First, i want to know what is $\mathcal O(-1)$ bundle is. (Definition or geometric interpretation, and so on)

Second I want understand how the following is constructed.

Consider a $\phi$ as a coordinates on a copy of $Z= C^N$

Then, I know \begin{align} |\phi_1|^2 + |\phi_2|^2 + \cdots |\phi_N|^2 = r \end{align} which describe $S^{2N-1}$.

Implementing $U(1)$ condition the space of solution is described by

\begin{align} CP^N = S^{2N+1}/U(1) \end{align} Now consider slightly different case \begin{align} |\phi_1|^2 + |\phi_2|^2 - |\phi_3|^2 - |\phi_4|^2 =r \end{align} this gives $\mathcal O(-1) \oplus \mathcal O(-1)$ over $CP^1$. I want to know what this means and how to obtain.

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    $\begingroup$ $\mathcal O(-1)$ is the invertible sheaf on $\mathbb P^n$ corresponding to the "tautological bundle" $\{(L, x) \in \mathbb P^n \times \mathbb A^{n+1}:x\in L\}$. $\endgroup$
    – Hoot
    Oct 28, 2015 at 4:05
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    $\begingroup$ @Hoot, i understand a $\mathcal O(-1)$ as a dual of line bundle. (But still don't know the physical or geometrical interpretation...) Can you explain why $\mathcal O(-1)$ appears in the second question that i wrote? $\endgroup$
    – phy_math
    Oct 28, 2015 at 9:12
  • $\begingroup$ Cross-posted to Physics. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868
    Oct 28, 2015 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ I think the definition is pretty geometric already: from the very start each point in $\mathbb{P}^n$ corresponds to a line, and the bundle $\mathcal{O}(-1)$ glues all of these together over $\mathbb P^n$. In the last part of your question, what's the map to $\mathbb P^1$ and what's the group action? $\endgroup$
    – Hoot
    Oct 28, 2015 at 23:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Hoot, here i guess the group action is $U(1)$. $\endgroup$
    – phy_math
    Oct 29, 2015 at 0:10

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A invertible sheaf is also defined by its transition function over open subsets. In general, an invertible sheaf $O(n)$ over $\mathbb{P}^n$ is the following:

Over each $U_i=\{[*,*,..,0,*...,*]:\text{ zero in i-th position }\}$ we define $O(n)|_{U_i}=\{\text{polynomial of degree $n$ }\in O_{P^n}(U_i)\}$ and the transition function is compatible with the structure sheaf of $\mathbb{P}^n$. We can check that under this definition $O(-1)$ is isomorphic to the canonical line bundle over $\mathbb{P}^n$.( the definition mentioned by Hoot in the comment)


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