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Simplicial complexes with lattice structures

Abstract

© 2017, Mathematical Sciences Publishers. All rights reserved. If L is a finite lattice, we show that there is a natural topological lattice structure on the geometric realization of its order complex Δ(L) (definition recalled below). Lattice-theoretically, the resulting object is a subdirect product of copies of L. We note properties of this construction and of some variants, and pose several questions. For M3the 5–element nondistributive modular lattice, Δ(M3) is modular, but its underlying topological space does not admit a structure of distributive lattice, answering a question of Walter Taylor. We also describe a construction of “stitching together” a family of lattices along a common chain, and note how Δ(M3) can be regarded as an example of this construction.

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