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characteristicIdeal -- characteristic ideal of a D-module



The characteristic ideal of M is the annihilator of gr(M) under a good filtration with respect to the order filtration. If $D$ is the Weyl algebra over ℂ with generators $x_1,\dots,x_n$ and $\partial_1,\dots,\partial_n$, then the order filtration corresponds to the weight vector $(0,...,0,1,...,1)$. The characteristic ideal lives in the associated graded ring of $D$ with respect to the order filtration, and this is a commutative polynomial ring ℂ$[x_1,\dots,x_n,\xi_1,\dots,\xi_n]$. Here the $\xi_i$ is the principal symbol of $\partial_i$, that is, the image of $\partial_i$ in the associated graded ring. The zero locus of the characteristic ideal is equal to the characteristic variety of D/I which is an invariant of a D-module.

The algorithm to compute the characteristic ideal consists of computing the initial ideal of I with respect to the weight vector $(0,...,0,1...,1)$. More details can be found in [SST, Section 1.4].

i1 : makeWA(QQ[x,y])

o1 = QQ[x..y, dx, dy]

o1 : PolynomialRing, 2 differential variable(s)
i2 : I = ideal (x*dx+2*y*dy-3, dx^2-dy)

o2 = ideal (x*dx + 2y*dy - 3, dx  - dy)

o2 : Ideal of QQ[x..y, dx, dy]
i3 : characteristicIdeal I

o3 = ideal (dx , x*dx + 2y*dy)

o3 : Ideal of QQ[x..y, dx, dy]

See also

Ways to use characteristicIdeal :

For the programmer

The object characteristicIdeal is a method function.