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sphere bundles over spheres

Localized at an odd prime there is a space $B_k$ which sits in a fibration $S^{2k+2p-3}\rightarrow B_k \rightarrow S^{2k-1}$ and has homology $H_{\ast}(B_k;\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})\cong ...
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Possible homotopy-theoretical approach to Gauss-Bonnet

Consider a vector bundle $V\to E\to X$ with fiber $V$, with structure group $G$, and $X$ path-connected. Consider a connection $\nabla$ on $E$. Then for any loop $L$ in $X$, based at $p$, we have a ...
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Infinite loop of a p-completed specta vs p-completion of infinite loop of the spectra

Assume that we have a connective spectrum $X$, and denote the $p$-completion of this spectrum in the sense of Bousfield by $X^{\wedge}_p$ (which is given by the function spectrum ...
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Are there models for homotopy colimits and limits of simplicial sets that generalize Kan's suspension and loop functors?

Consider the category C of pointed simplicial sets. The pair of functors X∈C↦X∧S¹∈C and Y∈C↦Map(S¹,Y)∈C models the suspension and loop functors on the underlying ∞-category of C. There is another ...
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Does the holonomy map define a homomorphism $\pi_k(X)\to\pi_{k-1}(Hol(\nabla))$?

Consider a vector bundle $V\to E\to X$ with fiber $V$, with structure group $G$, and $X$ path-connected. Consider a connection $\nabla$ on $E$. Then for any loop $L$ in $X$, based at $p$, we have a ...
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Reducing the simplices in the nerve of a category with an object with trivial endomorphism monoid

Let $C$ be a category with an object $X$ such that there are no non-trivial endomorphisms $X\rightarrow X$. Consider a simplex $\sigma$ of the nerve $NC$ of $C$. It is just a string of composable ...
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Homotopy of localisations of colimits

Let $X_k$ be a family of spectra equipped with maps $f_k: X_k \to X_{k+1}$. If $Y$ is a compact object (such as a sphere), then I can compute homotopy classes of maps from $Y$ into the homotopy ...
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Is a 'join' of two cofibrations a cofibration?

I have encountered with following problem while I was learning homotopy theory. Let $A\rightarrow X$ and $B\rightarrow Y$ are cofibrations (in a good category). Is it true that a map $A\times ...
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Topological fundamental group of spec(R)

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with identity. Assume that $X = Spec(R)$ with the Zariski topology. When is this space path connected? And also we want to know the topological fundamental group of ...
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Computing the fundamental group of a flag variety

Let $G$ be a compact and connected and simply connected Lie group and $\mathfrak{g}$ be its Lie algebra and $x\in\mathfrak{g}^*$. How can we compute the fundamental group of $G/G_x$ where $G_x$ is ...
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Problem on infinite dimensional metric space, with rigidity assumption

By inspiring from this answer of S. Ivanov, here is a specialization with a rigidity assumption. Let $(X_{n},d_{n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence of complete geodesic metric spaces verifying : ...
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Adams' theorems on the Hopf-Whitehead J-homomorphism

The J-homomorphism is a well-known and classical map $\pi_n (O(k)) \to \pi_{n+k} (S^k)$, or after stabilizing with respect to $k$, a map $J_n:\pi_n (O) \to \pi_{n}^{st}$, from the stable homotopy of ...
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origin of spectral sequences in algebraic topology

I have the following somewhat vague question. I am not sure if it is appropriate for this forum, please feel free to close (or migrate to stackexchange). I have been "brought up" as an algebraic ...
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Reference Request: Compact manifolds with boundary have the homotopy type of a CW-complex

Let $M$ be a compact manifold (possibly non-smooth) manifold with boundary $\partial M$. Is the inclusion $\partial M\hookrightarrow M$ homotopy equivalent to the inclusion of a subcomplex into a ...
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What's the relationship between B Aut(G) and B Aut(BG) for a (discrete) group G?

(Some of the notational choices I"m about to make might be iffy; I'm happy to take suggestions for improvements.) Let $G$ be a (discrete) group. Think of it as an object in the $2$-category of small ...
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Equivariant homotopy, simplicially

It is a classic result of Kan that the homotopy categories (with appropriate model structures) of simplicial sets and of topological spaces (in fact, one could only care about CW-complexes) are ...
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Stable moduli interpretation of $\mathbb{R}\mathrm{P}^\infty_{-1}$

I attended a talk recently which closed with the following tantalizing facts: there is a naturally occurring map of spectra $$K(\mathbb{S}) \to \Sigma \mathbb{C}\mathrm{P}^\infty_{-1},$$ which can be ...
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Is there an analog of Sperner's lemma for the Hopf invariant?

