Fosco Loregian


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t-structures in stable \infty-categories

[PDF] This is the the­sis col­lect­ing the three works below.

Recollements in stable \infty-categories

[PDF] This is the third joint work with D. Fiorenza, about tt-struc­tures in sta­ble \infty-cat­e­gories, which stud­ies rec­olle­ments. We develop the the­ory of rec­olle­ments in a sta­ble \infty-cat­e­gor­i­cal set­ting. In the axiom­a­ti­za­tion of Beilin­son, Bern­stein and Deligne, rec­olle­ment sit­u­a­tions pro­vide a gen­er­al­iza­tion of Grothen­dieck’s “six func­tors” between derived cat­e­gories. The adjoint­ness rela­tions between func­tors in a rec­olle­ment induce a “rec­ollee” tt-struc­ture on D\mathcal{D}, given tt-struc­tures t0t_0, t1t_1 on D0\mathcal{D}_0, D1\mathcal{D}_1. Such a clas­si­cal result, well known in the set­ting of tri­an­gu­lated cat­e­gories, acquires a new taste when tt-struc­ture are described as suit­able (\infty-cat­e­gor­i­cal) fac­tor­iza­tion sys­tems: the cor­re­spond­ing fac­tor­iza­tion sys­tem enjoys a num­ber of inter­est­ing for­mal prop­er­ties and unex­pected auto­d­u­al­i­ties. In the geo­met­ric case of a strat­i­fied space, var­i­ous rec­olle­ments arise, which “in­ter­act well” with the com­bi­na­torics of the inter­sec­tions of strata to give a well-de­fined, asso­cia­tive oper­a­tion. From this we deduce a gen­er­al­ized asso­cia­tive prop­erty for nn-fold glu­ings, valid in any sta­ble \infty-category.

Hearts and Towers in stable \infty-categories

This is the sec­ond joint work with D. Fiorenza, about tt-struc­tures in sta­ble \infty-cat­e­gories, which shows that in the \infty-cat­e­gor­i­cal set­ting semi­orthog­o­nal decom­po­si­tions on a sta­ble \infty-cat­e­gory C\mathcal{C} arise decom­pos­ing mor­phisms in the Post­nikov tower induced by a chain of tt-struc­tures, regarded (thanks to our pre­vi­ous work) as mul­ti­ple fac­tor­iza­tion sys­tems on C\mathcal{C}.

  A slightly unex­pected result is that tt-struc­tures hav­ing sta­ble class­es, i.e. such that both classes are sta­ble \infty-sub­cat­e­gories of C\mathcal{C}, are pre­cisely the fixed points for the nat­ural action of Z\mathbb Z on the set of tt-struc­tures, given by the shift endofunctor.

This is the (co)end, my only (co)friend

[PDF] A short note about coend cal­cu­lus. Co/ends are awe­some, once you try to use them, your math­e­mat­i­cal life changes forever. I put a con­sid­er­able effort in mak­ing the argu­ments and con­struc­tions rather explic­it: even if at some point I decided to come up with an arX­iv-ed ver­sion, this doc­u­ment must be thought as a nev­er-end­ing accu­mu­la­tion of exam­ples, con­struc­tions and tech­niques which are bet­ter under­stood by means of co/ends. Feel free to give advices on how to improve the discussion!

tt-structures are normal torsion theories

[PDF] My first joint work with D. Fiorenza, lay­ing the foun­da­tions of the the­ory of tt-struc­tures in sta­ble \infty-cat­e­gories under the uni­fy­ing notion of a “nor­mal tor­sion the­o­ry”: as you can see in the abstract, we char­ac­ter­ize tt-struc­tures in sta­ble \infty-cat­e­gories as suit­able qua­si­cat­e­gor­i­cal fac­tor­iza­tion sys­tems. More pre­cisely we show that a tt-struc­ture on a sta­ble \infty-cat­e­gory C\mathcal{C} is equiv­a­lent to a nor­mal tor­sion the­ory F\mathbb{F} on C\mathcal{C}, i.e. to a fac­tor­iza­tion sys­tem (E,M)(\math­cal{E}, \mathcal{M}) where both classes sat­isfy the 3-for-2 can­cel­la­tion prop­er­ty, and a cer­tain com­pat­i­bil­ity with pullbacks/pushouts.

