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On a problem of Poincaré: Bounds on degrees of vector fields Polini, Claudia


In 1891, Poincaré asked if it is possible to bound the degree of a projective plane curve that is left invariant by a vector field in terms of the degree of the vector field. In joint work with Chardin, Hassenzadeh, Simis, and Ulrich we address this question. The question can be restated as a problem about the initial degree of the module of derivations of the coordinate ring R of the curve modulo the Euler derivation in terms of invariants of R. We exhibit lower and upper bounds for this initial degree and in several instances we are able to determine the initial degree. Examples will be given to illustrate the situation.

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