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What is obstructing two stably-isomorphic vector bundles from being isomorphic?

The specific situation is the following: Let $n>0$ be a natural number, let $X$ be a finite CW complex of dimension $n$, and let $\xi_0,\xi_1$ be oriented real vector bundles of rank $n$ over $X$ ...
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Obstruction to a $SU(4)$-structure in eight dimensions

What is the obstruction for the existence of a $SU(4)$-structure on a spin, eight-dimensional manifold $M$? This is equivalent to the existence of two nowhere vanishing global sections of the ...
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Center of a simply-connected simple compact Lie group and McKay correspondence

Let $G$ be a simply-connected simple compact Lie group. Its center $Z(G)$ is a finite abelian group, say $Z(G) = \mathbb Z/k\mathbb Z$ for $G=SU(k)$. I find the following interpretation of $Z(G)$ in ...
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Does homotopy invariance of homology follow from the structure of the simplex category $\Delta$?

Explicitly: Let $\Delta$ denote the simplex category, and $\mathscr{C}$ any small category, and fix a functor $F:\Delta \rightarrow \mathscr{C}$ such that $F\Delta^0$ is terminal. Also, assume ...
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Actions of cofibrations and induced maps of cofibres

Working in some nice category of based topological spaces (compactly generated with CW homotopy type, say) suppose we have a homotopy commutative diagram $$ \begin{array}{ccccc} & & j & ...
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cohomology of orthogonal group of integers

Let $$ O(\mathbb{Z}^{\oplus k})=GL(\mathbb{Z}^{\oplus k})\cap O(k). $$ What is $$ H^*(BO(\mathbb{Z}^{\oplus k});\mathbb{Z})? $$ If it cannot be computed out, can we get $$ H^*(O(\mathbb{Z}^{\oplus ...
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cohomology ring of symmetric group of order $3$

Let $S_3$ be the symmetric group of order $3$. What is the cohomology ring $$ H^*(S_3;\mathbb{Z})?$$ My attempt: I want to use mathematical induction on $n$ for $S_n$. For $n=1$, $S_1$ is trivial. ...
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History of Poincare conjecture in higher dimension [closed]

As far as I know, when Poincare formulated his well known conjecture, the original statement was the follwoing: if a closed manifold has the same homology groups as the sphere it is homoeomorphic to ...
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Homologically distinct infinite loop structures on a space

Let $X$ be a connected pointed topological space equipped with two different actions of $E_\infty$-operad. Each action provides a collection of deloopings $X_i$, where $X_0 = X$ and $\Omega X_i$ is ...
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Spectral sequences and Batalin-Vilkovisky formalism

I have been studying the BRST quantization in quantum field theory recently and noticed that the subject is very much related to algebraic topology and cohomology. A quick google search led me to the ...
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Centralizers in the universal central extensions of the alternating groups?

For $n \ge 8$ the Schur multiplier $H_2(BA_n, \mathbb{Z})$ (where $A_n$ denotes the alternating group) stabilizes to $\mathbb{Z}_2$, and hence there is a universal central extension $\widetilde{A}_n$ ...
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Is the Thom diagonal co-$E_\infty$?

Given a map of spaces $f:X\to BGL_1(R)$ for $R$ an $E_\infty$-ring spectrum (of course this can be done more generally) one can produce a Thom spectrum $Mf$ by a number of methods. Let's denote such a ...
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the Pontryagin number of a 4-dim orientable surface bundle with fiber of genus 2

Is the following statement correct or known to be correct? For a 4-dimensional closed orientable surface bundle $E$ with fiber of genus 2, the signature must be 0 mod 8 (or the Pontryagin number of ...
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Unicity of Johnson-Wilson Theories

Let $E$ be a ring spectrum with a $p$-typical complex orientation. Then we call $E$ a form of $BP\langle n\rangle$ or a generalized $BP\langle n\rangle$ if the induced map ...
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Pontryagin class of quaternionic line bundle

Let $\xi^{\mathbb{C}}$ be a complex line bundle over a CW complex $B$. Then $$ VB_{\mathbb{C}^1}(B)\cong [B,BU(1)]=[B,\mathbb{C}P^\infty]=[B,K(\mathbb{Z},2)]\cong H^2(B;\mathbb{Z}). $$ Hence if ...
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Fibre bundles and flat connections [closed]

If a fibre bundle can be equipped with a flat connection then it must be necessarily trivial? Let us take for example a real line bundle $L\to M$ with base $M$. If $L$ can be equipped with a flat ...
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Two-bridge knots and CW-complex

