# Tagged Questions

Homotopy, stable homotopy, homology and cohomology, homotopical algebra.

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### Eilenberg-Mac lane spaces and a generalization

Let $G$ and $H$ be two abelian groups and let $n>1, m>1$ be two different integers. How many different spaces $X$ (up to homotopy) do we have with the property $\pi_{n} X=G$ , $\pi_{m} X=H$ and ...

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### Localized J homomorphism

Let $X$ be a simply connected finite CW complex, $\xi$ and $\eta$ vector bundles over $X$ of the same dimensions and their dimension is big enough, so they are stable bundles. Let $p$ be a prime.
Are ...

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### Decomposition of loop-suspension functor

Let $X$ be a connected pointed CW complex and $Y=\Omega\Sigma X$.
In the case were $X$ is $p$-local then by S-W we have a (homotopy) functorial decomposition $Y\sim A(X)\times B(X)$ where (if I'm ...

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### Does a graded vector space isomorphism between the homology of two loop spaces imply the existence of an algebra isomorphism?

Consider ordinary homology with coefficients in a field. For $X$ a path-connected pointed space, the graded vector space $\bigoplus_{q\ge 0} H_q(\Omega X)$ has the structure of an algebra with the ...

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### Does the de Rham version of Cohen's theorem hold in the $\infty$-setting?

One of the first results that one needs to prove in the theory of chiral algebras is a de Rham version of Cohen's theorem on the homology of $C_n$ spaces. This is achieved in Beilinson-Drinfeld's book ...

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### Associated graded Lie algebra of braid groups

Let $G$ be a group and let $\Gamma_G(k)$ be the $k$th term of the lower central series of $G$. For each $k\geq 1$, set $\mathcal{L}_G(k)=\Gamma_G(k)/\Gamma_G(k+1)$ and ...

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### What is the symmetric monoidal functor from Clifford algebras to invertible K-module spectra?

There ought to be a symmetric monoidal functor from the symmetric monoidal $2$-groupoid whose objects are Morita-invertible real superalgebras (precisely the Clifford algebras), morphisms are ...

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### Nowhere vanishing section of vector bundles over varieties as connectivity of morphism of stacks

The following is, amongst others, a Hartshorne exercise:
Let $V$ be a $k$-variety of dimension $n$ and $\mathcal{E}$ a vector bundle of rank greater than $n$, then, generically, a generating section ...

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### What are the higher homotopy groups of a K3 suface?

All K3 surfaces have the same homotopy type. What are their higher homotopy groups?
I know that $\pi_1$ is trivial, and $\pi_2$ is $\mathbb{Z}^{22}$.
Even if the answer isn't known in all degrees, ...

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### Can monodromy be described by the same matrix for chosen generators in case of the same singularity type?

Let $X$ be a surface in $\mathbb{P}^3$. We have a fibration $f: X \longrightarrow \mathbb{P}^1$, and $f^{-1}(s_1)$ and $f^{-1}(s_2)$ have the same singularity type. Let $\gamma_1$ and $\gamma_2$ be ...

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### $E_{\infty}$ spaces are $A_{\infty}$ spaces

While studying the well-known "Geometry of Iterated Loop Spaces", I found this corollary which is not completely clear to me. (By $\mathcal{M}$ is meant the operad given by $\mathcal{M}(j):=\Sigma_j$, ...

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### semi flat connections

Let $L\to V$ be complex line bundle and $F_{t}:V\to V$, $t\in [0,1]$, be a loop of diffeomorphisms, $F_0=F_1=$ identity.
For every $x\in V$, we get a loop $\gamma_x(t)=\{F_t(x)\}$ whose class in ...

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### Why higher category theory?

This is a soft question.
I am an undergrad and is currently seriously considering the field of math I am going into in grad school. (perhaps a little bit late, but it's better late then never.) I ...

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### Bockstein homomorphism from $H^d(BG,Z_2)$ to $H^{d+1}(BG,Z)$, and Steenrod Square $Sq^1$

The Theorem 1.5 and 1.6 of
Brown, Edgar H., Jr. The cohomology of BSOn and BOn with integer coefficients. Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 85 (1982), no. 2, 283–288.
give a general answer for $H^d(BSO_n,Z)$ ...

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### Abelian covers of compact Kahler manifolds

Let $X$ be a compact Kahler manifold and $A\subset H_1(X,\mathbb{Z})$ be a subgroup.
Corresponding to $A$ there is an abelian covering $X_A \to X$ with $Deck(X_A)=H_1(X,\mathbb{Z})/A$. For example if ...

