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Representations of the Fundamental Group

  1. Jun 17, 2009 #1
    This is not important, but it's been bugging me for a while.
    I'm struggling to see how the locally constant sheaves of vector spaces on X give rise to representations of the fundamental group of X.

    The approach I've been thinking of is the following. Given a locally constant sheaf F on X, the associated topological space |F| is a covering space for X. Thus, given a loop [tex]\gamma[/tex] in X with base point x and a point y in [tex]F_x[/tex] we can lift to a uniqe curve [tex]\gamma'[/tex] in |F| with initial point y. Setting [tex]\gamma\cdot y=\gamma'(1)[/tex] we obtain an action of [tex]\pi(X,x)[/tex] on [tex]F_x[/tex] which is called the monodromy action. [tex]F_x[/tex] is a vector space, but I don't see how we know that the map [tex]y\mapsto\gamma\cdot y[/tex] is linear.
    Or possibly this is not the right approach?

    Any help is greatly appreciated - O
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  3. Jun 17, 2009 #2


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    You have to use the fact that you're working in a sheaf of vector spaces, not just a sheaf of sets where you've put a vector space structure on one of the fibers.
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