Fourier–Mukai transform

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In algebraic geometry, the Fourier–Mukai transform or Mukai–Fourier transform, introduced by Mukai (1981), is an isomorphism between the derived categories of coherent sheaves on an abelian variety and its dual. It is analogous to the classical Fourier transform that gives an isomorphism between tempered distributions on a finite-dimensional real vector space and its dual.

If the canonical class of a variety is positive or negative, then the derived category of coherent sheaves determines the variety. The Fourier–Mukai transform gives examples of different varieties (with trivial canonical bundle) that have isomorphic derived categories, as in general an abelian variety of dimension greater than 1 is not isomorphic to its dual.


Let be an abelian variety and be its dual variety. We denote by the Poincaré bundle on

normalized to be trivial on the fibers at zero. Let and be the canonical projections.

The Fourier–Mukai functor is then

The notation here: D means derived category of coherent sheaves, and R is the higher direct image functor, at the derived category level.

There is a similar functor


Let g denote the dimension of X.

The Fourier–Mukai transformation is nearly involutive :

It interchanges Pontrjagin product and tensor product.