Arithmetic genus

In mathematics, the arithmetic genus of an algebraic variety is one of a few possible generalizations of the genus of an algebraic curve or Riemann surface.

Complex projective manifolds

The arithmetic genus of a complex projective manifold of dimension n can be defined as a combination of Hodge numbers, namely

pa = hn,0 hn 1, 0 + ... + (1)n 1h1, 0.

When n = 1 we have χ = 1 g where g is the usual (topological) meaning of genus of a surface, so the definitions are compatible.

Kähler manifolds

By using hp,q = hq,p for compact Kähler manifolds this can be reformulated as the Euler characteristic in coherent cohomology for the structure sheaf :

This definition therefore can be applied to some other locally ringed spaces.

See also


  • P. Griffiths; J. Harris (1994). Principles of Algebraic Geometry. Wiley Classics Library (2nd ed.). Wiley Interscience. p. 494. ISBN 0-471-05059-8. Zbl 0836.14001.
  • Rubei, Elena (2014), Algebraic Geometry, a concise dictionary, Berlin/Boston: Walter De Gruyter, ISBN 978-3-11-031622-3

Further reading

  • Hirzebruch, Friedrich (1995) [1978]. Topological methods in algebraic geometry. Classics in Mathematics. Translation from the German and appendix one by R. L. E. Schwarzenberger. Appendix two by A. Borel (Reprint of the 2nd, corr. print. of the 3rd ed.). Berlin: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 3-540-58663-6. Zbl 0843.14009.
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