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Barr-exact categories and soft sheaf representations

Abbadini, M; Reggio, L; (2023) Barr-exact categories and soft sheaf representations. Journal of Pure and Applied Algebra , 227 (12) , Article 107413. 10.1016/j.jpaa.2023.107413. Green open access

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Abstract

It has long been known that a key ingredient for a sheaf representation of a universal algebra A consists in a distributive lattice of commuting congruences on A. The sheaf representations of universal algebras (over stably compact spaces) that arise in this manner have been recently characterised by Gehrke and van Gool (J. Pure Appl. Algebra, 2018), who identified the central role of the notion of softness. In this paper, we extend the scope of this theory by replacing varieties of algebras with Barr-exact categories, thus encompassing a number of “non-algebraic” examples. Our approach is based on the notion of K-sheaf: intuitively, whereas sheaves are defined on open subsets, K-sheaves are defined on compact ones. Throughout, we consider sheaves on complete lattices rather than spaces; this allows us to obtain point-free versions of sheaf representations whereby spaces are replaced with frames. These results are used to construct sheaf representations for the dual of the category of compact ordered spaces, and to recover Banaschewski and Vermeulen's point-free sheaf representation of commutative Gelfand rings (Quaest. Math., 2011).

Type: Article
Title: Barr-exact categories and soft sheaf representations
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpaa.2023.107413
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jpaa.2023.107413
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10171231
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