Math 764 -- Algebraic Geometry II -- Homeworks

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Homeworks (Spring 2017)

Here are homework problems for Math 764 from Spring 2017 (by Dima Arinkin). I tried to convert the homeworks into the wiki format with pandoc. This does not always work as expected; in case of doubt, check the pdf files.

Homework 1

Due Friday, February 3rd

In all these problems, we fix a topological space X; all sheaves and presheaves are sheaves on X.

  1. Example: Let X be the unit circle, and let {\mathcal{F}} be the sheaf of C^\infty-functions on X. Find the (sheaf) image and the kernel of the morphism \frac{d}{dt}:{\mathcal{F}}\to{\mathcal{F}}. Here t\in{\mathbb{R}}/2\pi{\mathbb{Z}} is the polar coordinate on the circle.
  2. Sheaf operations: Let {\mathcal{F}} and {\mathcal{G}} be sheaves of sets. Recall that a morphism \phi:{\mathcal{F}}\to {\mathcal{G}} is a (categorical) monomorphism if and only if for any sheaf {\mathcal{F}}' and any two morphisms \psi_1,\psi_2:{\mathcal{F}}'\to {\mathcal{F}}, the equality \phi\circ\psi_1=\phi\circ\psi_2 implies \psi_1=\psi_2. Show that \phi is a monomorphism if and only if it induces injective maps on all stalks.
  3. Let {\mathcal{F}} and {\mathcal{G}} be sheaves of sets. Recall that a morphism \phi:{\mathcal{F}}\to{\mathcal{G}} is a (categorical) epimorphism if and only if for any sheaf {\mathcal{G}}' and any two morphisms \psi_1,\psi_2:{\mathcal{G}}\to{\mathcal{G}}', the equality \psi_1\circ\phi=\psi_2\circ\phi implies \psi_1=\psi_2. Show that \phi is a epimorphism if and only if it induces surjective maps on all stalks.
  4. Show that any morphism of sheaves can be written as a composition of an epimorphism and a monomorphism. (You should know what order of composition I mean here.)
  5. Let {\mathcal{F}} be a sheaf, and let {\mathcal{G}}\subset{\mathcal{F}} be a sub-presheaf of {\mathcal{F}} (thus, for every open set U\subset X, {\mathcal{G}}(U) is a subset of {\mathcal{F}}(U) and the restriction maps for {\mathcal{F}} and {\mathcal{G}} agree). Show that the sheafification \tilde{\mathcal{G}} of {\mathcal{G}} is naturally identified with a subsheaf of {\mathcal{F}}.
  6. Let {\mathcal{F}}_i be a family of sheaves of abelian groups on X indexed by a set I (not necessarily finite). Show that the direct sum and direct product of this family exists in the category of sheaves of abelian groups. (E.g., a direct sum would be a sheaf of abelian groups {\mathcal{F}} together with a universal family of homomorphisms {\mathcal{F}}_i\to {\mathcal{F}}.) Do these operations agree with (a) taking stalks at a point x\in X (b) taking sections over an open subset U\subset X?
  7. Locally constant sheaves:

    Definition. A sheaf {\mathcal{F}} is constant over an open set U\subset X if there is a subset S\subset F(U) such that the map {\mathcal{F}}(U)\to{\mathcal{F}}_x:s\mapsto s_x (the germ of s at x) gives a bijection between S and {\mathcal{F}}_x for all x\in U.

    {\mathcal{F}} is locally constant (on X) if every point of X has a neighborhood on which {\mathcal{F}} is constant.

    Recall that a covering space \pi:Y\to X is a continuous map of topological spaces such that every x\in X has a neighborhood U\ni x whose preimage \pi^{-1}(U)\subset U is homeomorphic to U\times Z for some discrete topological space Z. (Z may depend on x; also, the homeomorphism is required to respect the projection to U.)

    Show that if \pi:Y\to X is a covering space, its sheaf of sections {\mathcal{F}} is locally constant. Moreover, prove that this correspondence is an equivalence between the category of covering spaces and the category of locally constant sheaves. (If X is pathwise connected, both categories are equivalent to the category of sets with an action of the fundamental group of X.)

  8. Sheafification: (This problem may be hard, but it is still a good idea to try it) Prove or disprove the following statement (contained in the lecture notes). Let {\mathcal{F}} be a presheaf on X, and let \tilde{\mathcal{F}} be its sheafification. Then every section s\in\tilde{\mathcal{F}}(U) can be represented as (the equivalence class of) the following gluing data: an open cover U=\bigcup U_i and a family of sections s_i\in{\mathcal{F}}(U_i) such that s_i|_{U_i\cap U_j}=s_j|_{U_i\cap U_j}.