In mathematics, plurisubharmonic functions (sometimes abbreviated as psh, plsh, or plush functions) form an important class of functions used in complex analysis. On a Kähler manifold, plurisubharmonic functions form a subset of the subharmonic functions. However, unlike subharmonic functions (which are defined on a Riemannian manifold) plurisubharmonic functions can be defined in full generality on Complex analytic spaces.
the function is a subharmonic function on the set
is said to be plurisubharmonic if and only if for any holomorphic map the function
is subharmonic, where denotes the unit disk.
Differentiable plurisubharmonic functions
If is of (differentiability) class , then is plurisubharmonic, if and only if the hermitian matrix , called Levi matrix, with entries
is positive semidefinite.
Equivalently, a -function f is plurisubharmonic if and only if is a positive (1,1)-form.
- The set of plurisubharmonic functions form a convex cone in the vector space of semicontinuous functions, i.e.
- if is a plurisubharmonic function and a positive real number, then the function is plurisubharmonic,
- if and are plurisubharmonic functions, then the sum is a plurisubharmonic function.
- Plurisubharmonicity is a local property, i.e. a function is plurisubharmonic if and only if it is plurisubharmonic in a neighborhood of each point.
- If is plurisubharmonic and a monotonically increasing, convex function then is plurisubharmonic.
- If and are plurisubharmonic functions, then the function is plurisubharmonic.
- If is a monotonically decreasing sequence of plurisubharmonic functions
then so is .
- Every continuous plurisubharmonic function can be obtained as a limit of monotonically decreasing sequence of smooth plurisubharmonic functions. Moreover, this sequence can be chosen uniformly convergent.
- The inequality in the usual semi-continuity condition holds as equality, i.e. if is plurisubharmonic then
(see limit superior and limit inferior for the definition of lim sup).
- Therefore, plurisubharmonic functions satisfy the maximum principle, i.e. if is plurisubharmonic on the connected open domain and
for some point then is constant.
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