Cohomology of Constant Sheaves

  • Torsten Wedhorn
Part of the Springer Studium Mathematik - Master book series (SSMM)


In this chapter we focus on cohomology of constant sheaves. We start by defining singular (co)homology and then show that for a locally contractible space X singular cohomology with values in a ring R and the cohomology of the constant sheaf R X are equal. We deduce that R X is acyclic if X is contractible and locally contractible.

Combining this result for \(X=[0,1]\) and the proper base change theorem we deduce homotopy invariance of cohomology of constant sheaves for continuous maps between arbitrary topological spaces in Sect. 11.3. We conclude the chapter with some easy applications.

Notation: Let R always be a commutative ring and let X be a topological space.


Topological Space Commutative Ring Homotopy Invariance Contractible Space Sheaf Cohomology 
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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Technische Universität DarmstadtDarmstadtGermany

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