I am glad to announce the first version of our joint work with Riccardo Zanfa on relative toposes:
Relative topos theory via stacks
Here is the abstract:
We introduce new foundations for relative topos theory based on stacks. One of the central results in our theory is an adjunction between the category of toposes over the topos of sheaves on a given site (C,J) and that of C-indexed categories. This represents a wide generalization of the classical adjunction between presheaves on a topological space and bundles over it, and allows one to interpret several constructions on sheaves and stacks in a geometrical way; in particular, it leads to fibrational descriptions of direct and inverse images of sheaves and stacks, as well as to a geometric understanding of the sheafification process. It also naturally allows one to regard any Grothendieck topos as a ‘petit’ topos associated with a ‘gros’ topos, thereby providing an answer to a problem posed by Grothendieck in the seventies. Another key ingredient in our theory is a notion of relative site, which allows one to represent arbitrary geometric morphisms towards a fixed base topos of sheaves on a site as structure morphisms induced by relative sites over that site.
We shall progressively release expanded versions of this text contaning new developments in the directions sketched in the introduction.
This work has been recently presented at the conference Toposes online:
The following video focuses on the specialization of the fundamental adjunction in the setting of presheaves (or discrete fibrations):