Butterflies II: Torsors for 2-group stacks

  • Aldrovandi E
  • Noohi B
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We study torsors over 2-groups and their morphisms. In particular, we study the first non-abelian cohomology group with values in a 2-group. Butterfly diagrams encode morphisms of 2-groups and we employ them to examine the functorial behavior of non-abelian cohomology under change of coefficients. We re-interpret the first non-abelian cohomology with coefficients in a 2-group in terms of gerbes bound by a crossed module. Our main result is to provide a geometric version of the change of coefficients map by lifting a gerbe along the "fraction" (weak morphism) determined by a butterfly. As a practical byproduct, we show how butterflies can be used to obtain explicit maps at the cocycle level. In addition, we discuss various commutativity conditions on cohomology induced by various degrees of commutativity on the coefficient 2-groups, as well as specific features pertaining to group extensions. © 2010 Elsevier Inc.

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  • 2-group
  • Butterflies
  • Crossed module
  • Gerbes
  • Gr-stack
  • Non-abelian cohomology
  • Torsors

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  • Ettore Aldrovandi

  • Behrang Noohi

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