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'' lines through the origin of a complex Euclidean space (see #Introduction, below for an intuitive account). Formally, a complex projective space is the space of complex lines through the origin of an (''n''+1)-dimensional complex vector space. The space is denoted variously as P(C''n''+1), P''n''(C) or CP''n''. When , the complex projective space CP1 is the Riemann sphere, and when , CP2 is the complex projective plane (see there for a more elementary discussion). Complex projective space was first introduced by as an instance of what was then known as the "geometry of position", a notion originally due to Lazare Carnot, a kind of synthetic geometry that included other projective geometries as well. Subsequently, near the turn of the 20th century it became clear to the Italian school of algebraic geometry that the complex projective spaces were the most natural domains in which to consider the solutions of polynomial equations – algebraic variety, algebraic varieties . In modern times, both the topology and geometry of complex projective space are well understood and closely related to that of the N-sphere, sphere. Indeed, in a certain sense the (2''n''+1)-sphere can be regarded as a family of circles parametrized by CP''n'': this is the Hopf fibration. Complex projective space carries a (Kähler metric, Kähler) metric tensor, metric, called the Fubini–Study metric, in terms of which it is a Hermitian symmetric space of rank 1. Complex projective space has many applications in both mathematics and quantum physics. In algebraic geometry, complex projective space is the home of projective variety, projective varieties, a well-behaved class of algebraic variety, algebraic varieties. In topology, the complex projective space plays an important role as a classifying space for complex line bundles: families of complex lines parametrized by another space. In this context, the infinite union of projective spaces (direct limit), denoted CP, is the classifying space K(Z,2). In quantum physics, the wave function associated to a pure state of a quantum mechanical system is a probability amplitude, meaning that it has unit norm, and has an inessential overall phase: that is, the wave function of a pure state is naturally a point in the projective Hilbert space of the state space.


The notion of a projective plane arises out of the idea of perspection in geometry and art: that it is sometimes useful to include in the Euclidean plane an additional "imaginary" line that represents the horizon that an artist, painting the plane, might see. Following each direction from the origin, there is a different point on the horizon, so the horizon can be thought of as the set of all directions from the origin. The Euclidean plane, together with its horizon, is called the real projective plane, and the horizon is sometimes called a line at infinity. By the same construction, projective spaces can be considered in higher dimensions. For instance, the real projective 3-space is a Euclidean space together with a plane at infinity that represents the horizon that an artist (who must, necessarily, live in four dimensions) would see. These
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s can be constructed in a slightly more rigorous way as follows. Here, let R''n''+1 denote the real coordinate space of ''n''+1 dimensions, and regard the landscape to be painted as a hyperplane in this space. Suppose that the eye of the artist is the origin in R''n''+1. Then along each line through his eye, there is a point of the landscape or a point on its horizon. Thus the real projective space is the space of lines through the origin in R''n''+1. Without reference to coordinates, this is the space of lines through the origin in an (''n''+1)-dimensional real vector space. To describe the complex projective space in an analogous manner requires a generalization of the idea of vector, line, and direction. Imagine that instead of standing in a real Euclidean space, the artist is standing in a complex Euclidean space C''n''+1 (which has real dimension 2''n''+2) and the landscape is a ''complex'' hyperplane (of real dimension 2''n''). Unlike the case of real Euclidean space, in the complex case there are directions in which the artist can look which do not see the landscape (because it does not have high enough dimension). However, in a complex space, there is an additional "phase" associated with the directions through a point, and by adjusting this phase the artist can guarantee that he typically sees the landscape. The "horizon" is then the space of directions, but such that two directions are regarded as "the same" if they differ only by a phase. The complex projective space is then the landscape (C''n'') with the horizon attached "at infinity". Just like the real case, the complex projective space is the space of directions through the origin of C''n''+1, where two directions are regarded as the same if they differ by a phase.


