Verdier duality


In mathematics, Verdier duality is a cohomological duality in algebraic topology that generalizes Poincaré duality for manifolds. Verdier duality was introduced in 1965 by Jean-Louis Verdier (1995) as an analog for locally compact topological spaces of Alexander Grothendieck's theory of Poincaré duality in étale cohomology for schemes in algebraic geometry. It is thus (together with the said étale theory and for example Grothendieck's coherent duality) one instance of Grothendieck's six operations formalism.

Verdier duality generalises the classical Poincaré duality of manifolds in two directions: it applies to continuous maps from one space to another (reducing to the classical case for the unique map from a manifold to a one-point space), and it applies to spaces that fail to be manifolds due to the presence of singularities. It is commonly encountered when studying constructible or perverse sheaves.

Verdier duality Edit

Verdier duality states that (subject to suitable finiteness conditions discussed below) certain derived image functors for sheaves are actually adjoint functors. There are two versions.

Global Verdier duality states that for a continuous map   of locally compact Hausdorff spaces, the derived functor of the direct image with compact (or proper) supports   has a right adjoint   in the derived category of sheaves, in other words, for (complexes of) sheaves (of abelian groups)   on   and   on   we have


Local Verdier duality states that


in the derived category of sheaves on Y. It is important to note that the distinction between the global and local versions is that the former relates morphisms between complexes of sheaves in the derived categories, whereas the latter relates internal Hom-complexes and so can be evaluated locally. Taking global sections of both sides in the local statement gives the global Verdier duality.

These results hold subject to the compactly supported direct image functor   having finite cohomological dimension. This is the case if the there is a bound   such that the compactly supported cohomology   vanishes for all fibres   (where  ) and  . This holds if all the fibres   are at most  -dimensional manifolds or more generally at most  -dimensional CW-complexes.

The discussion above is about derived categories of sheaves of abelian groups. It is instead possible to consider a ring   and (derived categories of) sheaves of  -modules; the case above corresponds to  .

The dualizing complex   on   is defined to be


where p is the map from   to a point. Part of what makes Verdier duality interesting in the singular setting is that when   is not a manifold (a graph or singular algebraic variety for example) then the dualizing complex is not quasi-isomorphic to a sheaf concentrated in a single degree. From this perspective the derived category is necessary in the study of singular spaces.

If   is a finite-dimensional locally compact space, and   the bounded derived category of sheaves of abelian groups over  , then the Verdier dual is a contravariant functor


defined by


It has the following properties:

  •   for sheaves with constructible cohomology.
  • (Intertwining of functors   and  ). If   is a continuous map from   to  , then there is an isomorphism

Relation to classical Poincaré duality Edit

Poincaré duality can be derived as a special case of Verdier duality. Here one explicitly calculates cohomology of a space using the machinery of sheaf cohomology.

Suppose X is a compact orientable n-dimensional manifold, k is a field and   is the constant sheaf on X with coefficients in k. Let   be the constant map to a point. Global Verdier duality then states


To understand how Poincaré duality is obtained from this statement, it is perhaps easiest to understand both sides piece by piece. Let


be an injective resolution of the constant sheaf. Then by standard facts on right derived functors


is a complex whose cohomology is the compactly supported cohomology of X. Since morphisms between complexes of sheaves (or vector spaces) themselves form a complex we find that


where the last non-zero term is in degree 0 and the ones to the left are in negative degree. Morphisms in the derived category are obtained from the homotopy category of chain complexes of sheaves by taking the zeroth cohomology of the complex, i.e.


For the other side of the Verdier duality statement above, we have to take for granted the fact that when X is a compact orientable n-dimensional manifold


which is the dualizing complex for a manifold. Now we can re-express the right hand side as


We finally have obtained the statement that


By repeating this argument with the sheaf kX replaced with the same sheaf placed in degree i we get the classical Poincaré duality


See also Edit

References Edit

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