Sheaf of infinitely differentiable functions

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This article describes a sheaf on a manifold (the manifold may possess some additional structure in terms of which the sheaf is defined)
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Let M be a differential manifold. The sheaf of infinitely differentiable functions of M is defined as follows:

  • To every open set, we associate the ring of all infinitely differentiable functions (C^\infty-functions) from that open set to the real numbers (the ring structure arises from pointwise operations)
  • The restriction map is simply function restriction

In fact, a differential manifold is completely characterized by its sheaf of infinitely differentiable functions. In other words, given a topological manifold and the sheaf of differentiable functions arising from some choice of differential structure on it, the differential manifold structure can be recovered from the sheaf.

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The sheaf defined here is a soft sheaf: it has the property that any section on a closed subset that extends to a section on an open subset containing it, can in fact extend to a section on the whole space
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The sheaf of infinitely differentiable functions on any differential manifold is a soft sheaf; in other words, given a differentiable function in an open neighbourhood of a closed subset, there is a differentiable function on the whole manifold whose germ on the closed subset is the same as that of the function on the open neighbourhood.

Template:Non-Hausdorff etale

The etale space associated to the sheaf of infinitely differentiable function on a manifold is not a Hausdorff space. This is a consequence of the fact that for any point x \in M, there exists an infinitely differentiable function f on a neighbourhood U of x such that:

  • f does not have the same germ as the zero function, at the point x
  • For any open set V containing x, there exists a nonempty open set W contained in V such that f is identically zero on W

The Hausdorffization of the sheaf looks locally like the sheaf of real-analytic functions (though there may be no global interpretation of this if the manifold does not have a real-analytic structure).