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### Relations between characteristic classes of a group and the Stiefel-Whitney/Pontryagin classes

Let $X$ be a closed manifold and $BG$ be the classifying space of a group $G$
A map from $X$ to $BG$ induce a map from $H^*(BG,Z)$ to $H^*(X,Z)$ by pull back.
Let $GH^*(X,Z)$ be the subgroup of ...

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### Are there periodicity phenomena in manifold topology with odd period?

The study of $n$-manifolds has some well-known periodicities in $n$ with period a power of $2$:
$n \bmod 2$ is important. Poincaré duality implies that odd-dimensional compact oriented manifolds ...

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### Chiral categories versus braided monoidal categories

Let $X$ be a curve over $\mathbf{C}$. As I understand from the 2008 Talbot notes, a chiral category on $X$ consists of a crystal of categories on the Ran space $\mathrm{Ran}(X)$ (see these notes of ...

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### How to compute $\pi_{3}$ of $L(p,q)\# L(p',q')$?

Let $L(p,q)$ be a 3-dimensional lens space, and let $L(p',q')$ be another. Is there any known result concerning the 3rd homotopy group of the connected sum $L(p,q)\# L(p',q')$? If not, I am interested ...

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### Why is cellularization the fiber of nullification for slice cells?

I'm a bit confused about the nullification functors that come up when constructing the slice tower in HHR.
Let $\mathcal{A}$ be a set of compact objects in the $G$-equivariant stable homotopy ...

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### Elliptic $\infty$-line bundles over $B G$

Theorem 5.2 in Jacob Lurie's "Survey of Elliptic Cohomology" (pdf) states the equivalence of two maps
$$
B G \longrightarrow B \mathrm{GL}_1(A)
$$
for $A$ an $E_\infty$-ring carrying an oriented ...

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### What are the “correct” conventions for defining Clifford algebras?

I have three related questions about conventions for defining Clifford algebras.
1) Let $(V, q)$ be a quadratic vector space. Should the Clifford algebra $\text{Cliff}(V, q)$ have defining ...

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### Existence of certain “nondegenerate” function and manifold topology

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold without boundary, not necessarily compact.
Let $f$ be a real-valued smooth function on $M\times M$. We say $f$ is good if for any point $(x,y)\in M\times M$ with local ...

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### Are there analogs of smooth partitions of unity and good open covers for PL-manifolds?

Smooth partitions of unity and differentiable good open covers are important technical tools in the realm of smooth manifolds.
Are there analogs of these tools for piecewise linear manifolds?
A PL ...

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### generalized Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence from Postnikov truncation

The Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence
\begin{equation*}E^2_{p,q}=H_p(B,h_q(F))\Rightarrow h_{p+q}(E),\end{equation*}
computes the generalized homology $h$ of a total space $E$ of a Serre fibration ...

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### Classifying space of the higher-structure diffeomorphism group

There is a higher extension of the classifying space $B \mathrm{Diff}$ of the diffeomorphism group implicit in the (infinity,n)-category of cobordisms with (X,zeta)-structure ...

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### Which groups are LERF?

A finitely generated group $G$ is called LERF if every finitely generated $H \leq G$ is closed in the profinite topology on $G$ (equivalently, there is a family of finite index subgroups of $G$ ...

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### Reference for a fact (?) on homeomorphic knot complements

Does somebody have a reference (or an argument why it should be true) for the following statement?
“Let $K$ and $K'$ be knots in $S^3$. If there is an orientation-preserving homeomorphism $h : S^3 ...

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### Marshall Hall's theorem for surface groups [closed]

Let $\Gamma_g$ be a surface group of genus $g \geq 2$, that is we have a presentation: $$\Gamma_g = \langle x_1,y_1 \dots, x_g,y_g \vert \prod_{i = 1}^g [x_i,y_i] = 1\rangle$$
Let $H \leq \Gamma_g$ ...

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### Doing some homological algebra in triangulated categories

It's well known that chain complexes are an abelian category, and in particular we can consider chain complexes of chain complexes, i.e. double complexes. Given a double complex $A^{\bullet\bullet} ...

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### Free action of symmetric groups

What type of compact manifolds, can be acted freely by symmetric group $S_{m}$ for some $m>2$?
Is there a compact manifold which can be act freely by all symmetric ...

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### A homological criterion for collapsibility?

On page 256 of Kirby and Siebenmann one finds the following lemma (its proof an "elementary exercise", so they only give a hint):
Taking $A$ to be a point and iterating this collapsing lemma, this ...

