,m)$ is the minimal number of generators of the $R$-module $I^{(m)}/I^m$, or equivalently, the minimal number of generators one must add to $I^m$ to make $I^{(m)}$. In this paper, we take the first step towards understanding the symbolic defect by considering the case that $I$ is either the defining ideal of a star configuration or the ideal associated to a finite set of points in $\mathbb{P}^2$. We are specifically interested in identifying ideals $I$ with $\operatorname{sdefect}(I,2) = 1$.

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publication date

  • June 2019