# Lefschetz theorem

Lefschetz' fixed-point theorem, or the Lefschetz–Hopf theorem, is a theorem that makes it possible to express the number of fixed points of a continuous mapping in terms of its Lefschetz number. Thus, if a continuous mapping $ f : X \rightarrow X $
of a finite CW-complex (cf. also Cellular space) $ X $
has no fixed points, then its Lefschetz number $ L ( f ) $
is equal to zero. A special case of this assertion is Brouwer's fixed-point theorem (cf. Brouwer theorem).

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#### References

[a1] | M.J. Greenberg, J.R. Harper, "Algebraic topology, a first course" , Benjamin/Cummings (1981) MR643101 Zbl 0498.55001 |

Lefschetz' hyperplane-section theorem, or the weak Lefschetz theorem: Let $ X $ be an algebraic subvariety (cf. Algebraic variety) of complex dimension $ n $ in the complex projective space $ \mathbf C P ^ {N} $, let $ P \subset \mathbf C P ^ {N} $ be a hyperplane passing through all singular points of $ X $( if any) and let $ Y = X \cap P $ be a hyperplane section of $ X $; then the relative homology groups (cf. Homology group) $ H _ {i} ( X , Y , \mathbf Z ) $ vanish for $ i < n $. This implies that the natural homomorphism

$$ H _ {i} ( Y ; \mathbf Z ) \rightarrow H _ {i} ( X ; \mathbf Z ) $$

is an isomorphism for $ i < n- 1 $ and is surjective for $ i = n- 1 $( see ).

Using universal coefficient formulas (cf. Künneth formula) one obtains corresponding assertions for arbitrary cohomology groups. In every case, for cohomology with coefficients in the field of rational numbers the dual assertions hold: The homomorphism of cohomology spaces

$$ H ^ {i} ( X ; \mathbf Q ) \rightarrow H ^ {i} ( Y ; \mathbf Q ) $$

induced by the imbedding $ Y \subset X $ is an isomorphism for $ i < n- 1 $ and is injective for $ i = n- 1 $( see ).

An analogous assertion is true for homotopy groups: $ \pi _ {i} ( X , Y ) = 0 $ for $ i < n $. In particular, the canonical homomorphism $ \pi _ {1} ( Y) \rightarrow \pi _ {1} ( X) $ is an isomorphism for $ n \geq 3 $ and is surjective for $ n = 2 $( the Lefschetz theorem on the fundamental group). There is a generalization of this theorem to the case of an arbitrary algebraically closed field (see ), and also to the case when $ Y $ is a normal complete intersection of $ X $( see ).

The hard Lefschetz theorem is a theorem about the existence of a Lefschetz decomposition of the cohomology of a complex Kähler manifold into primitive components.

Let $ V $ be a compact Kähler manifold of dimension $ n $ with Kähler form $ \omega $, let

$$ \eta \in H ^ {1,1} ( Y , \mathbf C ) \subset H ^ {2} ( V , \mathbf C ) $$

be the cohomology class of type $ ( 1 , 1 ) $ corresponding to $ \omega $ under the de Rham isomorphism (cf. de Rham cohomology; if $ V $ is a projective algebraic variety over $ \mathbf C $ with the natural Hodge metric, then $ \eta $ is the cohomology class dual to the homology class of a hyperplane section) and let

$$ L : H ^ {i} ( V , \mathbf C ) \rightarrow H ^ {i+} 2 ( V , \mathbf C ) $$

be the linear operator defined by multiplication by $ \eta $, that is,

$$ Lz = z \cdot \eta ,\ z \in H ^ {i} ( V , \mathbf C ) . $$

One has the isomorphism (see )

$$ L ^ {k} : H ^ {n-} k ( V , \mathbf C ) \rightarrow H ^ {n+} k ( V , \mathbf C ) $$

for any $ k = 0 \dots n $. The kernel of the operator

$$ L ^ {k+} 1 : H ^ {n-} k ( V , \mathbf C ) \rightarrow H ^ {n+} k+ 2 ( V , \mathbf C ) $$