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### Teaching the fundamental group via everyday examples

This is a "prequel" to a similar question about homology. Both questions were inspired by seeing a talk, by Tadashi Tokieda, about the interesting physics that appears in toys.
What stories, ...

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### Mixed Hodge structure on configuration spaces

Let $X$ be a smooth complex projective variety. Let $F(X,n)$ be the configuration space parametrizing $n$ distinct ordered points in $X$. The cohomology groups $H^k(F(X,n),\mathbf Q)$ carry a mixed ...

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### Why is it so hard to compute $\pi_n(S^n)$?

Of course it isn't really that hard - nowhere near as hard as $\pi_k(S^n)$ for $k>n$, for instance. The hardness that I'm referring to is based on the observation that apparently nobody knows how ...

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### cohomology of classifying space of permutation groups

Let $\Sigma_k$ be the permutation group of order $k$.
Let $r: \Sigma_k\to GL(k)$ be the regular representation by permuting the order of the standard basis of $\mathbb{R}^n$.
Let $\rho: ...

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### A possible generalization of the Borsuk Ulam theorem via action of symmetric groups

The symmetric group $S_{m}$ is equiped with the counting Har measure $\mu$ and the obvious sgn character. Assume that $S_{m}$ acts on $S^{n}$, $n\geq m-1$ and $f:S^{n}\to \mathbb{R}^{n}$ ...

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### Can an odd map be null homotopic?

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group with invariant measure $\mu$. An odd function is a continuous function, $\phi:G\to \mathbb{C}$, such that $\int_{G} \phi d\mu=0$. An odd map is a continuous map, $f:G\to ...

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### Quotient of the hyperbolic plane with respect to commutator group of $\pi_1(\Sigma_g)$

Let $\Sigma_g$ be a Riemann surface of genus $g\geq 2$ and $G=\pi_1(\Sigma_g)$.
Let $\pi\colon \mathbb{H}\to \Sigma_g$ be the universal covering map. What kind of surface is $\mathbb{H}/[G,G]$?
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### Associative Ring Spectra and Derived Completion

So, I was thinking before that this might have some nice, simple topos theoretic explanation, but Jacob disabused me of that notion. However, I'm still very interested in the following question:
Is ...

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### Normal Form of Homotopy Pure Braids?

It is well known that a pure braid has a normal form (also called the combed form). Namely, let $P_n$ be the set of pure braids of $n$ strands and let $d_i:P_n\to P_{n-1}$ be the $i$th "forgetting ...

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### Higher vector spaces

As far as I know there are different ways to categorify the notion of vector space/module. These appear (for example) when trying to find extended TQFTs. There are at least two ways (presented at ...

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### Is there any relationship between the Euler class and the Vandermonde determinant?

Several Wikipedia articles claim that the relationship between the Euler class $e(V)$ and the top Pontryagin class $p_k(V)$ of an oriented $2k$-dimensional real vector bundle $V$ corresponds, via the ...

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### Integral group rings on which stably free modules are free

Let $G$ be a torsion-free group and $ZG$ the integral group rings. Recall that a projective module $P$ over $ZG$ is stably free if there is an isomorphism $P \oplus ZG^n \cong ZG^m$. Are there known ...

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### Fundamental class in K-theory and orientability

In ordinary homology, the classical results give the following situation:
for a compact, connected, topological manifold $M$ of dimension $n$ we have, for each ring $R$, that $H_n(M,M \setminus ...

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### Face poset of a subcomplex complement

Let $P$ denote the face poset of a simplicial complex, $\Delta$ the order complex of a poset, and $\simeq$ homotopy equivalence. It's known that for any finite simplicial complex $\mathcal{K}$ that ...

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### 2-cells in the configuration space

My overarching question is why in the Artin presentation of the (geometrically defined) braid group there are no more than two relations. I've learned one way to prove this is using the fact that the ...

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### Motion planning algorithm

Consider a path connected topological space $X$, one can equip its path space $PX=\{ \gamma: [0,1] \longrightarrow X \; continuous\}$ with the compact open topology. We call a motion planning ...

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### Is this a “new” terminology in homology/cohomology theory?

I have the following question. For our research purpose, we have introduced the following concept:
Let $f:X\to Y$ be a continuous, disrecte and open mapping between two locally compact metric spaces. ...

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### Why the Dold-Thom theorem?

Dold-Thom Theorem: $$\pi_i(SP(X))\cong\tilde{H}_i(X)$$
It's pretty miraculous, no? I've seen its proof, where you show that the composition of the functors on the left-side satisfies the axioms of a ...