# Tagged Questions

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### “topological” Ochanine genus?

The Witten genus has famously been lifted to the string orientation of tmf ("topological Witten genus"). For the Ochanine genus I am aware of a lift to a "spin orientation of Tate K-theory", namely to ...

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### Truncations of E_infinity algebras

In section 4.1 of Lurie's DAG VIII, he implies the existence of an $E_\infty$-ring spectrum $A$ such that the coconnective truncation $\tau_{\leq 0} (A)$ does not admit the structure of an ...

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### What is to tmf as KR is to KO?

The $E_\infty$-ring spectrum $KU$ of complex K-theory carries a canonical involution induced from complex conjugation of complex vector bundles. The homotopy fixed points of this $\mathbb{Z}_2$-action ...

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### Units of a ring spectrum

Is there a good notion of the spectrum of units $R^\ast$ in a (possibly non-connective) $E_\infty$-ring spectrum $R$?
A standard definition (see section 1.2 in http://arxiv.org/abs/0810.4535) seems ...

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### Are these two notions of “dualizable” spectra equivalent?

A spectrum $X$ is dualizable if the natural map $$Map(X,\mathbb S) \wedge X \rightarrow Map(X,X)$$ is an equivalence of spectra. This is equivalent to having evaluation and coevaluation maps in the ...

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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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### localizing subcategories of $HF_p$-local spectra

This entire question takes place in the $HF_p$-local category of $p$-local spectra, i.e. the essential image of $HF_p$-localization on the stable homotopy category. $HF_p$ itself is in there, and of ...

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### Double coset formulas for Orthogonal groups [Solved]

According to Madsen-Brumfiel "Evaluation of the Transfer and the Universal Surgery Classes" Inventiones mathematicae 32 (1976): 133-170 Theorem 3.11, we can compute
the composition
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### Is there a $K(0)$-local Rezk logarithm?

If $R$ is a $K(n)$-local $E_\infty$-algebra, then a construction of Rezk gives a natural transformation
$$ \mathfrak{gl}_1(R) \to R,$$
by using the equivalence (arising from the Bousfield-Kuhn ...

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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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### Must a weak homotopy equivalence induce an isomorphism between stable homotopy groups?

I'm confused by the following question:
$f:X\to Y$ is a weak homotopy equivalence, that is $f_*:\pi_*(X)\to \pi_*(Y)$ is an isomorphism for any dimensional homotopy groups. However, for the stable ...

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### The first element in the stable homotopy of a $K(\mathbb{Z}/2, n)$

The first element in the stable homotopy groups of a $K(\mathbb{Z}/2, n)$ (which is outside the range of the Freudenthal suspension theorem) is $\pi_{2n} K(\mathbb{Z}/2, n) \simeq \mathbb{Z}/2$. In ...

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### Fields in Stable Homotopy Theory

It is known that the only "fields" in stable homotopy theory, after localizing at a prime $p$, are Eilenberg-Mac Lane spectra for fields and the Morava K-theories (this is true in a few senses: these ...

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### Formal n-buds from BU(n) rather than SU(n)

It's known, from Ravenel's green book, as well as other sources, that we build formal group laws over a ring from n-buds, where an n-bud is essentially a truncated formal group law (sometimes called a ...

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### Category of motivic spectra

When the survey Axiomatic Stable Homotopy, Neil Strickland, 2004 was written the category of motivic spectra was not investigated from the point of view of axiomatic stable homotopy, as considered ...

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### Are finite (levelwise) homotopy limits of spectra homotopy invariant?

I found an easy proof that the (levelwise) homotopy limit of a pointwise equivalence of finite diagrams of orthogonal spectra is an equivalence, without assuming that the spectra in the diagrams are ...

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### On triangulated categories of pro-objects

Which term is used for model categories whose homotopy categories are triangulated? Stable proper model categories?
I want $Ho(Pro-M)$ to be triangulated ($Pro-M$ is the category of pro-objects of M) ...

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### Toda brackets and factorisation of a sequence of spectra

I've found a paper of Spanier's (Higher Order Operations) where he uses the theory of "carriers" to study $n$-th order operations. The set-up is rather general; for example a particular case defines ...

