Event № 346
It is well known that uniform spaces are inverse limits of pseudo-metric and, dually, that coarse spaces are direct limits of infinity-metric spaces. Usually, if, for example, a uniform space has some really nice covering property, then one can expect each of the metric spaces in the inverse approximation to also have that property. The dual statement for coarse spaces is also true. In a strong sense, both uniform spaces and coarse spaces are just special cases of groupoids. In a joint project with Joav Orovitz, we are employing an inverse approximation technique to topological groupoids that generalizes both of the above cases and we apply our metric approximations to extend the classical disintegration theorem of groupoid representations of John Renault. I plan on giving an overview of how the approximations work and how we use them in our proof of the aforementioned theorem.