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What's an example of 2 elliptic curves with the same ground ring s.t. their associated cohomology theories detect different things?

My understanding is that a complex-oriented spectrum is a ring spectrum $E$ with a map $MU \to E$. Analogously, a ring with a formal group law is a ring $R$ with a map $L \to R$ (where $L$ is the ...
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Loop defects in Walker-Wang model

My question is about the description of general defects (specially loop defects) in the Walker-Wang (WW) model. Elementary excitations in the WW model can be point particles, loop defects and more ...
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Curvature of a principal bundle and the exterior covariant derivative

I am sorry if this is too elementary; I had posted it on math.stack but no one answered. Let $P\to M$ a principal fibre bundle with fibre $G$, and let $A\in \Omega^{1}(P)\otimes\mathfrak{g}$ be a ...
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Interplay between Loop Quantum Gravity and Mathematics

It is known that there are many interesting connections between String Theory and modern Mathematics, with a rich feedback going on in both directions: there have been advances in mathematics thanks ...
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dual basis of cohomology algebra [migrated]

Let $H^*(M)$ be the cohomology algebra of oriented manifold $M$ with rational coefficients. Let $\{b_i\}$ be a basis of $H^*(M)$ as a vector space over $\mathbb{Q}$. Let the dual basis be ...
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Classifying spaces of topological groups whose underlying spaces are homotopy equivalent

Let $G$, $H$ be topological groups and $f:G\rightarrow H$ a continuous group homomorphism which happens to be a homotopy equivalence of the underlying topological spaces. Let us assume that $G$, $H$ ...
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Must we know $MU^*(X)$ in order to compute $Ell^*(X)$?

Let $Ell^*(X)$ be the elliptic cohomology theory (associated to a given elliptic curve $E$) of a nice space $X$. Recall the Landweber-Ravenel-Stong construction: $MU^*(X) \otimes_{MU^*} R \simeq ...
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Are all quotients of a weakly contractible space via a free group action classifying spaces of the group?

I asked this question on math.stackexchange a week ago, but did not get an answer. First of all, I don't want to restrict to any kind of "nice spaces" since I am interested in the most general ...
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orbit space of $\mathbb{Z}_p$ action over complex projective space by permuting the homogeneous coordinates

$Z_p$:=cyclic group of order $p$. I want to understnd $H_\ast(\mathbb{C} P^{n}/Z_{n+1};Z)$ with $(n+1)$ being a prime number,and the action is given by permuting the homogeneous coordinates. For ...
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When do zero-simplices of a simplicial diagram determine its homotopy colimit?

Suppose that I have a diagram of simplicial sets $X_\bullet:\mathscr{C} \to Set^{\Delta^{op}},$ with $\mathscr{C}$ a small category such that for each $C \in \mathscr{C},$ $X_\bullet(C)$ is a Kan ...
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Toral rank conjecture

In 1985, S.~Halperin conjectured in the topological context of maximal free torus actions on topological manifolds, that: If $X$ is a topological space, then $$\dim H^*(X;\mathbb Q)\geq 2^{rk(X)}.$$ ...
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A lower-dimensional algebraic topology problem between homology group and fundamental group

Let \begin{equation} A\stackrel{\alpha}{\longrightarrow}B\stackrel{\beta}{\longrightarrow}C\quad\quad (1) \end{equation} be a short sequence of abelian groups and homomorphisms. We say that the ...
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Pseudomanifolds and Poincaré duality

1) A $n$-dimensional homology manifold is a topological space $X$ such that for any $x\in X$, the homology groups $$H_p(X,X-x,\mathbb{Z})$$ are trivial unless $p=n$ where $$H_n(X,X-x,\mathbb{Z})\cong ...
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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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Poincare-Lefschetz duality, universal coefficients, and middle cohomology [migrated]

Sorry if the question is too simple, algebraic topology is not my strong suit. Let $(M,\partial M)$ be a $2n$-dimensional manifold with boundary, with one-dimensional middle cohomology. By ...
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When does the Borel construction have the homotopy type of a CW-complex?

