nLab Picard-Lefschetz theory




Picard-Lefschetz theory is an approach which relates the study of singularities of holomorphic functions to the topology of the domain complex manifold; thus it is a certain analogue of Morse theory in complex geometry. The starting point is the Picard-Lefschetz formula describing monodromy at a critical point. There is also extension to other fields (Deligne and Katz).


Related nnLab entries include: monodromy, locally constant sheaf, Morse theory, holomorphic function, Riemann-Hilbert problem, vanishing cycle, Painlevé transcendent, Milnor fiber, Gauss-Manin connection, Picard-Fuchs equation, slope filtration, Stokes phenomenon, semiclassical approximation, movable singularity, Fuchsian equation, hypergeometric function

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  • Henryk Żołądek, The monodromy group, Monografie Matematyczne 67, 588 pp. Birkhäuser 2006
  • Pierre Deligne, Nicholas Katz, Groupes de monodromie en géométrie algébrique. II, Springer Lect. Notes in Math. 340, 1973, doi, MR0354657

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