%0 Journal Article
%J Discrete and Computational Geometry, Volume 48, Issue 4, December 2012, Pages 1025-1047
%D 2012
%T Convex pencils of real quadratic forms
%A Antonio Lerario
%X We study the topology of the set X of the solutions of a system of two quadratic inequalities in the real projective space RP^n (e.g. X is the intersection of two real quadrics). We give explicit formulae for its Betti numbers and for those of its double cover in the sphere S^n; we also give similar formulae for level sets of homogeneous quadratic maps to the plane. We discuss some applications of these results, especially in classical convexity theory. We prove the sharp bound b(X)\leq 2n for the total Betti number of X; we show that for odd n this bound is attained only by a singular X. In the nondegenerate case we also prove the bound on each specific Betti number b_k(X)\leq 2(k+2).
%B Discrete and Computational Geometry, Volume 48, Issue 4, December 2012, Pages 1025-1047
%I Springer
%G en
%U http://hdl.handle.net/1963/7099
%1 7097
%2 Mathematics
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%R 10.1007/s00454-012-9460-2