nLab
concordance

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Cohomology

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Idea

A concordance between cocycles in cohomology is a relation similar to but different from a plain coboundary, it is a “coboundary after geometric realization”.

A concordance is a left homotopy in an (∞,1)-topos with respect to a topological interval object, not with respect to the categorical interval .

For instance for S=DiffS = Diff the site of smooth manifolds, there is

  • the “topological interval” IH diffI \in \mathbf{H}_{diff} which is the smooth ∞-stack on DiffDiff represented by the manifold I=[0,1]I = [0,1];

  • the “categorical interval” Ex Δ 1H DiffEx^\infty \Delta^1 \in \mathbf{H}_{Diff} is the smooth ∞-stack that is constant on the free groupoid on a single morphism.

Definition

For H\mathbf{H} and (∞,1)-topos with a fixed notion of topological interval object II, for AAA \in \mathbf{A} any coefficient object and XHX \in \mathbf{H} any other object, a concordance between two objects

c,dH(X,A) c,d \in \mathbf{H}(X,A)

(two cocycles in AA-cohomology on XX)

is an object ηA(X×I)\eta \in A(X \times I) such that

X c X×I η A d X . \begin{matrix} X&&\\ \downarrow&\searrow^{c}&\\ X \times I&\stackrel{\eta}{\to}& A\\ \uparrow& \nearrow_{d}&\\ X&& \end{matrix} \,.

Examples

For topological vector bundles

For topological vector bundles over paracompact Hausdorff spaces, concordance classes coincide with plain isomorphism classes:

Proposition

(concordance of topological vector bundles)

Let XX be a paracompact Hausdorff space. If EX×[0,1]E \to X \times [0,1] is a topological vector bundle over the product space of XX with the closed interval (hence a concordance of topological vector bundles on XX), then the two endpoint-restrictions

E| X×{0}AAandAAE| X×{1} E|_{X \times \{0\}} \phantom{AA} \text{and} \phantom{AA} E|_{X \times \{1\}}

are isomorphic topological vector bundles over XX.

For proof see at topological vector bundle this Prop..

More examples

  • For A=VectrBund()A = VectrBund(-) the difference between concordance of vectorial bundles and isomorphism of vectorial bundles plays a crucial rule in the construction of K-theory from this model.

  • The notions of coboundary and concordance exist in every cohesive (∞,1)-topos.

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