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vector bundles induced by an action of a finite subgroup of $O(n)$

Let $M$ be a path-connected manifold. Let $G$ be a finite subgroup in $O(n)$ and suppose $G$ acts freely on $M$. Then we have an associated vector bundle $$ \xi(M,G): \mathbb{R}^n\longrightarrow ...
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non-orientability of vector bundles induced from a symmetric group action

Let $\Sigma_k$ be the symmetric group on $k$-letters. Let $M$ be a manifold with a free $\Sigma_k$-action. Then we can form a $k$-dimensional vector bundle $$ \xi:\mathbb{R}^k\longrightarrow ...
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quotient space of Eilenberg-MacLane space

Let $\pi$ be a group and $K(\pi,1)$ the Eilenberg-MacLane space. Let $G$ be a finite group acting on $K(\pi,1)$ such that the following is a covering map $$ K(\pi,1)\longrightarrow K(\pi,1)/G. $$ ...
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Acyclicity of covering space

Suppose we have some 2-dimensional non-aspherical finite CW-complex $K$ with $\pi_1(K)=G$. Is there any sufficient condition on $H\leq G$ (and maybe on the group $G$ itself) which allows to conclude ...
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Is the following 3-manifold irreducible?

We start with product manifold $ X := S_g \times (0,1)$, where $S_g$ is a closed, orientable surface of genus $g \geq 1$. Since this has $\mathbb R^3$ as its universal cover, $X$ is irreducible. Now ...
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triviality of a $2$-sheeted covering map and the triviality of the associated vector bundle

Let $ X$ be a space with a (free and properly discontinuous) $\mathbb{Z}/2$-action and $$p: X\to X/(\mathbb{Z}/2) $$ be a $2$-sheeted covering map. Then we have an associated vector bundle $$ \xi: ...
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vector bundles associated to a covering space

Let $M$ be a $m$-dimensional manifold whose cohomology ring and cell structure are well-understood, such that there is a free action of the symmetric group $S_n$ on $M$. Then we have a $n!$-sheeted ...
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characteristic classes of a covering space with symmetric group action

Let $S_n$ be the $n$-th symmetric group. Suppose we have a $n!$-sheeted covering space $$ S_n\to M\to M/S_n $$ where $M$ is a manifold. Let $\mathbb{K}$ be the real numbers $\mathbb{R}$, complex ...
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Overview and/or reference of theory of pro-universal covers?

This question will contain very little in the way of concrete information, because I don't have much to go on. I've heard whispers of something called a "pro-universal cover," which is the inverse ...
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Does every connected component of a covering space over a connected base intersect all the fibers of the covering space?

This statement is used without explanation in the proof of a Corollary to Proposition 4.3.5, pages 210-211 of the book "Algèbre et théories galoisiennes" by R. and A. Douady, second edition, Cassini, ...
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Universal covering and double cover functors

Initially posted on MSE Let $\mathsf{CW}$ be the category of CW-complexes and $\mathsf{CW}_*$ that of pointed CW-complexes (possibly disconnected, one basepoint in each component). I would like to ...
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Automorphisms of the L-function associated to an elliptic $\mathbb{Q}$-curve

Edited after Noam Elkies' comment: From what I understand (very few actually), there exist elliptic curves defined over some number fields $\mathbb{K}$ Galois over $\mathbb{Q}$ which are isogenous to ...
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Double coset separability and the existence of vanishing sequences for surface group

Definition: Let $G$ be a group. $G$ is said to be double coset separable if given any finitely generated subgroups $H$ and $K$ in $G$, given any $g\in G$ and $h\not\in HgK$, there exists a finite ...
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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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Genus of Covering Space of 3-Manifold

Let $M_g$ and $M_h$ be closed orientable 3-manifolds of genus $g$ and $h$ respectively and suppose that $M_g$ is an $n$-sheeted cover of $M_h$. Is there a formula that would allow us to compute $g$ if ...
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Graph lifts and representation theory

Is there any connection known between the two? One can naturally define lifts of graphs by groups like $\mathbb{Z}_k$ and hence I wonder if representation theoretic properties can be used to say ...
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When is a $2$-lift of a graph connected? [closed]

Let $\ (V\ E)\ $ be a graph, i.e. $\ E\subseteq\binom V2.\ $ A $2$-lift pattern of a graph is a function $\ e:E\rightarrow\{-1\,\ 1\}.\ $ The induced 2-lift is defined as the graph $\ V\times\{-1\,\ ...
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Teaching the fundamental group via everyday examples

This question 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 ...
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Ramification: Riemann surfaces vs Number fields

I am trying to understand the connection between Riemann surfaces and number fields. I am wondering if there an inconsistency in the definition of ramification in terms of Riemann surfaces vs number ...
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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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A metric associated with a continuous surjective map $f:X\to Y$

Assume that $f:(X,d_{1})\to (Y,d_{2})$ is a continuous surjective map between compact metric spaces. We define another metric $d_{f}$ on $Y$ With $$ d_{f}(y_{1},y_{2})=Hd(f^{-1}(y_{1}), ...
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Universal covering space of a Zariski open subset of projective space

Let $U$ be a Zariski open subset of $\mathbb P^n_{\mathbb C}$. Assume $U$ is the complement of some divisors. Have the possible universal covering spaces of $U$ been classified? Do we know when the ...
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Universal covering space for non-semilocally simply connected spaces

Consider a topological space $X$. Let us consider a universal covering space to be a covering $ p : \tilde{X} \rightarrow X$ which is a covering of all other covering spaces. (Perhaps I should call ...
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A generalization of covering spaces to fiber bundles with totally path-disconnected fibers

There is a classical theorem about covering spaces and the actions of the fundamental group. Theorem 1: Let $B$ be a non-empty locally path-connected and path-connected space. The category of ...
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Relation between the Alexander module of a link and intermediate free abelian covers

I'm working through McMullen's paper "The Alexander polynomial of a 3-manifold and the Thurston norm on cohomology" and have a question concerning the following setup: Given a link complement $(X, ...
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The holomorphic version of Galois theory

We identify the space of polynomials of degree n with $\mathbb{C}^{n+1}-\mathbb{C}^{n}$, that is an $n+1$ tuple $(a_{n},a_{n-1},\ldots,a_{0})$ with $a_{n} \neq 0$ is identified with $p(z)=a_{n}z^{n} ...
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Sufficient condition for coverings between non-orientable surfaces

Let $X_k$ be the connected sum of $k$ projective planes. I am interested in necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of a covering $\pi: X_{k'} \to X_k$, where $k$ and $k'$ are integers. ...
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Why is the base change functor faithful

Let $L/k$ be a field extension of algebraically closed fields of characteristic zero. Let $U$ be a smooth quasi-projective variety over $k$. I am trying to understand why the base-change functor from ...
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Covering maps in real life that can be demonstrated to students

Edit: I've really enjoyed everyone's examples (especially the pictures!), but I was mostly looking for a general theorem. For instance, a similar statement to mine is, Can the mapping cylinder of ...
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Top chern class under finite, unramified, dominant morphism

Situation: Let $\Bbbk$ be an algebraically closed field. Assume that $\pi:Y\to X$ is an finite, dominant, unramified morphism between nonsingular varieties of dimensions $n$. Let $d=\deg(\pi)$. What ...