Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 101–128 | Cite as

Stable intersections of tropical varieties

  • Anders Jensen
  • Josephine Yu


We give several characterizations of stable intersections of tropical cycles and establish their fundamental properties. We prove that the stable intersection of two tropical varieties is the tropicalization of the intersection of the classical varieties after a generic rescaling. A proof of Bernstein’s theorem follows from this. We prove that the tropical intersection ring of tropical cycle fans is isomorphic to McMullen’s polytope algebra. It follows that every tropical cycle fan is a linear combination of pure powers of tropical hypersurfaces, which are always realizable. We prove that every stable intersection of constant coefficient tropical varieties defined by prime ideals is connected through codimension one. We also give an example of a realizable tropical variety that is connected through codimension one but whose stable intersection with a hyperplane is not.


Tropical geometry Intersection theory Polytope algebra 



We thank Diane Maclagan for reading and providing feedback on an earlier draft and the referees for many helpful suggestions that greatly improved the exposition. The first author was supported by the Danish Council for Independent Research, Natural Sciences (FNU), and the second author was supported by the NSF Grant DMS #1101289.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut for MatematikAarhus UniversitetÅrhusDenmark
  2. 2.School of MathematicsGeorgia Institute of TechnologyAtlantaUSA

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