Link between internal groupoids and stacks on a topos ? - MathOverflow most recent 30 from http://mathoverflow.net 2013-05-26T08:56:34Z http://mathoverflow.net/feeds/question/93948 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/rdf http://mathoverflow.net/questions/93948/link-between-internal-groupoids-and-stacks-on-a-topos Link between internal groupoids and stacks on a topos ? Simon Henry 2012-04-13T11:03:12Z 2012-04-13T12:07:32Z <p>Hello !</p> <p>If I a have a grothendieck Site (C,J), I can consider :</p> <ul> <li><p>The Stacks on (C,J) : category fibered in groupoid over C which statisfy suitable descent condition with respect to the covering sieve of J...</p></li> <li><p>Internal Groupoid in the topos Sh(C,J).</p></li> </ul> <p>Clearly those two notions are very close. but not exactly equivalent. I found a lot of book/article/thesis who define stacks but none of them were in term of the internal logic of the topos and it appears to me that some properties would be a lot more natural if they were stated in terms of an internal groupoid and the internal logic.</p> <p>My feeling is that stacks corresponds to internal groupoids "up to weak categorical equivalences" (we invert the functor between groupoid which are internally fully faithfull and essentially surjective). But that this equivalence rely on the (external) axiom of choice. Am I right ? (and if I am, how can we make this more explicit ? )</p> <p>Oh, and What about Higher Stacks ?</p> <p>Thank you !</p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/93948/link-between-internal-groupoids-and-stacks-on-a-topos/93953#93953 Answer by David Carchedi for Link between internal groupoids and stacks on a topos ? David Carchedi 2012-04-13T12:07:32Z 2012-04-13T12:07:32Z <p>The $2$-category of internal groupoids in $Sh(C,J)$ is equivalent to the $2$-category of sheaves of groupoids on $(C,J)$. To see this, given a groupoid $G$ in sheaves,the strict $2$-functor $$C \mapsto \left(G_0\left(C\right) \rightrightarrows G_1\left(C\right)\right)$$ is a sheaf of groupoids. So, there is a $2$-functor</p> <p>$$F:Gpd(Sh(C,J)) \to Sh_J(C,Gpd) \to St(C,J)$$ which sends $$G \mapsto a(\left(G_0\left(\mspace{3mu}\cdot \mspace{3mu} \right) \rightrightarrows G_1\left(\mspace{3mu}\cdot \mspace{3mu}\right)\right),$$ where $a$ is the stackification $2$-functor.</p> <p>I claim that $a$ is essentially surjective. Indeed, by the Grothendieck construction, one can see easily that every stack is equivalent to a strict $2$-functor from $C^{op}$ into the $2$-category $Gpd$ of groupoids. Such a strict $2$-functor, is the same as a functor into the $1$-category of groupoids, which is the same as a groupoid object in presheaves (by the same argument). One can sheafify this into a sheaf of groupoids, and then apply $F$ to it, and the result is equivalent to the starting stack.</p> <p>The fact fact that stacks are equivalent to groupoids in sheaves up to "weak categorical equivalence" can be found in (I believe) in Bunge's "Stack completions and Morita equivalence for categories in a topos," but can also be proven directly by examining $F$. As far as the internal logic and the axiom of choice, you are on to something, but I am not a logician. But, what I can say, is that the axiom of choice fails, in the sense that not every epimorphism splits in a topos, and if every epi DID split, then the notion of Morita equivalence would agree with the notion of categorical equivalence of internal groupoid objects.</p> <p>What about higher stacks? Well, one can see this by the fact that given a site $(C,J),$ there is a model structure on simplicial $J$-sheaves whose associated $(\infty,1)$-category is equivalent to the $\infty$-topos of $\infty$-sheaves. Ok, so how does this answer your question? Well, for simplicity, lets work with the projective model structure. There is the <em>global</em> projective model structure on $Sh_J(C)^{\Delta^{op}}$, which does not yet model $\infty$-sheaves and its associated infinity category corresponds to its fibrant objects which are those simplicial sheaves which are object-wise Kan-complexes, i.e., infinity groupoids. It follows that its associated $(\infty,1)$-category is the $(\infty,1)$-category of $\infty$-groupoid objects in sheaves. One can then left-Bousfield localize this model structure with respect to $J$-covering sieves, and one arrives as the <em>local</em> model strucrure on simplicial sheaves, and its associated $\infty$-category is the $\infty$-topos of $\infty$-sheaves. At the level of $\infty$-categories, this localization corresponds to a left-exact localization $$Sh_\infty(C,J) \leftrightarrows\infty-Gpd\left(Sh(C,J)\right).$$ The left-adjoint corresponds to fibrant replacement at the level of model categories, and $\infty$-stackfiication at the level of $\infty$-categories. So, every higher stack arises from an internal higher groupoid in $Sh(C,J)$.</p>