Categorical Tools

I started another project (sim­i­lar to the Jaco­bians math­e­mati­cians) called Cat­e­gor­i­cal Tools, where I tried to pro­pose a bit of cat­e­gor­i­cal lan­guage to the “hea­then­s”, and in order to intro­duce the young­sters here in math­@u­nipd to the “clas­si­cal” con­struc­tions any func­to­r­ial gung-ho must meet at least once in a life­time (bits of enriched cat­e­gory theory, topos­es, spec­tral sequences, homo­topy theory, weighted lim­its, coend-juggling, higher cat­e­gory theory…).

Kan Extension Seminar

From Jan­u­ary to June 2014 I’ve been a proud mem­ber of the Kan exten­sion seminar. I wrote about Freyd and Kel­ly’s paper “Cat­e­gories of con­tin­u­ous func­tors, I”, a copy of which you can find here. This expe­ri­ence cul­mi­nated with the par­tic­i­pa­tion to an infor­mal series of short sem­i­nars at the Win­stan­ley Lec­ture Theatre in Trin­ity Col­lege, right before the begin­ning of the 2014 Inter­na­tional Cat­e­gory The­ory Conference.

COG-GOC 2013

[PDF] This is the first exper­i­ment of a meet­ing I orga­nized with some friends and col­leagues (M. Por­ta, A. Gag­na, G. Mossa and many oth­ers) in order to get updated (and “en­riched” –pun intend­ed) about their research and inter­ests. M. Porta patiently intro­duced me to the arcane mis­ter­ies of bits of “high­er” lan­guage, expos­ing me to lit­tle pieces of his thesis and of the col­lec­tive seminar Autour de DAG.
  As for its philo­soph­i­cal side, GoC-CoG can be defined as an exper­i­men­tal win­dow open to autonomous research, where the word “re­search” has to be under­stood in ety­mo­log­i­cal sense: the daily strug­gle of a bunch of curi­ous minds towards Gno­sis, the firm deter­mi­na­tion to avoid the frag­ment­ed, edonis­tic ten­dency of a cer­tain mod­ern math­e­mat­i­cal prac­tice, which con­cen­trates col­lec­tive efforts on solv­ing a par­tic­u­lar instance of a prob­lem instead of build­ing a theory erod­ing our ques­tions mil­len­nium after mil­len­nium.
  (Some­day you will also see the videos of our “conferences”…)

Moerdijk & Ara talks

Notes of two seminars held in Paris 7 on June 17-18, 2013: I. Moerdijk spoke about Den­droidal sets and test categories, and a hand­writ­ten copy of the notes is here. D. Ara spoke about Fonc­teurs lax nor­mal­isés entre n-caté­gories strictes: here you can find a hand­writ­ten copy of the notes. Both have been writ­ten by F. Genovese, which I warmly thank. Maybe in the future I could merge Francesco’s notes with mine and them.

Categorical Groups

[PDF] Cat­e­gor­i­cal groups (or “strict 2-group­s”) arise, like many other notions, as a cat­e­gori­fi­ca­tion. They appear in a num­ber of forms: as “fully dual­iz­able” strict monoidal cat­e­gories, inter­nal cat­e­gories in Grp\mathbf{Grp}, inter­nal groups in Cat\mathbf{Cat}, crossed mod­ules, strict 2-groupoids with a sin­gle object…
  This vari­ety of incar­na­tions gives a very rich the­ory which can be built by the power of anal­ogy with the set-the­o­retic case: my expo­si­tion will con­cen­trate mostly on two sides of the story:

  1. arXiv:0407463 As set-theoretic groups can be linearly represented on vectors spaces, so 2-groups can be 2-linearly represented on 2-vector spaces, thanks to a construction by Voevodsky and Kapranov; the category 2-Vect\mathbf{Vect} carries an astoundingly rich structure, and so does the category of representations Fun(G\mathbf{G}, 2-Vect\mathbf{Vect}).
  2. arXiv:0801.3843 As (suitably tame) topological groups give Cech theory of principal G-bundles, so 2-groups give Cech theory of principal 2-bundles; Cech cocycles can be characterized, thanks to an idea by G. Segal, as suitable functors, allowing to recover a categorified Cech theory of “2-bundles”.
Homotopical interpretation of stack theory

