Coherent analytic sheaf

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A coherent sheaf of $\mathcal O$ modules on an analytic space $(X,\mathcal O)$. A space $(X,\mathcal O)$ is said to be coherent if $\mathcal O$ is a coherent sheaf of rings. Any analytic space over an algebraically closed field is coherent. The most important examples of a coherent analytic sheaf on such a space $(X,\mathcal O)$ are a locally free sheaf (that is, an analytic sheaf locally isomorphic to the sheaf $\mathcal O^p$) and also the sheaf of ideals of an analytic set $Y\subset X$, that is, the sheaf of germs of analytic functions equal to $0$ on $Y$, [1].

If $\mathcal F$ is a coherent analytic sheaf on a complex-analytic space $(X,\mathcal O)$, then the space of its sections, $\Gamma(X,\mathcal F)$, is endowed with a natural topology turning it into a Fréchet space when $X$ is separable. For $\mathcal F=\mathcal O$, this topology is the same as the topology of uniform convergence of analytic functions on compacta. In this case, $\mathcal F$ becomes a Fréchet sheaf, that is, for arbitrary open sets $U\subset V\subset X$ the restriction mapping $\Gamma(V,\mathcal F)\to\Gamma(U,\mathcal F)$ is continuous. An analytic homomorphism of coherent sheaves $\mathcal F\to\mathcal G$ induces a continuous linear mapping $\Gamma(X,\mathcal F)\to\Gamma(X,\mathcal G)$. If $\mathcal F$ is a coherent analytic sheaf on $X$ and $M$ is a submodule of $\mathcal F_x$, $x\in X$, then the submodule $\{s\in\Gamma(U,\mathcal F)\colon s(x)\in M\}$ is closed in $\Gamma(U,\mathcal F)$ for any neighbourhood $U$ of $x$. The cohomology spaces $H^p(X,\mathcal F)$ also have a natural topology, which is not, in general, separable for $p>0$ (they are quotient spaces of Fréchet spaces) [2], [4].

Coherent analytic sheaves were introduced in connection with problems in the theory of analytic functions on domains in $\mathbf C^n$ (see [3], [5]). Later they and their cohomology became a fundamental tool in the global theory of analytic spaces. Criteria for the vanishing of cohomology with values in a coherent analytic sheaf (cf. Kodaira theorem; Ample vector bundle; Stein space) as well as criteria for its finiteness and separability (see Finiteness theorems in the theory of analytic spaces) play an important role in this theory.

See also Vector bundle, analytic; Duality in the theory of analytic spaces.


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See also Coherent sheaf.


[a1] H. Grauert, R. Remmert, "Coherent analytic sheaves" , Springer (1984) (Translated from German) MR0755331 Zbl 0537.32001
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This article was adapted from an original article by A.L. Onishchik (originator), which appeared in Encyclopedia of Mathematics - ISBN 1402006098. See original article