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Combinatorial parametrised spectra

Vincent Braunack-Mayer

Algebraic & Geometric Topology 21 (2021) 801–891

We obtain combinatorial model categories of parametrised spectra, together with systems of base change Quillen adjunctions associated to maps of parameter spaces. We work with simplicial objects and use Hovey’s sequential and symmetric stabilisation machines. By means of a Grothendieck construction for model categories, we produce combinatorial model categories controlling the totality of parametrised stable homotopy theory. The global model category of parametrised symmetric spectra is equipped with a symmetric monoidal model structure (the external smash product) inducing pairings in twisted cohomology groups.

As an application of our results we prove a tangent prolongation of Simpson’s theorem, characterising tangent –categories of presentable –categories as accessible localisations of –categories of presheaves of parametrised spectra. Applying these results to the homotopy theory of smooth –stacks produces well-behaved (symmetric monoidal) model categories of smooth parametrised spectra. These models, which subsume previous work of Bunke and Nikolaus, provide a concrete foundation for studying twisted differential cohomology.

model category, stabilisation, parametrised spectrum, twisted differential cohomology
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 55P42, 55P43, 55U35
Received: 4 October 2019
Revised: 15 May 2020
Accepted: 16 July 2020
Published: 25 April 2021
Vincent Braunack-Mayer
New York University Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates