The Grassmann Manifold

  • Shiing-shen Chern
Part of the Universitext book series (UTX)


$$ {C_{N + 1}} = Cx \ldots xC,\;N + 1\,factors $$
be the complex number space of N + 1 dimensions. Let GL(N+1, C) be the general linear group in N + 1 complex variables, which we identify with the group of all (N+1) × (N+1) non-singular matrices with complex elements. Suppose GL(n+l,C) acts on CN+1 to the right, as described by
$$ \left( {{z^0}, \ldots ,{z^N}} \right) \to \left( {{z^0}, \ldots ,{z^N}} \right)g,\;gGL\left( {n + l,C} \right) $$
Among the subgroups of GL(N+1, C) are: (1) the unitary group U(N+1), which consists of all matrices g satisfying
$$ {t_{g\bar g}} = I $$
where I is the identity matrix; (2) the group GL(k+1, N-k, C), consisting of all non-singular matrices of the form
$$ \left( {\underbrace {\begin{array}{*{20}{c}} x \\ x \\\end{array}}_{k + 1}\,\underbrace {\begin{array}{*{20}{c}} 0 \\ x \\\end{array}}_{N - k}} \right)\,\begin{array}{*{20}{c}} {\} \,k + 1} \\ {\} \,N - k} \\\end{array} $$
where the elements at the upper-right corner are zero. The group GL(k+l, N-k, C) is the subgroup of all elements of GL(N+1, C) leaving fixed the (k+1)-dimensional subspace of CN+1 spanned by the first k+1 coordinate vectors.


Meromorphic Function Chern Class Fiber Dimension Schubert Variety Hermitian Structure 
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© S.-s. Chern 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Shiing-shen Chern
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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