The fundamental group of any two-bridge knot K in $\mathbb{S}^3$ has a presentation with two generators and one relation. On the other hand, it's possible to provide a CW-complex with only one 0-cell ...
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Reconciling two viewpoints for spectra

As a novice in algebraic topology, I'm trying to grasp the concept of a spectrum. Let me first sketch two motivations. One motivation goes like this: for singular cohomology of spaces, we have ...
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obstructions of Chern class and Pontryagin class

Let $\xi$ be a real $n$ dimensional vector bundle over a CW-complex $B$. Then the Stiefel-Whitney class (coefficient in $Z/2$) $$ w_i(\xi)=0$$ if and only if $\xi|_{sk^i(B)}$ has $n-i+1$ linearly ...
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Maps which induce the same homomorphism on homotopy and homology groups are homotopic

I am interested in the following question. Are maps which induce the same homomorphism on homotopy and homology groups homotopic? I am sure the answer is no, however I cannot imagine how to construct ...
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Global topological equivalence of Morse functions

Two Morse functions $f$ and $g$ are called topologicaly equivalent if there are diffeomorphism $h$ of the source and orientational-preserving diffeomorphism $k$ of the target such that $f=k\circ ...
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Cohomology spectral sequence over $k[t]$

I am trying to compute $H^*(X)$ for a (potentially large, finite, finitely filtered) simplicial complex $X$ using a cover $U_i$ of $X$. I am building chain complexes for $X$ with a simplex that ...
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A model category for E-infty algebras in a non-monoidal model category?

Given a suitable nice symmetric monoidal category $C$, symmetric monoidally enriched, tensored, and cotensored over a symmetric monoidal category $S$, and an operad $\mathcal{O}$ in $S$, we can ...
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Classification of $SU(2)$ principal fibre bundles over four-dimensional manifolds

I would like to find a pedagogical reference where the classification, up to isomorphism, of principal $SU(2)$ bundles over a four-dimensional compact, oriented manifold is explained. In particular I ...
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Showing left module actions are highly structured

For my own convenience I'll work in $\infty$-categories, feel free to answer in whatever framework best suits you. My question is essentially how to show, given an $E_\infty$-ring object $R$ in an ...
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Ambient isotopy of the diagonal submanifold in product space

Given a closed manifold $M^n$ and its $k$-fold product space $M^n\times\cdots\times M^n$,Can the diagonal submanifold $\Delta:=\{(m,\cdots,m)\in (M^n)^k\mid m\in M\}$ be isotopied to the submanifold ...
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homology theory for affine and projective algebraic sets?

Given $f_1,\ldots,f_r\in K[x_1,\ldots,x_m]$, resp. homogeneous $f_1,\ldots,f_r\in K[x_0,\ldots,x_m]$, is there a chain complex built from these polynomials, such that any polynomial map $\varphi\!: ...
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integral or rational cohomology of real grassmannians

I have obtained that the cohomology rings $$ H^*(G_k(\mathbb{R}^\infty);\mathbb{Z}_2)=\mathbb{Z}_2[w_1,\cdots,w_k]. $$ Also $$ H^*(G_k(\mathbb{R}^m);\mathbb{Z}_2)=\mathbb{Z}_2[w_1,\cdots,w_k]/(\bar ...
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homology of configuration spaces of non-compact manifolds

Let $M$ be a manifold. Let $F(M,n)$ be the configuration space of $n$-tuples on $M$. Let $B(M,n)=F(M,n)/S_n$, where $S_n$ is the symmetric group of order $n$, be the corresponding unordered ...
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Reference request: Topology on the space of smooth compact submanifolds

In Allen Hatchers short exposition of the Madsen-Weiss Theorem he defines the topology on the space $\mathcal{C}^n$ of smooth oriented properly embedded $d$-dimensional submanifolds of $\mathbb{R}^n$ ...
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Under which conditions the inclusion of a sub-simplicial set of the nerve of a category is a Joyal equivalence?

Let $i: X \to \mathrm{N}\mathcal C$ be a monomorphism in the category of simplicial sets, with $\mathcal C$ a category and $\mathrm{N}\mathcal C$ its nerve. I am looking for sufficient conditions (and ...
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Citation: earliest incidence of the Borel localization theorem

The Borel localization theorem in (Borel) equivariant cohomology states that if $T$ is a torus and $M$ a smooth $T$-manifold, with fixed point set $M^T$, then upon localizing the coefficient ring ...
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Twisted equivariant modular forms?

