twisted tensor product


In 1959, Edgar Brown introduced a twisted tensor product to give an algebraic description of a fibration. The chain complex of a total space of a principal fibration is obtained as a small perturbation (at the level of a differential) of the chain complex of the trivial fibration (hence a tensor product). It is the analogue for differential algebra of the twisted cartesian product construction in the theory of simplicial fibre bundles.


Let CC be a dg-coalgebra, AA a dg-algebra, τ:CA\tau:C\to A the twisting cochain, LL a right CC-dg-comodule with coaction δ L:LLC\delta_L:L \to L\otimes C and MM a left AA-dg-module with action m M:MAAm_M:M\otimes A\to A. The twisted tensor product L τML\otimes_\tau M is the chain complex that coincides with the ordinary tensor product LML\otimes M as a graded module over the ground ring, and whose differential d τd_\tau is given by

d τ=d L1+1d M+(1m M)(1τ1)(δ L1). d_\tau = d_L\otimes 1 + 1\otimes d_M + (1\otimes m_M)\circ(1\otimes\tau\otimes 1)\circ(\delta_L\otimes 1).


Brown, Edgar H., Jr. Twisted tensor products. I. Annals of Math. (2) 69 1959 223–246.

V. A. Smirnov, Simplicial and operadic methods in algebraic topology, Translations of mathematical monographs 198, AMS, Providence, Rhode Island 2001.

K. Lefevre-Hasegawa thesis (Paris, 2003).

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