Karl Fredrickson

From 2011-2014 I was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the math department at UCR. As of 2015 I am on the job market and living in Seattle.

Email: karlfredrickson@gmail.com

Research Interests

I am interested in complex algebraic geometry, particularly in toric varieties, Calabi-Yau varieties, and mirror symmetry. My Ph.D. thesis (under the direction of Mark Gross at UCSD) was about applying the Gross-Siebert theory of mirror symmetry to study Calabi-Yau complete intersections in Grassmannians. Currently I am studying extremal transitions of Calabi-Yau manifolds and their relation to toric varieties and mirror symmetry constructions.

Publications and Preprints

• Toric degenerations of Calabi-Yau manifolds in Grassmannians (Ph.D. thesis), link to PDF

• Mirror transitions and the Batyrev-Borisov construction, link to PDF
Accepted to Contributions to Algebra and Geometry, November 2014

• Resolution of degenerate mirror families via toric morphisms (preprint), arxiv.org link
Supplemental Macaulay2 code

• Extremal transitions from nested reflexive polytopes, link to PDF
Communications in Mathematical Physics, Volume 335, Issue 3 (2015), Page 1381-1395
Note: in the published version the top line of p. 1390 should say "proper transform", not "total transform".

• Generalized compactifications of Batyrev hypersurface families (preprint), link to PDF
This is a newer version that the one on the arXiv, and includes a calculation of all possible examples for four-dimensional smooth Fano polytopes, based on the Python program at http://github.com/kfredson/primitiverelations. I would like to fill in Section 4.4 on hypersurface flops before I put a new version on the arXiv. If you are interested in working together on this, send me an email!
Benjamin Nill was the co-author of an intermediate version of this paper and contributed some of the proofs that are still in the current version (in particular the proof of Proposition 2.3).

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