Vancliff, Michaela

University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, United States

This award supports the research of Michaela Vancliff to work in non-commutative algebra, with special emphasis on problems arising from the theory of regular algebras and non-commutative algebraic geometry. She is interested in the graded-module category viewed as a geometric space, with certain graded modules playing the role of geometric objects. The linear geometric modules (point modules, line modules, etc) are parametrized by so-called linear schemes. Vancliff plans to study how the structure and role of higher-dimensional linear schemes generalize the structure and role of point schemes. Under prior NSF support, in work with T. Cassidy, Vancliff produced algebro-geometric techniques that allow the easy construction of certain regular algebras (that generalize graded Clifford algebras) of any finite global dimension; naming such algebras graded skew Clifford algebras. Vancliff intends to study such regular algebras of global dimension four that have finitely many points and a one-parameter family of line modules as a step towards classifying the line schemes that arise for ``generic'' quadratic regular algebras of global dimension four. Her initial research with B. Shelton (under prior NSF support) suggests that such an algebra should have a line scheme that consists of exactly six elliptic curves, so if this is found to hold in general, then it would mimic the point scheme of generic quadratic regular algebras of global dimension three (where it is one elliptic curve).

Systems of polynomial-style equations and their solutions play a critical role in almost every scientific field, such as statistical mechanics, elementary particle physics, quantum mechanics, robotics, crystallography, networking, etc. Often, the solutions cannot be found by experimentation, and often they are not numbers but are functions (e.g., differential operators or matrices), and so, in general, they do not commute. The science of seeking methods that find all solutions to any system of polynomial-style equations in non-commuting variables is called non-commutative algebra. To find the solutions, the main idea is as follows. One associates to such a system of equations an entity, called an ``algebra'', that encodes all the properties of the original equations. Associated to this algebra are ``modules'', and these encode all the properties of the solutions to the equations. So, in order to find all the solutions, one should find all the modules for the associated algebra. In many of the applications, the algebras that arise in this way tend to share certain properties satisfied by the polynomial ring; such algebras are called regular algebras and are the main focus of Vancliff's projects. One of the goals of non-commutative algebraic geometry, the subfield in which Vancliff works, is to use geometric techniques to find certain modules (point modules, line modules, etc) of the regular algebra, and then to use those modules to find the modules giving the solutions to the original system of equations. Vancliff's underlying goal is to improve on these geometric techniques and to understand better how they relate to the structure of the category of modules.

- Agency
- National Science Foundation (NSF)
- Institute
- Division of Mathematical Sciences (DMS)
- Type
- Standard Grant (Standard)
- Application #
- 0900239
- Program Officer
- Tie Luo

- Project Start
- Project End
- Budget Start
- 2009-08-15
- Budget End
- 2014-07-31
- Support Year
- Fiscal Year
- 2009
- Total Cost
- $116,928
- Indirect Cost

- Name
- University of Texas at Arlington
- Department
- Type
- DUNS #

- City
- Arlington
- State
- TX
- Country
- United States
- Zip Code
- 76019