Beilinson regulator

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In mathematics, especially in algebraic geometry, the Beilinson regulator is the Chern class map from algebraic K-theory to Deligne cohomology:

[math]\displaystyle{ K_n (X) \rightarrow \oplus_{p \geq 0} H_D^{2p-n} (X, \mathbf Q(p)). }[/math]

Here, X is a complex smooth projective variety, for example. It is named after Alexander Beilinson. The Beilinson regulator features in Beilinson's conjecture on special values of L-functions.

The Dirichlet regulator map (used in the proof of Dirichlet's unit theorem) for the ring of integers [math]\displaystyle{ \mathcal O_F }[/math] of a number field F

[math]\displaystyle{ \mathcal O_F^\times \rightarrow \mathbf R^{r_1 + r_2}, \ \ x \mapsto (\log |\sigma (x)|)_\sigma }[/math]

is a particular case of the Beilinson regulator. (As usual, [math]\displaystyle{ \sigma: F \subset \mathbf C }[/math] runs over all complex embeddings of F, where conjugate embeddings are considered equivalent.) Up to a factor 2, the Beilinson regulator is also generalization of the Borel regulator.


  • M. Rapoport, N. Schappacher and P. Schneider, ed (1988). Beilinson's conjectures on special values of L-functions. Academic Press. ISBN 0-12-581120-9.