[PDF] In their paper “Strong stacks and clas­si­fy­ing spaces” A. Joyal and M. Tier­ney pro­vide an ​in­ter­nal char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of the clas­si­cal (or ‘‘folk’’) model struc­ture on the cat­e­gory of groupoids in a Grothen­dieck topos E. The fibrant objects in the clas­si­cal model struc­ture on Gpd(E)\mathbf{Gpd}(\mathcal{E}) are called ‘‘strong stack­s’’, as they appear as a strength­en­ing of the notion of stack in E\mathcal{E} (i.e. an inter­nal groupoid object in E\mathcal{E} sub­ject to a cer­tain con­di­tion which involves ‘‘de­s­cent data’’). The main appli­ca­tion is when E\mathcal{E} is the topos of sim­pli­cial sheaves on a space or on a site: in that case then strong stacks are inti­mately con­nected with clas­si­fy­ing space​s of sim­pli­cial groups.

  Adapt­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion to the audi­ence needed a ‘‘gen­tle intro­duc­tion’’ to Topos The­ory and the inter­nal­iza­tion phi­los­o­phy of Cat­e­gory The­ory, and a more neat pre­sen­ta­tion of the folk model struc­ture on Gpd(Set)\mathbf{Gpd}(\mathbf{Set}) (not to men­tion the orig­i­nal arti­cle by Joyal and Tier­ney was utterly hard-­to-read, so I tried to fill some holes and unrav­eled some prerequisites).

Categorification on AQFT

[PDF] Clas­si­cal AQFT can be defined as a cosheaf A\mathcal{A} of C\mathrm{C}^\ast-al­ge­bras on the man­i­fold of space-­time (or more gen­er­al­ly, on a suit­able lorentz­ian man­i­fold play­ing such rôle) M, sat­is­fy­ing two axioms: locality, ensur­ing that observ­ables in an open region are a fortiori observ­ables in any super­set of that region, and causality, ensur­ing that If U,VU,V are space­like sep­a­rated regions, then A(U)\math­cal A(U) and A(V)\math­cal A(V) pair­wise com­mute as sub­al­ge­bras of A(M)\math­cal A(M).

  Now what if we want to suit­ably categorify this notion, extend­ing it to the realm of ten­sor cat­e­gories (that is, cat­e­gories equipped with a ten­sor func­tor sub­ject to suit­able axiom­s)? Causal­ity has to be replaced by a high­er-­cat­e­gor­i­cal ana­logue of the con­cept of com­mu­ta­tors of a sub­al­ge­bra of B(H)\math­cal{B}(\­mathbb H) and Von Neu­mann alge­bras, lead­ing to the def­i­n­i­tion of a Von Neu­mann category as a sub­cat­e­gory of HilbH\math­bf{Hilb}_{\­mathbb H} which equals its dou­ble commutant.

Homotopical Algebra for C\mathrm{C}^\ast-algebras

[PDF] Homo­topi­cal Alge­bra showed to be extremely fruit­ful in study­ing cat­e­gories of “things that resem­ble spaces” and struc­tured spaces, keep­ing track of their struc­ture in the step-by-step con­struc­tion of abstract homo­topy invari­ants; so in a cer­tain sense it is nat­ural to apply this com­pli­cated machin­ery to the cat­e­gory C-Alg\mathrm{C}^\ast\text{-}\mathbf{Alg}: all in all, Gel’­fand-­Naimark’s the­o­rem tells that there exists an equiv­a­lence C-AlgLCHaus.\math­rm{C}^\ast\­tex­t{-}\­math­bf{Al­g}\­cong \mathbf{LCHaus}.

  Start­ing from this we should­n’t be sur­prised by the exis­tence of homo­topi­cal meth­ods in C\mathrm{C}^\ast-al­ge­bra the­o­ry, and it should be nat­ural to spend a con­sid­er­able effort to endow C-Alg\mathrm{C}^\ast\text{-}\mathbf{Alg} with a model struc­ture, maybe exploit­ing one of the var­i­ous pre-ex­ist­ing model struc­tures on Top\mathbf{Top}: this is (al­most) what [Uuye] pro­posed in his article.

