The monodromy conjecture is an umbrella term for several conjectured relationships between poles of zeta functions, monodromy eigenvalues and roots of Bernstein–Sato polynomials in arithmetic geometry and singularity theory. Even the weakest of these relations – the Denef– Loeser conjecture on topological zeta functions – is open for surface singularities.
We prove it for a wide class of multidimensional singularities that are non-degenerate with respect to their Newton polyhedra, including all such singularities of functions of four variables.
A crucial difference from the known case of three variables is the existence of degenerate singularities arbitrarily close to a non-degenerate one. Thus, even aiming at the study of non-degenerate singularities, we have to go beyond this setting.
We develop new tools to deal with such multidimensional phenomena, and conjecture how the proof for non-degenerate singularities of arbitrarily many variables might look like.
Cite this article
Alexander Esterov, Ann Lemahieu, Kiyoshi Takeuchi, On the monodromy conjecture for non-degenerate hypersurfaces. J. Eur. Math. Soc. 24 (2022), no. 11, pp. 3873–3949DOI 10.4171/JEMS/1241