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### Construction of Thom-Spectrum for G_2-Structures

The motivation to this question is the paper of Crowley and NordstrÃ¸m "A New Invariant of $G_2$-Structures". I am trying to find a homotopy theoretic interpretation of the following geometric ...

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### The cell structure of Thom spectra

I would like to understand the cell structure of integrally oriented Thom spectra. A Thom spectrum over a space $X$ is something you can build from a stable spherical bundle, which is classified by a ...

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### Open Problems in Algebraic Topology and Homotopy Theory

Some time ago (I see it was initially written before 1999?) Mark Hovey assembled a list of open problems in algebraic topology. The list can be found here. Some of the problems I know about have been ...

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### Homotopy limit-colimit diagrams in stable model categories

It is shown in Remark 7.1.12 of (a newer version of) Mark Hovey's book Model Categories that, in a stable model category, homotopy pullback squares coincide with homotopy pushout squares. The argument ...

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### Fibrations of orthogonal G-spectra and fixed points

There are at least two fixed point functors that characterize stable equivalences of orthogonal G-spectra: the geometric fixed points and the naive fixed points of a fibrant replacement.
Is this true ...

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### Thom isomorphism's effect on module structure of n-oriented spectra

This question is specifically related to the spectra $X(n)$ used in Devinatz, Hopkins and Smith's proof of the nilpotence conjectures, but any general answer in terms of the Thom isomorphism would ...

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### Does the signature admit a homotopy coherent refinement?

Cobordism genera can often be refined to $E_\infty$-orientations in the sense of Ando-Blumberg-Gepner-Hopkins-Rezk:
1) the mod 2 Euler characteristic $MO\to H\mathbb{F}_2$;
2) the $\widehat A$-genus ...

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### Are Thom spectra MU, MSO and K-theory spectra KU, KO modules over some truncations of the sphere spectrum?

The Thom spectrum MO is a module over the ring spectrum Ï€â‰¤0S=HZ, where S is the sphere spectrum.
In particular, MO is equivalent to the Eilenberg-MacLane spectrum HÏ€*(MO).
On the other hand, MU and ...

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### Mayer-Vietoris Sequence for Arbitrary Bicartesian Square of Spectra

Can anyone tell me if there is a Mayer-Vietoris sequence for an arbitrary homotopy pushout (hence homotopy pullback) of spectra and an arbitrary (co)homology theory. If this comes from some easy way ...

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### How to see the quaternionic hopf map generates the stable 3-stem?

I am looking for a direct proof that the quaternionic hopf map generates (after suspension) the 3rd stable homotopy group of spheres. There are some related MO questions, for example:
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### Filtration on Smash Product of Cofibers

I have seen some similar questions to this one on here recently, so I hope this isn't redundant. Basically, suppose I have two cofiber sequences of spectra (or perhaps just work in some general ...

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### In the cohomology of Thom spectrum over LoopS^{2} and p-adic characteristic classes

Let $T$ denote the thom spectrum over $\Omega S^{2}$ defined by the map
$1+3: \Omega S^{2} \to BG_{3}$
where $1 +3$ is a unit in $3$-adics.
Here $G_{3}$ is the unit component of ...

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### Connection between complex orientations and R-orientations for a ring spectrum R?

We have a well defined notion of complex orientation for a spectrum (coh. theory) $E$, that is, we have a class $x_E\in \tilde{E}^2(\mathbb{C}P^\infty)$ which restricts to identity along the inclusion ...

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### Adams-Novikov spectral sequence at p = 2

Does anyone know of any computer calculations of the E2-term of the Adams-Novikov spectral sequence at p=2?
I'd love to get my hands on this data.

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### Computation of [ HZ/4, HZ/4]

I am trying to compute $ [\mathbb{HZ}/4,\mathbb{HZ}/4 ]$ the mod 4 Steenrod Algebra. For some reason, I need to work it out till dimension 6 or so. My approach is to use the cofiber sequence
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### What is a simplicial commutative ring from the point of view of homotopy theory?

Let $k$ be a field. There are two natural categories to consider:
The category of simplicial commutative $k$-algebras.
The category of connective $E_\infty$ $k$-algebras (i.e., chain complexes of ...

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### Are spectra really the same as cohomology theories?

Let $E \to F$ be a morphism of cohomology theories defined on finite CW complexes. Then by Brown representability, $E, F$ are represented by spectra, and the map $E \to F$ comes from a map of spectra. ...

