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The Gauss–Manin connection is a way to differentiate cohomology classes with respect to parameters. Consider a smooth projective curve over a field . Its first de Rham cohomology group can be identified with the space of differentials of second kind on modulo exact differentials (cf. Differential). Each derivation of (cf. Derivation in a ring) can be lifted in a canonical way to a mapping satisfying for , [a1], [a2]. This amounts to a connection

which is integrable (i.e. ). If is a function field in one variable, one obtains the Picard–Fuchs equation , which has regular singular points (cf. Regular singular point).

The generalization to higher dimension is due to A. Grothendieck [a3]. For a proper and smooth morphism of -schemes the de Rham cohomology of the fibres of is described by the locally free -modules , the relative de Rham cohomology sheaves. From now on suppose that is of finite type over and let and denote the underlying analytic spaces. Then

and the analytic version of the Gauss–Manin connection is defined by for (respectively, ) a local section of (respectively, ).

An algebraic construction has been given by N.M. Katz and T. Oda [a4]. The complex is filtered by subcomplexes , where

One has and . The connecting homomorphism in the long exact hypercohomology sequence associated to the exact sequence

is an algebraic version of the Gauss–Manin connection.

The Gauss–Manin connection is regular singular [a5][a8]. Its monodromy transformations around points at infinity are quasi-unipotent [a6], [a9], [a10], and bounds on the size of its Jordan blocks are known [a7], [a11]. Geometrical proofs of the monodromy theorem are due to A. Landman [a12], C.H. Clemens [a13] and D.T. Lê [a14].

Another important feature of the Gauss–Manin connection is Griffiths' transversality. The relative de Rham cohomology sheaves of a smooth proper morphism can be filtered as follows. Let be the subcomplex

of . Then . The spectral sequence degenerates at [a15] and is locally free on . Hence maps injectively to a subsheaf of . Griffiths' transversality is the property that

The geometric data have given rise to the concept of a (polarized) variation of Hodge structure. A. Borel has extended the monodromy theorem to this abstract case ([a16], (6.1)).

The Gauss–Manin connection has also been defined for function germs with isolated singularity [a10] and for mapping germs defining isolated complete intersection singularities [a17]. The monodromy of these connections is the classical Picard–Lefschetz monodromy on the vanishing cohomology.

In the theory of -modules (cf. -module), the theory of the Gauss–Manin connection is expressed as a property of the direct image functor for a proper morphism. Combined with the formalism of vanishing cycle functors [a18] it gives rise to the notion of the Gauss–Manin system [a19]. This plays an important role in the asymptotic Hodge theory of singularities [a20][a22].


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