is denoted by $ H _ {0} ^ {n-} k ( V , \mathbf C ) $ and is called the primitive part of the $ ( n- k ) $- cohomology of the variety $ V $. The elements of $ H _ {0} ^ {n-} k ( V , \mathbf C ) $ are called primitive cohomology classes, and the cycles corresponding to them are called primitive cycles. The hard Lefschetz theorem establishes the following decomposition of the cohomology into the direct sum of primitives (called the Lefschetz decomposition):

$$ H ^ {m} ( V , \mathbf C ) = \oplus _ { k= } 0 ^ { {[ } m/2 ] } L ^ {k} H _ {0} ^ {m-} 2k ( V , \mathbf C ) $$

for all $ m = 0 \dots 2n $. The mappings

$$ L ^ {k} : H _ {0} ^ {m-} 2k ( V , \mathbf C ) \rightarrow H ^ {m} ( V ,\ \mathbf C ) ,\ k = 0 \dots [ m/2 ] , $$

are imbeddings. The Lefschetz decomposition commutes with the Hodge decomposition (cf. Hodge conjecture)

$$ H ^ {m} ( V , \mathbf C ) = \oplus _ {p+ q = m } H ^ {p,q} ( V,\ \mathbf C ) $$

(see ). In particular, the primitive part $ H _ {0} ^ {p,q} ( V , \mathbf C ) $ of $ H ^ {p,q} ( V , \mathbf C ) $ is defined and

$$ H _ {0} ^ {m} ( V , \mathbf C ) = \oplus _ {p+ q = m } H _ {0} ^ {p,q} ( V , \mathbf C ) . $$

The hard Lefschetz theorem and the Lefschetz decomposition have analogues in abstract algebraic geometry for $ l $- adic and crystalline cohomology (see , ).

The Lefschetz theorem on cohomology of type $ ( 1 , 1) $ is a theorem about the correspondence between the two-dimensional algebraic cohomology classes of a complex algebraic variety and the cohomology classes of type $ ( 1 , 1) $.

Let $ V $ be a non-singular projective algebraic variety over the field $ \mathbf C $. An element $ z \in H ^ {2} ( V , \mathbf Z ) $ is said to be algebraic if the cohomology class dual to it (in the sense of Poincaré) is determined by a certain divisor. The Lefschetz theorem on cohomology of type $ ( 1 , 1 ) $ asserts that a class $ z \in H ^ {2} ( V , \mathbf Z ) $ is algebraic if and only if

$$ z \in j ( H ^ {2} ( V , \mathbf Z ) ) \cap H ^ {1,1} ( V, \mathbf C ) , $$

where $ H ^ {1,1} ( V , \mathbf C ) $ is the Hodge component of type $ ( 1 , 1 ) $ of the two-dimensional complex cohomology space $ H ^ {2} ( V , \mathbf C ) $, and the mapping $ j: H ^ {2} ( V , \mathbf Z ) \rightarrow H ^ {2} ( V , \mathbf C ) $ is induced by the natural imbedding $ \mathbf Z \rightarrow \mathbf C $( see [1], and also [6], [12]). For algebraic cohomology classes in dimensions greater than 2, see Hodge conjecture.

For an arbitrary complex-analytic manifold $ V $ there is an analogous characterization of elements of the group $ H ^ {2} ( V , \mathbf Z ) $ that are Chern classes of complex line bundles over $ V $( see [11]).

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*V.A. Iskovskikh*

#### Comments

For a modern treatment of the classical Lefschetz hyperplane-section theorems see [a1].

Weak and hard (strong) Lefschetz theorems also hold in étale cohomology [a4] and in intersection homology [a5], [a6]. For the proof of the hard Lefschetz theorem in $ l $- adic cohomology, see [a2].

#### References

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[a2] | P. Deligne, "La conjecture de Weil II" Publ. Math. IHES , 52 (1980) pp. 137–252 MR0601520 Zbl 0456.14014 |

[a3] | M.J. Greenberg, J.R. Harper, "Algebraic topology, a first course" , Benjamin/Cummings (1981) MR643101 Zbl 0498.55001 |

[a4] | J.S. Milne, "Etale cohomology" , Princeton Univ. Press (1980) MR0559531 Zbl 0433.14012 |

[a5] | M. Goresky, "Stratified Morse theory" , Springer (1988) MR0932724 Zbl 0639.14012 |

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