Suppose that $G$ is a Lie group acting smoothly on a manifold $M,$ does the Borel $M \times_G EG$ construction have the homotopy type of a CW-complex? If not, under what conditions would this be true? ...
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Moduli space of flat connections over a torus

Let us fix a principal bundle $G\hookrightarrow P\to T^{2}$, where $T^{2}$ is a torus. Is the moduli space of flat connections on $P$ known? At least, it is known for some particular gauge groups, ...
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Stiefel-Whitney class of complex projective spaces [on hold]

Let $T\mathbb{C}P^m$ be the tangent bundle of complex projective space. What is the total Stiefel-Whitney class $w(T\mathbb{C}P^m)$? Let $a_m$ be the maximal integer such that the $a_m$-th dual ...
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What's special about the Simplex category?

I have been wondering lately what makes simplicial sets 'tick'. Edited The category $\Delta$can be viewed as the category of standard $n$-simplices and order preserving simplicial maps. The goal of ...
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Homotopy of orthogonal groups in the unstable range

We fix an integer $n$ and consider the stabilization map $O(n)\to O$. Using rational methods one can easily check that the map $\pi_{4i-1}(O(n))\to \pi_{4i-1}(O)\cong\mathbb{Z}$ vanishes for ...
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Are negatively pinched manifold locally conformally flat?

One knows that hyperbolic manifolds are locally conformally flat. How about those negatively pinched manifolds, i.e. the sectional curvature $K$ satisfy: $$ -\Lambda \le K \le -\lambda$$ for ...
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Why is the oriented $G$-homotopy type of a $G$-complex uniquely determined by the periodicity generator?

Say we have a periodicity generator $e \in H^k(BG)$. I can show that we then have a $(k-1)$-dimensional $G$-complex $X$ with free $G$-action. It's also not that difficult to see that it has trivial ...
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Continuous maps to fat geometric realizations of simplicial spaces

The nLab page on partitions of unity mentions the application of partitions of unity as a way to construct continuous maps to geometric realizations of simplicial spaces. However I often feel ...
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Simplicial homotopy book suggestion for HTT computations

I'm struggling through Lurie's Higher Topos Theory, since it appears that someone reading through the book is expected to be somewhat comfortable with simplicial homotopy theory. The main trouble ...
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When are (weak) homotopy equivalence testable on open covers?

I asked this question on math.stackexchange, but did not get an answer. Let $f\colon X\rightarrow X'$ be a continuous map between two spaces $X,X'$, which might be arbitrary wild, especially I don't ...
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rational cohomology of finite real grassmannian

Let $p_j$ to be the $j$-th Pontryagin class of the universal $n$-plane bundle $E_n(\mathbb{R}^\infty)\to G_n(\mathbb{R}^\infty)$. Then according to Theorem 1.6, The Cohomology of BSO n and BO n with ...
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$K_0$ of integral group ring of cyclic group $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$

Is there a table for the computation of $K_0(\mathbb{Z}[\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}])$? These groups are also known as ideal class group in number theory.In topology,they are the home of some important ...
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homology of a mapping spectrum

If $X$ and $Y$ are two spectra, I denote by $F(X,Y)$ their mapping spectrum. This is uniquely determined by the existence of a natural isomorphism $[X\wedge Y, Z]\cong [X,F(Y,Z)]$. I denote by $H_*$ ...
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cohomology ring of configuration spaces

In the paper configuration spaces: applications to Gelfand-Fuks cohomology, by F. Cohen and L. Taylor, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., 1978, theorem 1, I did not find the proof. What method did the author use ...
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$\pi_0${plane fields}$\to\mathbb{Z}_2$

On a 3-manifold $Y$, oriented 2-plane fields $\xi$ are oriented rank-2 subbundles of $TY$. Denote the set of such (up to homotopy) by $\Theta=\pi_0\lbrace\xi\rbrace$. What is an explicit canonical map ...
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cohomology of the orbit space of a group action

Let $M$ be a manifold. Let a finite group $G$ act on $M$ discretely. Let $F$ be a field. Suppose the induced action of $G$ on the cohomology algebra $H^*(M,F)$ is known. We want to obtain ...
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Homotopy Type Theory: What is it?

My question is, broadly, what is the main project of Homotopy Type Theory (HoTT). I asked a professor who is likely to be correct and he say the following: There are three directions: ...
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Condition on a Hopf operad for tensor product in the base category to be a (categorical) coproduct for algebras

A Hopf operad will be an operad endowed with a coproduct $P(n) \longrightarrow P(n) \otimes P(n)$ which is compatible in the obvious sens with operad laws (no more structure is assumed a priori. ...
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How to determine the homotopy groups of the suspension of a space?

