# nLab Johnstone's topological topos

### Context

#### Topos Theory

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# Contents

## Definition

Let Top be the category of topological spaces, and let $\Sigma$ be the full subcategory whose only two objects are a one-point space and $\mathbb{N}^+$, the one-point compactification of the discrete space of natural numbers. Let $J$ be the canonical Grothendieck topology on $\Sigma$.

Johnstone’s topological topos (specifically, the one described in the eponymous paper referenced below) is the topos of canonical sheaves $Sh_J(\Sigma)$ on $\Sigma$. The functor

$Top \to Set^{\Sigma^{op}}: X \mapsto Top(-, X)$

is faithful and factors through $Sh_J(\Sigma)$, and its restriction to the category of sequential spaces is full.

The category of subsequential spaces can also be found as a full subcategory of this topos (in fact, it consists of the separated objects for a Lawvere-Tierney topology). A general object of the topos can be thought of as like a subsequential space, but such that a given sequence can converge to a given point in “more than one way.”

Importantly, following an idea by Joyal, the topological topos $\mathcal{E}:=Sh_J(\Sigma)$ allows one to represent the geometric realization functor as the inverse image of a geometric morphism from $\mathcal{E}$ to the topos of simplicial sets.

## Reference

• Peter Johnstone, On a topological topos, Proc. London Math. Soc. (3) 38 (1979) 237–271. (PDF)

Revised on January 28, 2013 06:39:24 by Bas Spitters (192.16.204.218)