  The main prob­lem is that the cat­e­gory of C\mathrm{C}^\ast-al­ge­bras admits a homo­topi­cal cal­cu­lus which can’t be extended to a full model struc­ture in the sense of [Quil­len]. This is pre­cisely The­o­rem 5.2, which we take from [Uuye], who repeats an unpub­lished argu­ment by Ander­sen and Gro­dal; the plan to over­come this dif­fi­culty is to seek for a weaker form of Homo­topi­cal Cal­cu­lus, still fit­ting our needs. To this end, the main ref­er­ence is [Brown]’s the­sis, which laid the foun­da­tions of this weaker abstract Homo­topy The­o­ry, based on the notion of “cat­e­gory with fibrant object­s”. Instead of look­ing for a full model struc­ture on C-Alg\mathrm{C}^\ast\text{-}\mathbf{Alg} we seek for a fibrant one, exploit­ing the track drawn by [Uuye]’s paper, which is the main ref­er­ence of the talk together with [Brown]’s thesis.

My (graduate) thesis

[PDF] Orlov spent lots of years study­ing the derived cat­e­gory Dcohb(X)\mathbf{D}^b_\text{coh}(X) of coher­ent sheaves on a vari­ety XX; in the spirit of recon­struc­tion theory, lots of alge­braic prop­er­ties of the cat­e­gory itself reflect into geo­met­ric prop­er­ties of the space XX.

Functorial topology

The first rea­son I chose to study Math­e­mat­ics is Alge­braic Topol­o­gy. Despite the intrin­sic com­plex­ity of the top­ic, I can’t aban­don the idea that this is the most ele­gant (=ab­stract) way to look at Geom­e­try, so with the pass­ing of time I cared to refine my under­stand­ing about homo­topy the­o­ry, homo­log­i­cal alge­bra and such­like, accept­ing that the main rea­son Cat­e­gory The­ory was invented is to turn Alge­braic Topol­o­gist’s deliria into rig­or­ous state­ments. The “ten­ta­tive com­ple­ments” arose with two short­-term goals, but rapidly fell off to become the draft of a draft: 1) explic­itly solve some exer­cises nobody pub­licly solves (they’re often left to the con­scious reader, but math­e­mati­cians are often lazy peo­ple) and 2) give a cat­e­gor­i­cal flavour even to basic state­ments on both Gen­eral and basic Alge­braic Topol­o­gy. The “short intro” arose to extend and pub­licly pro­pose one of the cor­ner­stones in advanced Homo­log­i­cal Alge­bra: tri­an­gu­lated categories

Galois theory notes

One of the most beau­ti­ful pieces of Abstract Alge­bra dis­cov­ered by mankind. It is indeed one of the sub­tlest incar­na­tion of the math­e­mat­i­cal notion of duality between two enti­ties. When­ever we are inter­ested in study­ing the (par­tially ordered) set of inter­me­di­ate struc­ture between a top-set E and a bot­tom-set F, we can turn to study Aut(E|F), the group of auto­mor­phisms of the top-set, fix­ing point­wise the bottom-set

Jacobian Mathematicians

Our name is a pun between Jacobian and Jacobins; it is intended to be some kind of open window towards the sci­en­tific atti­tude to knowl­edge. We talk about Maths, also devel­op­ing its inter­con­nec­tion with cul­ture and Philosophy.

I gave seven lec­tures until now (but three more peo­ple talked about Game The­o­ry, Fourier analy­sis, and ana­lyt­i­cal solu­tions to PDEs):

  1. [PDF] Fibrations between spheres and Hopf theorem
  2. [PDF] The importance of being abstract aka A gentle introduction to the categorical point of view to reality;
  3. [PDF] low dimensional Topological Quantum Field Theories;
  4. [PDF] Chatting about complex geometry (from symplectic to Kahler manifolds);
  5. [PDF] Connections and Fiber Bundles, with a glance to the geometry of Classical Field Theory;
  6. [PDF]: A short lecure about Computational Homological Algebra, my first piece of (!) applied Mathematics.
  7. [PDF] [indeed, yet to come]: Monoidal Categories for the working physicist, a tentative introduction to Categorical approach to Quantum Mechanics.
Hamiltonian Mech

[PDF] My first love is Math­e­mat­i­cal Physics, I can­not hide it. In writ­ing these poor and chaotic pages I wanted to give myself some sort of glossa about basic math­e­mat­i­cal meth­ods used in Physics; in fact there’s nei­ther some­thing orig­i­nal, nor some­thing new in them, and I should have hid­den them to your eyes if I had wanted to avoid a bad impres­sion. But I def­i­nitely fell in love with Wheel­er’s idea that “Physics is [a part of] Geom­e­try”, and I’m fas­ci­nated by the ill genius of A. Fomenko, so I can’t quit my quixotic quest for a rig­or­ous foun­da­tion of Math­e­mat­i­cal Physics…

Riemann surfaces

A Rie­mann surface is a com­plex one-di­men­sional man­i­fold: ask­ing the tran­si­tion func­tions between charts to be (bi)holomorphisms between domains of the com­plex line obstructs the gen­eral (even smooth) two-di­men­sional man­i­fold to be a RS. Alge­braic, ana­lyt­i­cal and geo­met­ri­cal meth­ods work in sin­ergy to give a beau­ti­ful and (at least in the case of com­pact spaces) com­plete theory.