Let $SX$ be the suspension of CW complex. What are some results available to determine the homotopy groups of $\pi_n(SX)$?
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How do small changes in a filtered complex affect the associated spectral sequence

I have recently been learning about spectral sequences, not in the context of any problem, but mostly out of curiosity. There are two questions that have occurred to me which I've been unable to ...
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Two H-space structures on S^3 and [X,S^3] different as groups for each: Explicit Example?

There are twelve continuous maps $S^3\times S^3\to S^3$ up to homotopy that make the three-sphere $S^3$ into an H-space. This follows from a result of James [1], which says that if there exists one ...
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Retractions of ENR

Let $i:X\rightarrow \mathbb{R}^N$ be an imbedding of a topological space $X$. Assume that there exists an open neighborhood $U$ containing $i(X)$ which also admits a retraction $p:U\rightarrow X$. The ...
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Mixed Hodge structure and cup product

I'm looking for a reference for the answer to the following questions. Let $X$ be an algebraic variety over C. When is the cup product a morphism of Mixed Hodge structures? Does $X$ have to be ...
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project limit on $n$- simplical complex which is principal homogeneous with respect to an action

The setting: Let G be compact locally $\Bbb{Q}_p$ analytic group. We fix a countable basis of open normal subgroups $G\supset G_1\supset ...G_r\supset...$ We suppose that we are given a system of ...
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question about Computations of gelfand-fuks cohomology, the cohomology of function spaces, and the cohomology of configuration spaces

In the paper Computations of gelfand-fuks cohomology, the cohomology of function spaces, and the cohomology of configuration spaces, F. R. Cohen, L. R. Taylor, Geometric Applications of Homotopy ...
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Does there exist a fibre bundle $K(\mathbb{Z}_4,1)\rightarrow K(\mathbb{Z}_2,1)$ with fiber $K(\mathbb{Z}_2,1)$? [closed]

Does there exist a fibration $K(\mathbb{Z}_4,1)\rightarrow K(\mathbb{Z}_2,1)$, evidently with fiber $K(\mathbb{Z}_2,1)$?
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Equivariant and basic cohomology

I have difficulties to understand the connection between equivariant and basic cohomology. I understand the definition of them but not how they are related (the Weil algebra killed me :)). For ...
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A noncommutative vector bundle associated with a codimension one foliation

Assume that we have a codimension one foliation of a manifold $M$ which is generated by a one form $\alpha$. So the following $\phi$ satisfies $\phi \circ \phi =0$:$$\phi:\Omega^{i}(M)\to ...
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proving the injectivity half of de Rham's theorem by construction in degrees other than $1$ and $n$

(This is a revision of a question I asked on MSE.) Let $M$ be a smooth manifold of dimension $n$, and let $\omega$ be a differential form of degree $p$ on $M$. Then we have (I'm pretty sure) the ...
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Twisted cohomology of torus

I think I could write down a projective resolution, tensor with the twisted coefficients and find the first cohomology of the standard torus. BUT, I was wondering if there is an easier way to ...
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Kernel of the Weil homomorphism for compact symmetric spaces

Let $X = G/K$ be a Riemannian symmetric space of compact type and consider the "Weil homomorphism" $$w^\bullet: H^\bullet(BK; \mathbb R) \to H^\bullet(X; \mathbb R),$$ i.e. the map in cohomology ...
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Dimension leaking in homology as opposed to homotopy

In homotopy theory we have the Seifert van-Kampen theorem, which is a clean statement about the fundamental groupoid of a pushout in $\mathsf{Top}$. There is also a 2d version of SvK in R Brown's ...
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Classification of $SU(2)$-bundles versus the classification of $SO(3)$-bundles

As explained in: Classification of $SU(2)$ principal fibre bundles over four-dimensional manifolds principal $SU(2)$ bundles $P_{SU(2)}$ over a four-dimensional manifold $M$ are classified by their ...
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Dyer-Lashof algebra structures over graded modules

In Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 533, The homology of iterated loop spaces, Chapter 3, The homology of $C_{n+1}$-spaces, F. Cohen, Section 2, page 222, line 4, 5, 6: for an arbitrary graded ...
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Non-unique splittings of homotopy idempotents

By a homotopy idempotent I mean a map $f:X\to X$, where $X$ is a space, equipped with a homotopy $f\circ f \sim f$. In contrast to the situation in stable homotopy theory (where $X$ would be a ...