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### Are filtered colimits of weak-equivalences of spectra again weak-equivalences?

Hi, I have a question on weak-equivalences of spectra.
More precisely, I wonder whether filtered colimits of weak-equivalences of spectra are again weak-equivalences of spectra. Here, spectra are in ...

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### Connection of X(n) spectra to formal group laws

In the proof of the Nilpotence Theorem, or at least in Ravenel's account of it in his Orange Book, a sequence of spectra are used, denoted $X(n)$ with $X(0)=\mathbb{S}$ and and $X(\infty)=MU$ such ...

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### Smashing localizations in the category of spectra

Let $E$ be a spectrum. Then $E$ determines an idempotent localization functor $L_E: \mathrm{Sp} \to \mathrm{Sp}$ sending each spectrum to its $E$-localization.
The functor $L_E$ generally does not ...

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### Computation of stable homotopy groups of $RP^2$

I would like to compute the first few stable homotopy groups of $RP^2$.
I first thought to use the Atiyah-Hirzebruch Spectral Sequence, (see Davis & Kirk, pg. 242). Here is what I computed for ...

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### If a t-truncation of the unit object in a stable homotopy category is a ring object up to homotopy, can it be lifted to a ring spectrum? What about the Postnikov t-truncations of the sphere spectrum?

Let $S$ be the unit object in a monoidal stable homotopy category $SH$ (we demand that the multiplication $S\times S\to S$ is commutative and associative on the level of spectra, and not just up to ...

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### Interesting examples of a 4-torsion X in a triangulated category such that $2 End(X/2X)\neq 0$?

It is well-known that for the sphere spectrum $S$ in the ('topological') stable homotopy category the object $S/2S$ i.e. the cone of $S\stackrel{\times 2}{\to}S$, is not $2$-torsion.
So I wonder ...

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### Lambda-operations on stable homotopy groups of spheres

The Barratt-Quillen-Priddy theorem says in one interpretation that there is a weak equivalence of spectra $K(FinSet) \simeq \mathbb{S}^0$. In other words K-theory groups of finite sets are the stable ...

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### Is a wedge of spheres an $E_\infty$ ring spectrum?

The wedge sum $\bigvee_{k \in 2 \mathbb{Z}} S^{k}$ is an $A_\infty$-ring spectrum: the connective cover is the free $A_\infty$-ring on the sphere $S^2$, if I'm not mistaken, and then one inverts the ...

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### On the natural (bigraded) homotopy groups of a simplicial object in a model category

$\def\mc{\mathcal} \def\sm{\wedge}$
This question stems from the Goerss-Hopkins paper Moduli Problems for Structured Ring Spectra. Let me begin by attempting to summarize the relevant framework -- ...

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### K(r)-localization and monochromatic layers in the chromatic spectral sequence

While preparing some lecture notes, I had a basic point of confusion come up that I haven't been able to settle.
The $BP$-Adams spectral sequence (or $p$-local Adams-Novikov spectral sequence) for ...

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### Homotopy groups and homology groups for the $H\mathbb Z$ module-dg module correspondence.

In Shipley's paper http://arxiv.org/abs/math/0209215 she proves a Quillen equivalence between the category of $H\mathbb Z$-modules and dg $\mathbb Z$-modules. So, to a chain complex $C$, she assigns a ...

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### Image of J in the classical Adams Spectral Sequence

Hey all,
I know that in some versions of the Adams Spectral Sequence you can easily identify the image of $J$, and I was wondering if there was a way to identify the image of $J$ in the $E_2$ page of ...

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### Finiteness of stable homotopy groups of spheres

Since the work of Serre in the early 50's on homotopy groups of spheres, it is known that the homotopy group $\pi_k(S^n)$ is finite, except when $k=n$ (in which case the group is $\mathbb{Z}$), or ...

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### Cohomology theory associated to the spectrum BG

Hi, I've recently been interested in Stable Homotopy Theory and was reading this text to understand some basics: http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~aar/papers/carlmilg.pdf
Near the end of the text (p582) we ...

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### Reference on the question mark cell complex

The question mark complex is a finite spectrum whose cohomology looks like a "question mark" (when drawn as a module over the Steenrod algebra): that is, there is an element in dimension zero $a_0$, ...