Preprint A20/2001
The Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity of an integral variety of a vector field on projective space

Eduardo Esteves

**Keywords: **
Vector fields | integral varieties | Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity

The Castelnuovo-Mumford regularity r of a projective variety V
is an upper bound for the degrees of the hypersurfaces necessary to cut out V. In this note we give a bound for r when V is left invariant by a vector field on the ambient projective space. More precisely, assume V is arithmetically Cohen-Macaulay, for instance, a complete intersection. Assume as well that V projects to a normal-crossings hypersurface, which is the case when V is a curve with at most ordinary nodes. Then we show that r is at most m+s+1, where s is the dimension of V and m is the degree of the vector field. Our method consists of using first central projections to reduce the problem to when V is a hypersurface, and then using bounds given by Brunella and Mendes.