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1. CJM 2012 (vol 65 pp. 634)

Mezzetti, Emilia; Miró-Roig, Rosa M.; Ottaviani, Giorgio
 Laplace Equations and the Weak Lefschetz Property We prove that $r$ independent homogeneous polynomials of the same degree $d$ become dependent when restricted to any hyperplane if and only if their inverse system parameterizes a variety whose $(d-1)$-osculating spaces have dimension smaller than expected. This gives an equivalence between an algebraic notion (called Weak Lefschetz Property) and a differential geometric notion, concerning varieties which satisfy certain Laplace equations. In the toric case, some relevant examples are classified and as byproduct we provide counterexamples to Ilardi's conjecture. Keywords:osculating space, weak Lefschetz property, Laplace equations, toric threefoldCategories:13E10, 14M25, 14N05, 14N15, 53A20

2. CJM 2008 (vol 60 pp. 961)

Abrescia, Silvia
 About the Defectivity of Certain Segre--Veronese Varieties We study the regularity of the higher secant varieties of $\PP^1\times \PP^n$, embedded with divisors of type $(d,2)$ and $(d,3)$. We produce, for the highest defective cases, a determinantal'' equation of the secant variety. As a corollary, we prove that the Veronese triple embedding of $\PP^n$ is not Grassmann defective. Keywords:Waring problem, Segre--Veronese embedding, secant variety, Grassmann defectivityCategories:14N15, 14N05, 14M12

3. CJM 2007 (vol 59 pp. 488)

Bernardi, A.; Catalisano, M. V.; Gimigliano, A.; Idà, M.
 Osculating Varieties of Veronese Varieties and Their Higher Secant Varieties We consider the $k$-osculating varieties $O_{k,n.d}$ to the (Veronese) $d$-uple embeddings of $\PP^n$. We study the dimension of their higher secant varieties via inverse systems (apolarity). By associating certain 0-dimensional schemes $Y\subset \PP^n$ to $O^s_{k,n,d}$ and by studying their Hilbert functions, we are able, in several cases, to determine whether those secant varieties are defective or not. Categories:14N15, 15A69

4. CJM 2006 (vol 58 pp. 476)

Chipalkatti, Jaydeep
 Apolar Schemes of Algebraic Forms This is a note on the classical Waring's problem for algebraic forms. Fix integers $(n,d,r,s)$, and let $\Lambda$ be a general $r$-dimensional subspace of degree $d$ homogeneous polynomials in $n+1$ variables. Let $\mathcal{A}$ denote the variety of $s$-sided polar polyhedra of $\Lambda$. We carry out a case-by-case study of the structure of $\mathcal{A}$ for several specific values of $(n,d,r,s)$. In the first batch of examples, $\mathcal{A}$ is shown to be a rational variety. In the second batch, $\mathcal{A}$ is a finite set of which we calculate the cardinality.} Keywords:Waring's problem, apolarity, polar polyhedronCategories:14N05, 14N15