Mackey(also Green and Tambara) functors and Greenlees-May - MathOverflow most recent 30 from http://mathoverflow.net 2013-05-23T00:41:23Z http://mathoverflow.net/feeds/question/107491 http://www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.5/rdf http://mathoverflow.net/questions/107491/mackeyalso-green-and-tambara-functors-and-greenlees-may Mackey(also Green and Tambara) functors and Greenlees-May confusedmath 2012-09-18T17:02:55Z 2012-09-19T12:32:10Z <p>This is somewhat related to a question that I asked on Math.SE but, sadly, received no response. I apologize ahead of time if this is not appropriate for MO. Feel free to vote to close if this is the case.</p> <p>I really have two (distinct) questions. The first is regarding a paper by Greenlees and May and the second is more of a "big-picture" question with no explicit relationship to their paper.</p> <p>Let $G$ be a finite group.</p> <p>In their paper <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=5&amp;cad=rja&amp;ved=0CEUQFjAE&amp;url=http://www.ams.org/proc/1992-115-01/S0002-9939-1992-1076574-2/S0002-9939-1992-1076574-2.pdf&amp;ei=ZaVSUPP5M4f28wT15IC4DQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNFuJ21qi2OIXYT18tuVtjnzDoxFeg&amp;sig2=PhtFfjAqaoK5ytWaVyeJvw" rel="nofollow">Some Remarks On the Structure of Mackey functors</a> , Greenlees and May define the functor:</p> <p>$R: GMod \rightarrow M[G]$ where $GMod$ is the category of finite left $G$-modules and $M[G]$ is the category of $G$ Mackey functors by:</p> <p>$RV(G/H) = V^H$ where $V$ is a $G$ module and $V^H$ is the $H$ fixed point set of $V$.</p> <p>In their main theorem(Thm. 12) they consider the map $\eta: M \rightarrow RM(G/H_{j,k})$.</p> <p>Question 1: In Theorem 12, why are $coker(\eta)$ and $ker(\eta)$ in $\mathcal{A}$? Unfortunately I don't see how this clearly follows from the induction hypothesis at the moment.</p> <p>Question 2: In general, What are some examples of added benefits (aside from additional structure) that one obtains when it is known that you have a Green or Tambara functor rather than just a Mackey functor?</p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/107491/mackeyalso-green-and-tambara-functors-and-greenlees-may/107506#107506 Answer by Peter May for Mackey(also Green and Tambara) functors and Greenlees-May Peter May 2012-09-18T20:36:19Z 2012-09-18T20:36:19Z <p>I thank you for the careful reading and apologize for the concision. This is a downwards induction on the size of subgroups. Using the explicit description of the $RV$ given top of page 239 and the conventions recalled at the bottom of page 240, we arrived at the description of the relevant $RV$ given just below Prop. 7. The map $\eta$ is the identity on $M(G/H_{j,k})$ and since $M(G/H_{j',k'}) = 0$ for $j'&lt; j$ and for $j'=j$ and $k'&lt; k$, the same is true of $RM(G/H_{j,k})$. Therefore $Ker(\eta)$ and $Coker(\eta)$ can only be non-zero on $G/H_{j',k'}$ where $j'>j$ or $j'=j$ and $k'>k$ and hence they are in $\mathcal{A}$ by the induction hypothesis. </p> <p>For the second question, I see no obvious relationship between our additive description of Mackey functors and any multiplicative structure that might be present. Anything anyone can say about that would be welcome. I've not thought hard about the question.</p> http://mathoverflow.net/questions/107491/mackeyalso-green-and-tambara-functors-and-greenlees-may/107557#107557 Answer by Peter May for Mackey(also Green and Tambara) functors and Greenlees-May Peter May 2012-09-19T12:32:10Z 2012-09-19T12:32:10Z <p>That is not what one expects from analogy with simpler structures. It would be of interest is to compute the box product'' $RV\Box RW$ in terms of the additive description of Mackey functors that Greenlees and I gave. The point is that a Green functor $M$ is specified by a product $M\Box M \to M$. The calculation should not be hard in the simplest cases (cyclic groups of prime order say), and as far as I know has not been done. </p>