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Foliated stratified spaces and a de Rham complex describing intersection space cohomology. (English) Zbl 1359.57016
In this paper, the author gives a de Rham type description of a new cohomology theory for singular spaces which is not isomorphic to intersection cohomology.
Author’s abstract: The method of intersection spaces associates cell-complexes depending on a perversity to certain types of stratified pseudomanifolds in such a way that Poincaré duality holds between the ordinary rational cohomology groups of the cell-complexes associated to complementary perversities. The cohomology of these intersection spaces defines a cohomology theory HI for singular spaces, which is not isomorphic to intersection cohomology IH. Mirror symmetry tends to interchange IH and HI. The theory IH can be tied to type IIA string theory, while HI can be tied to IIB theory. For pseudomanifolds with stratification depth 1 and flat link bundles, the present paper provides a de Rham-theoretic description of the theory HI by a complex of global smooth differential forms on the top stratum. We prove that the wedge product of forms introduces a perversity-internal cup product on HI, for every perversity. Flat link bundles arise for example in foliated stratified spaces and in reductive Borel-Serre compactifications of locally symmetric spaces. A precise topological definition of the notion of a stratified foliation is given.

57R30 Foliations in differential topology; geometric theory
57N80 Stratifications in topological manifolds
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