Hypersurfaces with degenerate duals and the Geometric Complexity Theory Program Academic Article uri icon


  • We determine set-theoretic defining equations for the variety Dualk;d;N P.SdCN/ of hypersurfaces of degree d in CN that have dual variety of dimension at most k. We apply these equations to the Mulmuley-Sohoni variety GLn2 OEdetn P.SnCn2 /, showing it is an irreducible component of the variety of hypersurfaces of degree n inCn2 with dual of dimension at most 2n - 2. We establish additional geometric properties of the Mulmuley-Sohoni variety and prove a quadratic lower bound for the determinantal border-complexity of the permanent. Swiss Mathematical Society.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Landsberg, J. M., Manivel, L., & Ressayre, N.

citation count

  • 22

complete list of authors

  • Landsberg, Joseph M||Manivel, Laurent||Ressayre, Nicolas

publication date

  • July 2013