I'd like to know where I can find information about a class of objects which I think deserve to be called twisted equivariant modular forms. Let me guess a definition, indicate how it can be made more ...
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pushforward of universal objects along canonical morphisms of stacks

The kind of question I'm interested in has the following flavor: having two moduli stacks with one being an enhanced (i.e more data) version of the other with the natural "forgetting" map between them ...
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Dividing a n- cochain by a 1-cochain

Assume that $X$ is a path connected hausdorff topological space. Let $\alpha\in C^{1}(X,\mathbb{R})$ and $\beta\in C^{n}(X,\mathbb{R})$ be cochains in real singular cohomology. Asume that $\alpha ...
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Bar Construction Model of Ring Spectrum Quotient

Suppose I am given a morphism $f:BG\to BGL_1(R)$ for $R$ some at least $E_1$-ring spectrum and $G$ a loop space. Then This corresponds, I believe, to an action of $G$ on $R$, coming from a morphism ...
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Properties of “incomplete finite simplicial complexes”

Definition: We say that $K'$ is an incomplete finite simplicial complex if there exists a finite simplicial complex $K$ such that $|K'|=|K|\backslash Y$ where $Y$ is a union of some open faces of K. ...
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Multiplicativity of combinatorial l classes

For closed smooth manifolds $M$ and $N$, the Hirzebruch $L$ class is multiplicative, i.e. $L(M\times N)=L(M)L(N)$. Is this property still true if $M$ and $N$ are assumed to be closed topological ...
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Elliptic curves and connected components

Are there elliptic curves of positive rank with two real connected components in which all the rational points lie only on one component? Concrete examples are really appreciated.
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Connection between quasifibrations and homotopy cartesian squares

Let me first fix the definitions. A map $p\colon E\rightarrow B$ is called a quasi-fibration, iff the canonical inclusion $p^{-1}(b)\rightarrow hofib_b(p)$ is a weak equivalence for all for all $b\in ...
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Is every degree 1 self-map a homotopy equivalence?

In a rather obscure article, I found (without proof) the following statement: If $M$ is a closed orientable manifold, every degree $1$ map $f: M \rightarrow M$ is a homotopy equivalence. Is this ...
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Global Affine Flag Variety and Affine Flag Variety

There is a construction of a global affine flag variety over $\mathbb{A}^1$ (or another curve) $Fl_{\mathbb{A}_1}$ such that each fiber above $\epsilon \neq 0$ is isomorphic to a direct product of the ...
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Isomorphism between a mapping class group and the fundamental group of a moduli space

For some fixed integer $d \geq 3$, let $M(0, d)$ be the mapping class group of self-homeomorphisms of the Riemann sphere which fix each of the $d$ points $0, 1, ... , d-2, \infty$. Let $X$ be the ...
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Intuitive Aproach to Dolbeault Cohomology [closed]

(Duplicated from math.stackexchange) I would like to understand an intuitive approach to the definitions of Dolbeault Cohomology (using $\partial$ and $\bar{\partial}$) similar to the one given here. ...
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Intersection of two real polynomial surfaces

Consider two real polynomials in three variables, defined on the 3-sphere, $S^3$. Is there some Bezout-type theorem, relating the intersection of two closed surfaces defined by these polynomials and ...
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A naturality question concerning the universal coefficient spectral sequence

I am reading Hillman's book "algebraic invariants of links" and on page 20 he mentions the following universal coefficient spectral sequence. Let X be a connected finite CW complex.Let $H$ be a ...
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Does the singular cohomology for a metric space of finite topological dimension vanish in high dimensions?

It is known that by applying the universal coefficient theorem, the singular cohomology of closed manifold with coefficient $\mathbb{Z}_2$ vanishes in high dimensions. But for a metric space $M$ with ...
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Is every $S^3$ block bundle over $S^4$ a fiber bundle?

I am interested in the difference between block bundle and fiber bundle. Let $K$ be a simplicial complex and $p: E\to |K|$ be a continuous map. A block diffeomorphism of $\Delta^p\times M$ is a ...
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Complexification of real k-theory gives index $2$ subgroup of complex k-theory

We have $\widetilde{KO}(S^4) \cong \mathbb{Z}$ and $\widetilde{K}(S^4) \cong \mathbb{Z}$. There is a map $i:\widetilde{KO}(S^4) \rightarrow \widetilde{K}(S^4)$ that takes a stable vector bundle to ...
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G-spaces and SG-module spectra

This question is related to the one here, but has a slightly different angle. Let $G$ be a topological group and let $X$ be a $G$-space. Taking the suspension spectrum $\Sigma^{\infty}_+ X$ (in my ...