Recall that Sperner's lemma is essentially a combinatorial version of the topological statement "A map from $S^n$ to $S^n$ with degree one cannot be nullhomotopic." My question is, does there exist ...
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Homotopy category of groupoids

The nlab Ho(Cat) page says: morphisms in the homotopy category of groupoids $Ho(Gpd)$, have two equivalent description: iso-classes of functors. formally invert equivalence functors (i.e. ...
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Sullivan's $H$-space equivalence between $G/PL[1/2]$ and $BO[1/2]$

There is a theorem by Sullivan of the following form: Theorem: There is an equivalence of $H$-spaces $$ G/PL[\tfrac{1}{2}] \simeq BO_{\otimes}[ \tfrac{1}{2} ]\ . $$ It can be found for example ...
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What are simplicial topological spaces intuitively?

(This is a repost of a question from MSE. I hope there is more to say.) I tend to imagine simplicial objects in a category as some kind of "topological objects", with a notion of homotopy. Simplicial ...
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Massey product in Dual Steenrod Algebra

Let $\tau_0$ be the element of dual Steenrod algebra $A_p^{*}$ at a prime $p$ which is dual to Bockstein $\beta \in A_p$. It is well known $\tau_0^2 =0$. Is it true/known that the elemnet $\xi_1$ ...
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Why should I care about topological modular forms?

There seems to be a lot of recent activity concerning topological modular forms (TMF), which I gather is an extraordinary cohomology theory constructed from the classical theory of modular forms on ...
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Homotopy groups of filtered homotopy limits

Let $X$ be the homotopy limit of a filtered system of simplicial sets $X_i$. When are the morphisms $\pi_j(X)\to \varprojlim \pi_j(X_i)$ surjective for all $j\ge 0$? This seems to be no problem when ...
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What are the Čech-local equivalences of (simplicial pre)sheaves?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be small category and let $J$ be a Grothendieck topology on $\mathcal{C}$. The Čech model structure on $[\mathcal{C}^\mathrm{op}, \mathbf{sSet}]$ is defined to be the left Bousfield ...
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Homotopy versus path-homotopy on punctured surface

I have some problems with homotopies. The situation is this: Let $X$ be a surface, which is homeomorphic to a 2-Sphere with a finite number (at least 3) of points removed (equivalently, an open ...
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What is the “higher version” of chain homotopy in singular homology?

In basic algebraic topology, we know the following well-known chain homotopy theorem: Let $X$ be a topological space and $I=[0,1]$ be the unit interval. Let $S_*(X)$ and $S_*(X\times I)$ be the ...
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About maps inducing bijections on homotopy classes

Let us assume that $f:X \to Y$ is a map of connected CW complexes, having the following property: if $K$ is a finite CW complex, then the induced map $f_{\ast}:[K,X] \to [K,Y]$ on \emph{free} homotopy ...
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Weak equivalences of left Bousfield localizations

Suppose C is a complete and cocomplete category with two model structures (C0,F0,W0) and (C1,F1,W1) such that C0⊃C1, F0⊂F1, W0⊂W1. If necessary, the model structures can be assumed to be simplicial, ...
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Factorization of morphisms in a diagram category

Let us suppose that $I$ is a small category and $\mathcal{E}$ a combinatorial model category. Then there exists two Quillen equivalent combinatorial model category structures on the diagram category ...
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Distinct manifolds with the same configuration spaces?

For a space $X$, let $C_k X$ denote the space of configurations of $k$ distinct unordered points in $X$. What is an example of a pair of smooth manifolds $M$ and $N$ that are not homeomorphic but ...
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Is there a good way to understand the free loop space of a sphere?

I'd like to understand the structure of the free loop space of $S^n$ for small values of $n$. Here "understand" means roughly that I'd like to know a CW complex with the same homotopy type. I ...
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Does compactly supported cohomology make sense for cosimplicial spaces?

