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We construct the moduli spaces of tropical curves and tropical principally polarized abelian varieties, working in the category of (what we call) stacky fans. We define the tropical Torelli map between these two moduli spaces and we study the fibers (tropical Torelli theorem) and the image of this map (tropical Schottky problem). Finally we determine the image of the planar tropical curves via the tropical Torelli map and we use it to give a positive answer to a question raised by Namikawa on the compactified classical Torelli map.

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The divisors on $\bar{\operatorname{M}}_g$ that arise as the pullbacks of ample divisors along any extension of the Torelli map to any toroidal compactification of $\operatorname{A}_g$ form a 2-dimensional extremal face of the nef cone of $\bar{\operatorname{M}}_g$, which is explicitly described.

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Algebraic curves have a discrete analogue in finite graphs. Pursuing this analogy we prove a Torelli theorem for graphs. Namely, we show that two graphs have the same Albanese torus if and only if the graphs obtained from them by contracting all separating edges are 2-isomorphic. In particular, the strong Torelli theorem holds for 3-connected graphs. Next, using the correspondence between compact tropical curves and metric graphs, we prove a tropical Torelli theorem giving necessary and sufficient conditions for two tropical curves to have the same principally polarized tropical Jacobian. Finally we describe some natural posets associated to a graph and prove that they characterize its Delaunay decomposition.

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In this paper, we compare the compactified Torelli morphism (as defined by V. Alexeev) and the tropical Torelli map (as defined by the author in a joint work with S. Brannetti and M. Melo, and furthered studied by M. Chan). Our aim is twofold: on one hand, we will review the construction and main properties of the above mentioned two Torelli maps, focusing in particular on the description of their fibers achieved by the author in joint works with L. Caporaso; on the other hand, we will clarify the relationship between the two Torelli maps via the introduction of the reduction maps and the tropicalization maps.

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It has been known since the 1970s that the Torelli map $M_g \to A_g$, associating to a smooth curve its jacobian, extends to a regular map from the Deligne-Mumford compactification $\bar{M}_g$ to the 2nd Voronoi compactification $\bar{A}_g^{vor}$. We prove that the extended Torelli map to the perfect cone (1st Voronoi) compactification $\bar{A}_g^{perf}$ is also regular, and moreover $\bar{A}_g^{vor}$ and $\bar{A}_g^{perf}$ share a common Zariski open neighborhood of the image of $\bar{M}_g$. We also show that the map to the Igusa monoidal transform (central cone compactification) is NOT regular for $g\ge9$; this disproves a 1973 conjecture of Namikawa.

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We study properties of the tropical double Hurwitz loci defined by Bertram, Cavalieri and Markwig. We show that all such loci are connected in codimension one. If we mark preimages of simple ramification points, then for a generic choice of such points the resulting cycles are weakly irreducible, i.e. an integer multiple of an irreducible cycle. We study how Hurwitz cycles can be written as divisors of rational functions and show that they are numerically equivalent to a tropical version of a representation as a sum of boundary divisors. The results and counterexamples in this paper were obtained with the help of a-tint, an extension for polymake for tropical intersection theory.

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It was conjectured in \cite{Namikawa_ExtendedTorelli} that the Torelli map $M_g\to A_g$ associating to a curve its jacobian extends to a regular map from the Deligne-Mumford moduli space of stable curves $\bar{M}_g$ to the (normalization of the) Igusa blowup $\bar{A}_g^{\rm cent}$. A counterexample in genus $g=9$ was found in \cite{AlexeevBrunyate}. Here, we prove that the extended map is regular for all $g\le8$, thus completely solving the problem in every genus.

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The tropical Stiefel map associates to a tropical matrix A its tropical Pluecker vector of maximal minors, and thus a tropical linear space L(A). We call the L(A)s obtained in this way Stiefel tropical linear spaces. We prove that they are dual to certain matroid subdivisions of polytopes of transversal matroids, and we relate their combinatorics to a canonically associated tropical hyperplane arrangement. We also explore a broad connection with the secondary fan of the Newton polytope of the product of all maximal minors of a matrix. In addition, we investigate the natural parametrization of L(A) arising from the tropical linear map defined by A.

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Let $g_1, ..., g_k$ be tropical polynomials in $n$ variables with Newton polytopes $P_1, ..., P_k$. We study combinatorial questions on the intersection of the tropical hypersurfaces defined by $g_1, ..., g_k$, such as the $f$-vector, the number of unbounded faces and (in case of a curve) the genus. Our point of departure is Vigeland's work who considered the special case $k=n-1$ and where all Newton polytopes are standard simplices. We generalize these results to arbitrary $k$ and arbitrary Newton polytopes $P_1, ..., P_k$. This provides new formulas for the number of faces and the genus in terms of mixed volumes. By establishing some aspects of a mixed version of Ehrhart theory we show that the genus of a tropical intersection curve equals the genus of a toric intersection curve corresponding to the same Newton polytopes.

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An $(a,b)$-Dyck path $P$ is a lattice path from $(0,0)$ to $(b,a)$ that stays above the line $y=\frac{a}{b}x$. The zeta map is a curious rule that maps the set of $(a,b)$-Dyck paths onto itself; it is conjecturally bijective, and we provide progress towards proof of bijectivity in this paper, by showing that knowing $\zeta(P)$ and $\zeta(P^c)$ is enough to recover $P$. Our method begets an area-preserving involution $\chi$ on the set of $(a,b)$-Dyck paths when $\zeta$ is a bijection, as well as a new method for calculating $\zeta^{-1}$ on classical Dyck paths. For certain nice $(a,b)$-Dyck paths we give an explicit formula for $\zeta^{-1}$ and $\chi$ and for additional $(a,b)$-Dyck paths we discuss how to compute $\zeta^{-1}$ and $\chi$ inductively. We also explore Armstrong's skew length statistic and present two new combinatorial methods for calculating the zeta map involving lasers and interval intersections. We conclude with two possible routes to a proof that $\zeta$ is a bijection. Notably, we provide a combinatorial statistic $\delta$ that can be used to recursively compute $\zeta^{-1}$. We show that $\delta$ is computable from $\zeta(P)$ in the Fuss-Catalan case and provide evidence that $\delta$ may be computable from $\zeta(P)$ in general.