On derived equivalences of categories of sheaves over finite posets

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A finite poset X carries a natural structure of a topological space. Fix a field k, and denote by Db (X) the bounded derived category of sheaves of finite dimensional k-vector spaces over X. Two posets X and Y are said to be derived equivalent if Db (X) and Db (Y) are equivalent as triangulated categories. We give explicit combinatorial properties of X which are invariant under derived equivalence; among them are the number of points, the Z-congruency class of the incidence matrix, and the Betti numbers. We also show that taking opposites and products preserves derived equivalence. For any closed subset Y ⊆ X, we construct a strongly exceptional collection in Db (X) and use it to show an equivalence Db (X) ≃ Db (A) for a finite dimensional algebra A (depending on Y). We give conditions on X and Y under which A becomes an incidence algebra of a poset. We deduce that a lexicographic sum of a collection of posets along a bipartite graph S is derived equivalent to the lexicographic sum of the same collection along the opposite Sop. This construction produces many new derived equivalences of posets and generalizes other well-known ones. As a corollary we show that the derived equivalence class of an ordinal sum of two posets does not depend on the order of summands. We give an example that this is not true for three summands.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-451
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Pure and Applied Algebra
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Algebra and Number Theory


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