My research is in algebraic geometry, in particular tropical geometry and semiring algebra. I am interested in studying the geometry of tropical schemes and varieties in terms of the congruences on the polynomial and Laurent polynomial semiring with coefficients in the tropical semifield or other idempotent semifields.
Papers and Pre-prints
J. Jun, K. Mincheva, and J. Tolliver, "Picard groups for tropical toric varieties"
From any monoid scheme one can pass to a semiring scheme (a generalization of a tropical scheme) by scalar extension to an idempotent semifield. In this note, we investigate
the relationship between the Picard groups of a monoid scheme and the corresponding semiring scheme. We prove that for a given irreducible monoid scheme (with some mild conditions)
the Picard group is stable under scalar extension to and idempotent semifield. Moreover, each of these groups can be computed by considering the correct sheaf cohomology groups.
We also construct the group CaCl(X) of Cartier divisors modulo (naive) principal Cartier divisors for a cancellative semiring scheme X and prove that CaCl(X) is isomorphic to Pic(X).
L. Bossinger, S. Lamboglia, K. Mincheva, and F. Mohammadi, "Computing toric degenerations of flag varieties"
We compute toric degenerations arising from the tropicalization of the complete flag of GL(4) and GL(5).
We present a general procedure to find such degenerations even in the cases where the initial
ideal arising from a cone of the tropicalization is not prime. We give explicitly the Khovanskii bases obtained
from maximal cones in the tropicalization. For the complete flags of GL(4) and GL(5) we compare toric degenerations arising from string polytopes
and the FFLV-polytope with those obtained from the tropicalization of the flag varieties.
D. Joó, K. Mincheva, "On the dimension of the polynomial and the Laurent polynomial semiring"
We prove that the Krull dimension (defined for congruences) of the n-variable polynomial and the Laurent polynomial semiring over any idempotent semiring R of finite dimension is equal to the dimension of R plus n.
D. Joó, K. Mincheva, "Prime congruences of additively idempotent semirings and a Nullstellensatz for tropical polynomials"
, Selecta Mathematica.
A new definition of prime congruences in additively idempotent semirings, this allows us to we define radicals and Krull dimension. A complete description of prime congruences is given in certain semirings. An improvement of a result of A. Bertram and R. Easton is proven which can be regarded as a Nullstellensatz for tropical polynomials.
K. Mincheva, "Prime congruences and tropical geometry" - PhD thesis
Contains some new non-previously published results on dimension and discusses relation to tropical varieties, tropical schemes and other papers in the literature.
K. Mincheva, "Automorphisms of non-Abelian p-groups" - MSc thesis
It has been conjectured that there is no p-group with Abelian automorphism group whose center strictly contains the derived subgroup.
The main focus of this thesis is to provide a counter example to this conjecture.
We also discuss the minimality (in terms of number of elements) of such a group.
Invited Talks and Posters
Toric Degenerations Focused Research Workshop in Bristol (August 21-24, 2017) talk.
Utah University - Algebraic Geometry Seminar (April 18, 2017) talk.
AIM Workshop on Foundations of tropical schemes (April 10 - 14, 2017) talk.
Noncommutative Geometry: Number Theory (part of Alain Connes' 70th birthday celebration) (April 4-7, 2017) talk.
Yale University - Algebraic and Tropical Geometry Seminar (February 23, 2017) talk.
AMS Sectional Meetings, Special Session on Interactions Between Algebraic and Tropical Geometry (March, 5-6 2016) talk.
Joint Math Meetings, AMS Session on Algebraic Geometry (January, 6-9 2016) talk.
George Mason University - Combinatorics, Algebra and Geometry Seminar (CAGS) (November 6, 2015) talk.
University of Pennsylvania - Algebra seminar (October 12, 2015) talk.
In the spring 2015 I participated in the Research Remix - an ongoing program of the Digital media center at Johns Hopinks that brings together
visual art and academic research. It aims at reinterpreting a research poster in a visual and artistic way. This art piece created by Reid Sczerba based
on my joint research with Dániel Joó. You can see photo of the art piece here.