Annales Henri Poincaré

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 3053–3088 | Cite as

Tiling Deformations, Cohomology, and Orbit Equivalence of Tiling Spaces

  • Antoine Julien
  • Lorenzo Sadun


We study homeomorphisms of minimal and uniquely ergodic tiling spaces with finite local complexity (FLC), of which suspensions of (minimal and uniquely ergodic) d-dimensional subshifts are an example, and orbit equivalence of tiling spaces with (possibly) infinite local complexity (ILC). In the FLC case, we construct a cohomological invariant of homeomorphisms and show that all homeomorphisms are a combination of tiling deformations, maps homotopic to the identity (known as quasi-translations), and local equivalences (MLD). In the ILC case, we construct a cohomological invariant in the so-called weak cohomology and show that all orbit equivalences are combinations of tiling deformations, quasi-translations, and topological conjugacies. These generalize results of Parry and Sullivan to higher dimensions. We also show that homeomorphisms (FLC) or orbit equivalences (ILC) are completely parametrized by the appropriate cohomological invariants. Finally, we show that, under suitable cohomological conditions, continuous maps between tiling spaces are homotopic to compositions of tiling deformations and either local derivations (FLC) or factor maps (ILC).


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Work of the second author is partially supported by NSF Grant DMS-1101326. We thank Johannes Kellendonk and Christian Skau for helpful discussions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nord UniversityLevangerNorway
  2. 2.Department of MathematicsUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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