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Tohoku Mathematical Journal
2005
June
SECOND SERIES VOL. 57, NO. 2
Tohoku Math. J.
57 (2005), 273292

Title
COMBINATORIAL DUALITY AND INTERSECTION PRODUCT: A DIRECT APPROACH
Author
Gottfried Barthel, JeanPaul Brasselet, KarlHeinz Fieseler and Ludger Kaup
(Received September 2, 2003, revised March 9, 2004) 
Abstract.
The proof of the Combinatorial Hard Lefschetz Theorem for the "virtual" intersection cohomology of a not necessarily rational polytopal fan as presented by Karu completely establishes Stanley's conjectures for the generalized $h$vector of an arbitrary polytope. The main ingredients, Poincare Duality and the Hard Lefschetz Theorem, rely on an intersection product. In its original constructions, given independently by Bressler and Lunts on the one hand, and by the authors of the present article on the other, there remained an apparent ambiguity. The recent solution of this problem by Bressler and Lunts uses the formalism of derived categories. The present article instead gives a straightforward approach to combinatorial duality and a natural intersection product, completely within the framework of elementary sheaf theory and commutative algebra, thus avoiding derived categories.
2000 Mathematics Subject Classification.
Primary 14F43; Secondary 14M25, 52Bxx.
Key words and phrases.
Combinatorial intersection cohomology, nonrational polytopes, intersection product, duality, Combinatorial Hard Lefschetz theorem.


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