In mathematics, in the theory of algebraic curves, certain divisors on a curve C are particular, in the sense of determining more compatible functions than would be predicted. These are the special divisors. In classical language, they move on the curve in a larger linear system of divisors. The condition to be a special divisor D can be formulated in sheaf cohomology terms, as the nonvanishing of the H^{1} cohomology of the sheaf of the sections of the invertible sheaf or line bundle associated to D. This means that, by the RiemannRoch theorem, the H^{0} cohomology or space of holomorphic sections is larger than expected. Alternatively, by Serre duality, the condition is that there exist holomorphic differentials with divisor ≥ −D on the curve. BrillNoether theory BrillNoether theory in algebraic geometry is the theory of special divisors on generic algebraic curves. It is of interest mainly in the case of genus g ≥ 3. In conceptual terms, for g given, the moduli space for curves of genus g should contain an open, dense subset parametrizing those curves with the minimum in the way of special divisors. The point of the theory is to 'count constants', for those curves: to predict the dimension of the space of special divisors (up to linear equivalence) of a given degree d, as a function of g, that must be present on a curve of that genus. The theory was stated by the German geometers Ludwig Brill and Max Noether in 1879. A rigorous proof was first given by Griffiths & Harris (1980). These formulations can be carried over into higher dimensions, and there is now a corresponding BrillNoether theory for some classes of algebraic surfaces. References * Griffiths, Phillip & Harris, Joseph (1980), "On the variety of special linear systems on a general algebraic curve.", Duke Math. J. 47 (1): 233272, MR0563378 Retrieved from "http://en.wikipedia.org/"

