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For XX a space equipped with a notion of dimension dimXdim X \in \mathbb{N} and a notion of Kähler differential forms, a Θ\Theta-characteristic of XX is a choice of square root of the canonical characteristic class of XX. See there for more details.

In complex analytic geometry and at least if the Theta characteristic is principally polarizing then its holomorphic sections are called theta functions.

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Over Riemann surfaces

Proposition

For Σ\Sigma a Riemann surface, the choices of square roots of the canonical bundle correspond to the choice of spin structures.

For XX of genus gg, there are 2 2g2^{2g} many choices of square roots of the canonical bundle.

(Atiyah, prop. 3.2).

Remark

The first statement remains true in higher dimensions over Kähler manifolds, see at Spin structure – On Kähler manifolds.

Revised on June 21, 2014 02:31:15 by Ingo Blechschmidt (46.244.242.152)