By Frances Kirwan, Jonathan Woolf

Now extra area of a century previous, intersection homology concept has confirmed to be a strong instrument within the learn of the topology of singular areas, with deep hyperlinks to many different components of arithmetic, together with combinatorics, differential equations, workforce representations, and quantity theory.

Like its predecessor, An creation to Intersection Homology idea, moment variation introduces the ability and sweetness of intersection homology, explaining the most principles and omitting, or basically sketching, the tough proofs. It treats either the fundamentals of the topic and a variety of functions, offering lucid overviews of hugely technical components that make the topic obtainable and get ready readers for extra complex paintings within the zone. This moment version includes completely new chapters introducing the idea of Witt areas, perverse sheaves, and the combinatorial intersection cohomology of fanatics.

Intersection homology is a big and transforming into topic that touches on many facets of topology, geometry, and algebra. With its transparent motives of the most rules, this ebook builds the arrogance had to take on extra professional, technical texts and gives a framework in which to put them.

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Both Gr0(M) and Gr0(N) are geometrically semisimple (because they are “-pure of weight 0). Write their pullbacks Gr0(M)geom and Gr0(N)geom to X‚käk as sums of perverse irreducibles with multiplicities, say Gr0(M)geom = ‡i miVi, Gr0(N)geom = ‡i niVi, with {Vi}i a finite set of pairwise non-isomorphic perverse irreducibles on X‚käk, and with non-negative integers mi and ni. 3, we have limsupE ‡E |N|2 = ‡i (ni)2, limsupE ‡E |M|2 = ‡i (mi)2, limsupE |‡E NäM| = ‡i nimi. In view of the above estimates, these three limsup's are all equal to limsupE ‡E |F|2.

Therefore we get 48 Chapter 1 ‡i (ni - mi)2 = 0, so ni = mi for each i, as required. QED Here is an arithmetic sharpening of this uniqueness result. 2 Let X/k be a separated scheme of finite type, of dimension d ≥ 0, F an abstract trace function on X/k, and M and N two perverse sheaves on X. Suppose that both M and N are “-mixed of weight ≤ 0, that both are semisimple objects in the category of perverse sheaves on X, and that F is an approximate trace function for both M and N. Then Gr0(M) ¶ Gr0(N) as perverse sheaves on X.

The innermost sum is O((ùE)-1/2) unless å(W1) = å(W2) = å. For each å, denote by ∏(å) the set of those indices i such that å(Wi) = å. Then we get ‡x in X(E) M(E, x)äN(E, x) = ‡å ‡i, j in ∏(å) aibjTrace(FrobE | Hc2dim(Zå)(Zå‚käk, „i‚ä„j)) + O((ùE)-1/2). = Trace(FrobE | ·å·i,j in ∏(å) Hc2dim(Zå)(Zå‚käk, „i‚ä„j)aibj) + O((ùE)-1/2). The direct sum T := ·å·i,j in ∏(å) Hc2dim(Zå)(Zå‚käk, „i‚ä„j)aibj is “-pure of weight zero. s. on a finite-dimensional ^-space “T := T‚^ such that for any finite extension E/k, “Trace(FrobE | T) = Trace(Adeg(E/k) | “T).