Complex projective space is a complex manifold that may be described by ''n'' + 1 complex coordinates as :Z=(Z_1,Z_2,\ldots,Z_) \in \mathbb^, \qquad (Z_1,Z_2,\ldots,Z_)\neq (0,0,\ldots,0) where the tuples differing by an overall rescaling are identified: :(Z_1,Z_2,\ldots,Z_) \equiv (\lambda Z_1,\lambda Z_2, \ldots,\lambda Z_); \quad \lambda\in \mathbb,\qquad \lambda \neq 0. That is, these are homogeneous coordinates in the traditional sense of projective geometry. The point set CP''n'' is covered by the patches U_i=\. In ''U''''i'', one can define a coordinate system by :z_1 = Z_1/Z_i, \quad z_2=Z_2/Z_i, \quad \dots, \quad z_=Z_/Z_i, \quad z_i = Z_/Z_i, \quad \dots, \quad z_n=Z_/Z_i. The coordinate transitions between two different such charts ''U''''i'' and ''U''''j'' are holomorphic functions (in fact they are fractional linear transformations). Thus CP''n'' carries the structure of a complex manifold of complex dimension ''n'', and ''a fortiori'' the structure of a real differentiable manifold of real dimension 2''n''. One may also regard CP''n'' as a Quotient space (topology), quotient of the unit 2''n'' + 1 sphere in C''n''+1 under the action of Unitary group, U(1): :CP''n'' = ''S''2''n''+1/U(1). This is because every line in C''n''+1 intersects the unit sphere in a circle. By first projecting to the unit sphere and then identifying under the natural action of U(1) one obtains CP''n''. For ''n'' = 1 this construction yields the classical Hopf bundle S^3\to S^2. From this perspective, the differentiable structure on CP''n'' is induced from that of ''S''2''n''+1, being the quotient of the latter by a compact group that acts properly.


The topology of CP''n'' is determined inductively by the following CW complex, cell decomposition. Let ''H'' be a fixed hyperplane through the origin in C''n''+1. Under the projection map , ''H'' goes into a subspace that is homeomorphic to CP''n''−1. The complement of the image of ''H'' in CP''n'' is homeomorphic to C''n''. Thus CP''n'' arises by attaching a 2''n''-cell to CP''n''−1: :\mathbf^n = \mathbf^\cup \mathbf^n. Alternatively, if the 2''n''-cell is regarded instead as the open unit ball in C''n'', then the attaching map is the Hopf fibration of the boundary. An analogous inductive cell decomposition is true for all of the projective spaces; see .


One useful way to construct the complex projective spaces \mathbf^n is through a recursive construction using CW complex, CW-complexes. Recall that there is a homeomorphism \mathbf^1 \cong S^2 to the 2-sphere, giving the first space. We can then induct on the cells to get a Pushout (category theory), pushout map
\begin S^3 & \hookrightarrow & D^4 \\ \downarrow & & \downarrow \\ \mathbf^1 & \to & \mathbf^2 \end
where D^4 is the four ball, and S^3 \to \mathbf^1 represents the generator in \pi_3(S^2) (hence it is homotopy equivalent to the Hopf fibration, Hopf map). We can then inductively construct the spaces as pushout diagrams
\begin S^ & \hookrightarrow & D^ \\ \downarrow & & \downarrow \\ \mathbf^ & \to & \mathbf^n \end
where S^ \to \mathbf^ represents an element in
\begin \pi_(\mathbf^) &\cong \pi_(S^) \\ &\cong \mathbb/2 \end
The isomorphism of homotopy groups is described below, and the isomorphism of homotopy groups is a standard calculation in stable homotopy theory (which can be done with the Serre spectral sequence, Freudenthal suspension theorem, and the Postnikov tower). The map comes from the fiber bundle
S^1 \hookrightarrow S^ \twoheadrightarrow \mathbf^
giving a non-contractible map, hence it represents the generator in \mathbb/2. Otherwise, there would be a homotopy equivalence \mathbf^n \simeq \mathbf^\times D^n, but then it would be homotopy equivalent to S^2, a contradiction which can be seen by looking at the homotopy groups of the space.

Point-set topology

Complex projective space is compact space, compact and connected space, connected, being a quotient of a compact, connected space.

Homotopy groups

From the fiber bundle :S^1 \hookrightarrow S^ \twoheadrightarrow \mathbf^n or more suggestively :U(1) \hookrightarrow S^ \twoheadrightarrow \mathbf^n CP''n'' is simply connected. Moreover, by the long exact homotopy sequence, the second homotopy group is , and all the higher homotopy groups agree with those of ''S''2''n''+1: for all ''k'' > 2.


