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Cycle-Level Intersection Theory for Toric Varieties

  Published:2004-10-01
 Printed: Oct 2004
  • Hugh Thomas
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Abstract

This paper addresses the problem of constructing a cycle-level intersection theory for toric varieties. We show that by making one global choice, we can determine a cycle representative for the intersection of an equivariant Cartier divisor with an invariant cycle on a toric variety. For a toric variety defined by a fan in $N$, the choice consists of giving an inner product or a complete flag for $M_\Q= \Qt \Hom(N,\mathbb{Z})$, or more generally giving for each cone $\s$ in the fan a linear subspace of $M_\Q$ complementary to $\s^\perp$, satisfying certain compatibility conditions. We show that these intersection cycles have properties analogous to the usual intersections modulo rational equivalence. If $X$ is simplicial (for instance, if $X$ is non-singular), we obtain a commutative ring structure to the invariant cycles of $X$ with rational coefficients. This ring structure determines cycles representing certain characteristic classes of the toric variety. We also discuss how to define intersection cycles that require no choices, at the expense of increasing the size of the coefficient field.
Keywords: toric varieties, intersection theory toric varieties, intersection theory
MSC Classifications: 14M25, 14C17 show english descriptions Toric varieties, Newton polyhedra [See also 52B20]
Intersection theory, characteristic classes, intersection multiplicities [See also 13H15]
14M25 - Toric varieties, Newton polyhedra [See also 52B20]
14C17 - Intersection theory, characteristic classes, intersection multiplicities [See also 13H15]
 

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