Gorenstein liaison, complete intersection liaison invariants and unobstructedness

Jan O. Kleppe, Juan C. Migliore, Rosa Miró-Roig, Uwe Nagel, Chris Peterson

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This paper contributes to the liaison and obstruction theory of subschemes in ℙn having codimension at least three. The first part establishes several basic results on Gorenstein liaison. A classical result of Gaeta on liaison classes of projectively normal curves in ℙ3 is generalized to the statement that every codimension c "standard determinantal scheme" (i.e. a scheme defined by the maximal minors of a t x (t + c-1) homogeneous matrix), is in the Gorenstein liaison class of a complete intersection. Then Gorenstein liaison (G-liaison) theory is developed as a theory of generalized divisors on arithmetically Cohen-Macaulay schemes. In particular, a rather general construction of basic double G-linkage is introduced, which preserves the even G-liaison class. This construction extends the notion of basic double linkage, which plays a fundamental role in the codimension two situation. The second part of the paper studies groups which are invariant under complete intersection linkage, and gives a number of geometric applications of these invariants. Several differences between Gorenstein and complete intersection liaison are highlighted. For example, it turns out that linearly equivalent divisors on a smooth arithmetically Cohen-Macaulay subscheme belong, in general, to different complete intersection liaison classes, but they are always contained in the same even Gorenstein liaison class. The third part develops the interplay between liaison theory and obstruction theory and includes dimension estimates of various Hilbert schemes. For example, it is shown that most standard determinantal subschemes of codimension 3 are unobstructed, and the dimensions of their components in the corresponding Hilbert schemes are computed.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMemoirs of the American Mathematical Society
Issue number732
StatePublished - Nov 2001


  • Arithmetically
  • Canonical module
  • Cohen-Macaulay
  • Complete intersection
  • Divisor
  • Gorenstein
  • Hilbert scheme
  • Liaison
  • Liaison invariants
  • Linkage
  • Normal sheaf
  • Unobstructed schemes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Mathematics
  • Applied Mathematics


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