In the book Discriminants, Resultants, and Multidimensional Determinants of Andrei Zelevinsky and Izrail' Moiseevič Gel'fand, the authors give the following definition of degree of a hypersurface in a Grassmannian.

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As they say, in generale a hypersurfaces in a projective variety is not given by the vanishing of a polynomial in its coordinate ring, but for Grassmannians this is true, since its coordinate ring is a UFD, therefore every height-one prime is principal by Krull Theorem.

However I'm stuck on the definition of degree of a hypersurface in a Grassmannian. To be more precise...I wuold prove that this definition is well posed, as in the case of projective hypersurfaces.

For doing this I think it's enough to check:

  • The maximum number of intersection points of $Z$ with a flag is finite, say equals to $d\geq 0$;
  • There exist two Zariski-open $U\subset G(k-1,n)$ and $V\subset G(k+1,n)$, such that for every flag with $N\in U$ and $M\in V$, the cardinality of $P_{NM}\cap Z$ is equals to $d$.

Any help or reference it's well accepted.

  • $\begingroup$ Have you looked at Hartshorne Chapter 1 Section 7? $\endgroup$
    – DKS
    Apr 13, 2018 at 1:16


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