Differential Geometry

The study of the Geom­e­try of curves and surfaces cul­mi­nates with Gauss’ mas­ter­piece Dis­qui­si­tiones gen­erales circa super­fi­cies curvas, where he defines the con­cept of intrinsical geo­met­ric prop­er­ty. Can a small ant lying on a sphere notice it is walk­ing on a glob­ally non-flat sur­face? And what if it was on a cylin­der? And what if it was on a torus?

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Fosco G. Loregian

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Works in progress

Locally model bicategories

Let V\mathcal{V} be a model cos­mos (e.g. sSet\mathbf{sSet}); let Prof(V)\mathbf{Prof}(\mathcal{V}) the bicat­e­gory of V\mathcal{V}-pro­func­tors. This is a bicat­e­gory where every hom-­cat­e­gory is a model cat­e­gory is a (non unique, but) nat­ural way: Prof(V)(C,D)=Fun(Cop×D,sSet)\math­bf{Prof}(\­math­cal{V})(C,D) = \tex­t{­Fun}(C^\­tex­t{op}\­times D, \mathbf{sSet}). This is the par­a­dig­matic exam­ple (the unique one at the moment) of a 2-cat­e­gory where every hom-­cat­e­gory is a model cat­e­go­ry. Let A\mathbb{A} be a locally model 2-category.

  1. What is the universal property (in 2-Cat2\text{-}\mathbf{Cat}) of the 2-category having the same objects as A\mathbb{A} and hom-categories Ho(A(X,Y))\text{Ho}(\mathbb{A}(X,Y))?
  2. Is the notion of a locally model 2-category the right notion of a 2-model category?
  3. Starting from the hom-wise model structure on each hom-category, is there a way to unravel a class of 1-cells in A\mathbb{A} which can be inverted (à la Pronk-Tommasini)? What’s the answer in the case of Prof(V)\mathbf{Prof}(\mathcal{V}), or more specifically Prof(sSet)\mathbf{Prof}(\mathbf{sSet})?
  4. Let sSetQuil\mathbf{sSet}_\text{Quil} and sSetJoy\mathbf{sSet}_\text{Joy} be the categories of simplicial sets endowed with the Quillen and Joyal model structure, respectively. There is a Bousfield localization of model categories 1:sSetQuilsSetJoy:11\colon \mathbf{sSet}_\text{Quil} \leftrightarrow \mathbf{sSet}_\text{Joy}\colon 1. Does this adjunction induces a 2-adjunction Prof(sSetQuil)Prof(sSetJoy)\mathbf{Prof}(\mathbf{sSet}_{\text{Quil}}) \leftrightarrow \mathbf{Prof}(\mathbf{sSet}_\text{Joy}) which can be thought as “Bousfield localization of a 2-model category”?
A transfinite Fubini theorem for co/ends

That’s the start­ing ques­tion: click.

I need it because of my survey for coends.

I’m rather sure that the result is true; also, it should have a rather for­mal proof using uni­ver­sal prop­er­ties of adjoints. Obvi­ous­ly, I need it because if the phi­los­o­phy “coends are inte­grals” is cor­rect, then you def­i­nitely want this result to ensure that you can “in­te­grate a func­tor by slices”. A dif­fer­ent approach to the solu­tion of ths prob­lem is the fol­low­ing: it’s enough to prove the the­o­rem for con­stant func­tors instead than for col­im­its, given the adjoint­ness rela­tion between the two: the left adjoint of a per­muted com­po­si­tion is, up to an addi­tional per­mu­ta­tion, the com­po­si­tion of the left adjoints to the com­posands. The prob­lem is that in the finite-set case this addi­tional per­mu­ta­tion is the “re­vers­ing order” one, send­ing 1 into nn, 2 into n1n-1, etc. Noth­ing of this sort is avail­able in the case of infi­nite sets (where should 0 go in such a bijec­tion for ω\omega?).