It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a local system on a connected topological manifold is completely determined by its attached monodromy representation of the fundamental group. Similarly, lisse ℓ-adic sheaves on a connected variety determine and are determined by representations of the profinite étale fundamental group. Now if one wants to classify constructible sheaves by representations in a similar manner, new invariants arise. In the topological category, this is the exit path category of Robert MacPherson (and its elaborations by David Treumann and Jacob Lurie), and since these paths do not ‘run around once’ but ‘run out’, we coined the term exodromy representation. In the algebraic category, we define a profinite ∞-category – the étale fundamental ∞-category – whose representations determine and are determined by constructible (étale) sheaves. We describe the étale fundamental ∞-category and its connection to ramification theory, and we summarise joint work with Saul Glasman and Peter Haine.
- Topology Seminar