Equations for secant varieties of Veronese and other varieties Academic Article uri icon


  • New classes of modules of equations for secant varieties of Veronese varieties are defined using representation theory and geometry. Some old modules of equations (catalecticant minors) are revisited to determine when they are sufficient to give scheme-theoretic defining equations. An algorithm to decompose a general ternary quintic as the sum of seven fifth powers is given as an illustration of our methods. Our new equations and results about them are put into a larger context by introducing vector bundle techniques for finding equations of secant varieties in general. We include a few homogeneous examples of this method. 2011 Fondazione Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata and Springer-Verlag.

published proceedings

  • Annali di Matematica Pura ed Applicata

author list (cited authors)

  • Landsberg, J. M., & Ottaviani, G.

citation count

  • 51

complete list of authors

  • Landsberg, JM||Ottaviani, Giorgio

publication date

  • August 2013