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Characteristic varieties and constructible sheaves

  • Alexandru Dimca

    Université de Nice Sophia Antipolis, France
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We explore the relation between the positive dimensional irreducible components of the characteristic varieties of rank one local systems on a smooth surface and the associated (rational or irrational) pencils. Our study, which may viewed as a continuation of D. Arapura's paper \cite{A}, yields new geometric insight into the translated components relating them to the multiplicities of curves in the associated pencil, in a close analogy to the compact situation treated by A. Beauville \cite{Beau}. The new point of view is the key role played by the constructible sheaves naturally arising from local systems.

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Alexandru Dimca, Characteristic varieties and constructible sheaves. Atti Accad. Naz. Lincei Cl. Sci. Fis. Mat. Natur. 18 (2007), no. 4, pp. 365–389

DOI 10.4171/RLM/503