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nice simplicial topological space

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Idea

A nice simplicial topological space is a simplicial topological space that satisfies certain extra properties that make it well behaved in homotopy theory, notably so that its geometric realization of simplicial spaces is its homotopy colimit.

Definition

Definition

Let X:Δ opTopX : \Delta^{op} \to Top be a simplicial topological space.

Such XX is called

  • good if all the degeneracy maps X n1X nX_{n-1} \hookrightarrow X_n are all closed cofibrations;

  • proper if the inclusion sX nX ns X_n \hookrightarrow X_n of the degenerate simplices is a closed cofibration, where sX n= is i(X n1)s X_n = \bigcup_i s_i(X_{n-1}).

In other words this says: X X_\bullet is proper if it is cofibrant in the Reedy model structure [Δ op,Top Strom] Reedy[\Delta^{op}, Top_{Strom}]_{Reedy} on simplicial objects with respect to the Strøm model structure on Top.

The notion of good simplicial topological space goes back to (Segal), that of proper simplicial topological space to (May).

Properties

General

Proposition

A good simplicial topological space is proper.

A proof appears as Lewis, corollary 2.4 (b). A generalization of this result is in RobertsStevenson.

Proposition

For X X_\bullet any simplicial topological space, then SingX {|Sing X_\bullet|} is good, hence proper, and the natural morphism

SingX X {|Sing X_\bullet|} \to X_\bullet

is degreewise a weak homotopy equivalence.

This follows by results in (Lewis).

Proof

Since for XTopX \in Top the map SingXX|Sing X| \to X is a cofibrant resolution in the standard model structure on topological spaces, we have that

SingX X |Sing X_\bullet| \to X_\bullet

is a degreewise weak homotopy equivalence. In particular each space SingX n|Sing X_n| is a CW-complex, hence in particular a locally equi-connected space. By (Lewis, p. 153) inclusions of retracts of locally equi-connected spaces are closed cofibrations, and since degeneracy maps are retracts, this means that the degeneracy maps in SingX |Sing X_\bullet| are closed cofibrations.

Models for the homotopy colimit

Proposition

Let X X_\bullet be a simplicial topological space. Then there is a natural weak homotopy equivalence

X hocolim nΔX n \Vert X_\bullet\Vert \simeq hocolim_{n \in \Delta} X_n

from its fat geometric realization of simplicial topological spaces to the homotopy colimit over the simplicial diagram X:Δ opTopX : \Delta^{op} \to Top.

If moreover X X_\bullet is proper, then the natural morphism XX {\Vert X\Vert} \to {|X|} is a weak homotopy equivalence, and hence also the ordinary geometric realization is a model for the homotopy colimit.

Proof

That the geometric realization of simplicial topological spaces of a proper simplicial space is is homotopy colimit follows from the above fact that proper spaces are Reedy cofibrant, and using the general statement discussed at homotopy colimit about description of homotopy colimits by coends.

Remark

In the case X X_\bullet that is a good simplicial topological space, a direct (i.e., not using the fact that goodness implies properness) proof that XX \Vert X\Vert \to |X| is a weak homotopy equivalence has been sketched by Graeme Segal and then refined by Tammo tom Dieck.

References

The definition of proper simplicial space goes back to

  • Peter May, The Geometry of Iterated Loop Spaces , Lecture Notes in Mathematics, 1972, Volume 271(1972), 100-112, (pdf)

May originally said strictly proper for what now is just called proper .

The definition of good simplicial space goes back to

  • Graeme Segal, Configuration-Spaces and Iterated Loop-Spaces , Inventiones math. 21,213-221 (1973)

The implication goodpropergood \Rightarrow proper seems to be handled like a folk theorem. Its origin is maybe in

  • L. Gaunce Lewis Jr., When is the natural map XΩΣXX \to \Omega \Sigma X a cofibration? , Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 273 (1982), 147–155.

Comments on the relation between properness and cofibrancy in the Reedy model structure on [Δ op,Set][\Delta^{op}, Set] are made in

Revised on February 19, 2011 10:19:56 by Urs Schreiber (82.113.99.0)