Orientation sheaf

In algebraic topology, the orientation sheaf on a manifold X of dimension n is a locally constant sheaf oX on X such that the stalk of oX at a point x is

(in the integer coefficients or some other coefficients).

Let be the sheaf of differential k-forms on a manifold M. If n is the dimension of M, then the sheaf

is called the sheaf of (smooth) densities on M. The point of this is that, while one can integrate a differential form only if the manifold is oriented, one can always integrate a density, regardless of orientation or orientability; there is the integration map:

If M is oriented; i.e., the orientation sheaf of the tangent bundle of M is literally trivial, then the above reduces to the usual integration of a differential form.

See also


  • Kashiwara, Masaki; Schapira, Pierre (2002), Sheaves on Manifolds, Berlin: Springer, ISBN 3540518614

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