In general, the algebraic topology of CP''n'' is based on the rank of the homology groups being zero in odd dimensions; also ''H''2''i''(CP''n'', Z) is infinite cyclic for ''i'' = 0 to ''n''. Therefore, the Betti numbers run :1, 0, 1, 0, ..., 0, 1, 0, 0, 0, ... That is, 0 in odd dimensions, 1 in even dimensions up to 2n. The Euler characteristic of CP''n'' is therefore ''n'' + 1. By Poincaré duality the same is true for the ranks of the cohomology groups. In the case of cohomology, one can go further, and identify the graded ring structure, for cup product; the generator of ''H''2(CPn, Z) is the class associated to a hyperplane, and this is a ring generator, so that the ring is isomorphic with :Z[''T'']/(''T''''n''+1), with ''T'' a degree two generator. This implies also that the Hodge number ''h''''i'',''i'' = 1, and all the others are zero. See .


It follows from induction and Bott periodicity that :K_\mathbf^*(\mathbf^n) = K_\mathbf^0(\mathbf^n) = \mathbf[H]/(H-1)^. The tangent bundle satisfies :T\mathbf^n \oplus \vartheta^1 = H^, where \vartheta^1 denotes the trivial line bundle, from the Euler sequence. From this, the Chern classes and characteristic numbers can be calculated explicitly.

Classifying space

There is a space \mathbf^\infty which, in a sense, is the inductive limit of \mathbf^n as n \to \infty. It is BU(1), the classifying space of U(1), in the sense of homotopy theory, and so classifies complex line bundles; equivalently it accounts for the first Chern class. This can be seen heuristically by looking at the fiber bundle maps
S^1 \hookrightarrow S^ \twoheadrightarrow \mathbf^n
and n \to \infty. This gives a fiber bundle (called the universal circle bundle)
S^1 \hookrightarrow S^\infty \twoheadrightarrow \mathbf^\infty
constructing this space. Note using the long exact sequence of homotopy groups, we have \pi_2(\mathbf^\infty) = \pi_1(S^1) hence \mathbf^\infty is an Eilenberg–MacLane space, a K(\mathbb,2). Because of this fact, and Brown's representability theorem, we have the following isomorphism
H^2(X;\mathbb) \cong [X,\mathbf^\infty]
for any nice CW-complex X. Moreover, from the theory of Chern class, Chern classes, every complex line bundle L \to X can be represented as a pullback of the universal line bundle on \mathbf^\infty, meaning there is a pullback square
\begin L & \to & \mathcal \\ \downarrow & &\downarrow \\ X & \to & \mathbf^\infty \end
where \mathcal \to \mathbf^\infty is the associated vector bundle of the principal U(1)-bundle S^\infty \to \mathbf^\infty. See, for instance, and .

Differential geometry

The natural metric on CP''n'' is the Fubini–Study metric, and its holomorphic isometry group is the projective unitary group PU(''n''+1), where the stabilizer of a point is :\mathrm(1\times \mathrm(n)) \cong \mathrm(n). It is a Hermitian symmetric space , represented as a coset space :U(n+1)/(U(1) \times U(n)) \cong SU(n+1)/S(U(1) \times U(n)). The geodesic symmetry at a point ''p'' is the unitary transformation that fixes ''p'' and is the negative identity on the orthogonal complement of the line represented by ''p''.


Through any two points ''p'', ''q'' in complex projective space, there passes a unique ''complex'' line (a CP1). A great circle of this complex line that contains ''p'' and ''q'' is a geodesic for the Fubini–Study metric. In particular, all of the geodesics are closed (they are circles), and all have equal length. (This is always true of Riemannian globally symmetric spaces of rank 1.) The cut locus of any point ''p'' is equal to a hyperplane CP''n''−1. This is also the set of fixed points of the geodesic symmetry at ''p'' (less ''p'' itself). See .

Sectional curvature pinching

It has sectional curvature ranging from 1/4 to 1, and is the roundest manifold that is not a sphere (or covered by a sphere): by the Riemannian geometry#Pinched sectional curvature, 1/4-pinched sphere theorem, any complete, simply connected Riemannian manifold with curvature strictly between 1/4 and 1 is diffeomorphic to the sphere. Complex projective space shows that 1/4 is sharp. Conversely, if a complete simply connected Riemannian manifold has sectional curvatures in the closed interval [1/4,1], then it is either diffeomorphic to the sphere, or isometric to the complex projective space, the quaternionic projective space, or else the Cayley plane F4/Spin(9); see .

Spin structure

The odd-dimensional projective spaces can be given a spin structure, the even-dimensional ones cannot.

