## Nagoya Mathematical Journal

### An invariant regarding Waring's problem for cubic polynomials

Giorgio Ottaviani

#### Abstract

We compute the equation of the 7-secant variety to the Veronese variety $({\bf P}^{4}, \mathcal{O}(3))$, its degree is 15. This is the last missing invariant in the Alexander-Hirschowitz classification. It gives the condition to express a homogeneous cubic polynomial in 5 variables as the sum of 7 cubes (Waring problem). The interesting side in the construction is that it comes from the determinant of a matrix of order 45 with linear entries, which is a cube. The same technique allows to express the classical Aronhold invariant of plane cubics as a pfaffian.

#### Article information

Source
Nagoya Math. J., Volume 193 (2009), 95-110.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 3 March 2009