ABSTRACTS FROM TALKS
A category of 'spaces' that is not a category of locales
Topos ŕ l'IHES (23 au 27 novembre 2015)
We describe a short list of categorical axioms that make a category
behave like the category of locales. In summary the axioms assert
that the category has an object that behaves like the Sierpinski
space and this object is double exponentiable. A number of the usual
results of locale theory can be derived using the axioms: the
(weakly) closed subgroup theorem proved, closed and proper surjections
are of effective descent, parallel theories of discrete and compact
Hausdorff spaces emerge. An example is given of a category that
satisfies the axioms but which is not the category of locales for any
topos. We show how to embed the category of elementary toposes into the category whose objects are categories that satisfy the axioms.
Geometric morphisms as structure preserving maps
Category Theory - CT2014 - Cambridge July 2014
The `structure' which makes a cartesian category into a topos is the power set
functor, which classifies relations. However the morphisms between toposes (geometric morphisms) are not structure preserving maps; they are instead adjunctions
for which the left adjoint preserves finite limits. Relative to any topos there is
its category of locales. Some attempts to provide a categorical axiomatization of
locales hinge on assuming the existence of a double power locale functor, characterized categorically as a double exponential. The talk will provide a very brief
overview of this categorical axiomatization of locales. The focus of the talk will be
on describing how geometric morphisms can be represented as morphisms between
categories of locales (so axiomatized). It turns out that geometric morphisms correspond to adjunctions that commute with the double power locale functor (and
associated monad). In this way geometric morphisms can be re-interpreted as
'structure preserving maps'.
ReferenceTownsend, C.F. Representing Geometric Morphisms Using Power Locale Monads. Appl.Categ. Struct. Volume 21, Issue 1, pp 15-47 (2013)
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Given that geometric morphisms can be represented as adjunctions between categories of locales, it feels natural to ask whether the representation of bounded geometric morphisms (i.e. Grothendieck toposes) via localic groupoids can be carried out using only locale theory. This could allow the representation theorem to be be proved without having to deploy some of the heavy machinery of topos theory (notably, sites and the pullback stability of various properties of geometric morphisms). Although I have not been able to complete such a proof I would like to present a strategy which will give some insight into how the localic view of geometric morphisms can be used in practice. The strategy relies on having a localic characterization of bounded geometric morphisms; although it is clear what this localic characterization should look like (for the theorem to work that is!) proving that the characterization is correct appears to be technically challenging.
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