Algebraic geometry

Complex projective space is a special case of a Grassmannian, and is a homogeneous space for various Lie groups. It is a Kähler manifold carrying the Fubini–Study metric, which is essentially determined by symmetry properties. It also plays a central role in algebraic geometry; by Algebraic geometry and analytic geometry#Chow.27s theorem, Chow's theorem, any compact complex submanifold of CP''n'' is the zero locus of a finite number of polynomials, and is thus a projective algebraic variety. See

Zariski topology

In algebraic geometry, complex projective space can be equipped with another topology known as the Zariski topology . Let denote the commutative ring of polynomials in the (''n''+1) variables ''Z''0,...,''Z''''n''. This ring is graded ring, graded by the total degree of each polynomial: :S = \bigoplus_^\infty S_n. Define a subset of CP''n'' to be ''closed'' if it is the simultaneous solution set of a collection of homogeneous polynomials. Declaring the complements of the closed sets to be open, this defines a topology (the Zariski topology) on CP''n''.

Structure as a scheme

Another construction of CP''n'' (and its Zariski topology) is possible. Let ''S''+ ⊂ ''S'' be the ideal (ring theory), ideal spanned by the homogeneous polynomials of positive degree: :\bigoplus_S_n. Define Proj, Proj ''S'' to be the set of all homogeneous ideal, homogeneous prime ideals in ''S'' that do not contain ''S''+. Call a subset of Proj ''S'' closed if it has the form :V(I) = \ for some ideal ''I'' in ''S''. The complements of these closed sets define a topology on Proj ''S''. The ring ''S'', by localization of a ring, localization at a prime ideal, determines a sheaf (mathematics), sheaf of local rings on Proj ''S''. The space Proj ''S'', together with its topology and sheaf of local rings, is a scheme (mathematics), scheme. The subset of closed points of Proj ''S'' is homeomorphic to CP''n'' with its Zariski topology. Local sections of the sheaf are identified with the rational functions of total degree zero on CP''n''.

Line bundles

All line bundles on complex projective space can be obtained by the following construction. A function is called homogeneous function, homogeneous of degree ''k'' if :f(\lambda z) = \lambda^k f(z) for all and . More generally, this definition makes sense in cone (linear algebra), cones in . A set is called a cone if, whenever , then for all ; that is, a subset is a cone if it contains the complex line through each of its points. If is an open set (in either the analytic topology or the Zariski topology), let be the cone over ''U'': the preimage of ''U'' under the projection . Finally, for each integer ''k'', let ''O''(''k'')(''U'') be the set of functions that are homogeneous of degree ''k'' in ''V''. This defines a sheaf (mathematics), sheaf of sections of a certain line bundle, denoted by ''O''(''k''). In the special case , the bundle ''O''(−1) is called the tautological line bundle. It is equivalently defined as the subbundle of the product :\mathbf^\times\mathbf^n\to \mathbf^n whose fiber over is the set :\. These line bundles can also be described in the language of divisor (algebraic geometry), divisors. Let ''H'' = CP''n''−1 be a given complex hyperplane in CP''n''. The space of meromorphic functions on CP''n'' with at most a simple pole along ''H'' (and nowhere else) is a one-dimensional space, denoted by ''O''(''H''), and called the hyperplane bundle. The dual bundle is denoted ''O''(−''H''), and the ''k''th tensor power of ''O''(''H'') is denoted by ''O''(''kH''). This is the sheaf generated by holomorphic multiples of a meromorphic function with a pole of order ''k'' along ''H''. It turns out that :O(kH) \cong O(k). Indeed, if is a linear defining function for ''H'', then ''L''−''k'' is a meromorphic section of ''O''(''k''), and locally the other sections of ''O''(''k'') are multiples of this section. Since , the line bundles on CP''n'' are classified up to isomorphism by their Chern classes, which are integers: they lie in . In fact, the first Chern classes of complex projective space are generated under Poincaré duality by the homology class associated to a hyperplane ''H''. The line bundle ''O''(''kH'') has Chern class ''k''. Hence every holomorphic line bundle on CP''n'' is a tensor power of ''O''(''H'') or ''O''(−''H''). In other words, the Picard group of CP''n'' is generated as an abelian group by the hyperplane class [''H''] .

See also

* Gromov's inequality for complex projective space * Projective Hilbert space * Quaternionic projective space * Real projective space * Complex affine space * K3 surface


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