As far as I understand, whenever one has something (co)simplicial in spaces, one should take a sort of diagonal to reduce the study to a single space. I'm never sure though whether one preserves only ...
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Exponentiation in finite simplicial sets

A finite simplicial set is a simplicial set having only a finite number of non degenerate simplicies. My question is: if $A$ and $B$ are finite simplicial sets, does this imply that the simplicial set ...
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Is every connected space equivalent to some B(Aut(X))?

Given a connected space $B$, is there always some space $X$ with $B \simeq \mathbf{B}(\mathrm{Aut}(X))$? Here by space I mean simplicial set, by $\mathrm{Aut}(X)$ I mean the simplicial monoid of ...
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Why not a Roadmap for Homotopy Theory and Spectra?

MO has seen plenty of roadmap questions but oddly enough I haven't seen one for homotopy theory. As an algebraic geometer who's fond of derived categories I would like some guidance on how to build up ...
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chain complexes and homotopy limits

Let $\mathbf{Ch}$ be the category of unbounded chain complexes (with the standard model structure ). The differential increases the degree $d_{n}:M_{n}\rightarrow M_{n+1}$. Consider the full ...
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Finite spectrum annihilated by multiplication by two

Let $X$ be a finite spectrum. Say that $X$ has characteristic two if multiplication by two on $X$ is nullhomotopic. Does there exist a noncontractible finite spectrum of characteristic two? (This ...
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Yoneda embeddings of stable model categories; composition with Bousfield localizations

For a stable model category $C$ and a set $M$ of object of it I would like to construct a natural functor from $C$ to some stable 'category of functors' on $M$. I suspect that the 'natural' question ...
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Maps between classifying spaces

Let $G$ be a discrete group and let $BG \simeq K(G,1)$ be its classifying space. Let $H$ be a topological group with classifying space $BH$. In case $H$ is also discrete, it was pointed out in the ...
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Homotopy theory of acyclic categories

Homotopy theory of category of posets is well-developed and explained in various places. My interest is in acyclic categories. Recall that in acyclic categories only invertible morphisms are the ...
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The spectral sequence of a tower of principal fibrations

Assume we have a tower of fibrations (of simplicial sets, let's say): $$\cdots\rightarrow X_{n+1}\rightarrow X_n\rightarrow\cdots\rightarrow X_0.$$ Let $X=\lim_nX_n$ be the (homotopy) inverse limit. ...
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Homotopy unites of a differential graded algebra

I apologize in advance if the question is too basic. Let $A$ be a differential graded algebra and $H^{0}A$ the 0-cohomology of $A$ (which is an ordinary ring) and $A^0$ is the 0-level of $ A$ . An ...
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can we say fixed point existance of a set valued map over a compact set is homotopy invariant?

Consider two set valued maps over different compact sets as $F(\mathbf{x}):D\rightarrow\rightarrow D$, $G(\mathbf{x}):E\rightarrow\rightarrow E$ where $D,R\subset Y$. Assume there is a homotopy pair ...
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What interesting homotopy invariants can I write down using the universal property of homotopy types?

I've recently been led to believe some version of the following statement: Weak homotopy types, or equivalently $\infty$-groupoids (let me not commit myself to a particular model of these), are ...
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Must the union of these two aspherical spaces be aspherical?

Let $X$ be a reasonably nice topological space (say, a connected CW complex), and let $Y$ and $Z$ be reasonably nice connected subspaces of $X$ such that $X = Y \cup Z$. Suppose that $Y$, $Z$, and ...
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What does it mean for the $\Pi_\infty$ groupoid to be fully fibrant?

The original question I had was: If I have a sequence of simplicial spaces $$A\to B\to C$$ which is degree-wise a homotopy fibration, under which conditions is the geometric ...
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Finite homotopy limits commute with sequential homotopy colimits

I would like to know for what kind of model category finite homotopy limits commute with sequential homotopy colimits. Would cofibrantly generated and finitely locally presentable be enough? It seems ...
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Homotopy groups of an infinite wedge of 2-spheres

I know Hilton's result about a finite wedge of spheres, and I know that certain homotopy groups (such as the third homotopy group) can be directly calculated for an infinite wedge too. My question is ...
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Topological Hochschild cohomology?

Let $A$ be a $E_\infty$-ring spectrum. By EKMM, it may be treated as a commutative algebra in the appropriate category. In particular, one may define topological Hochschild homology as ...