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### Orbifolds vs. branched covers

Forgive me if this is a basic question. I'm just learning about orbifolds, and covering spaces are my happy place for thinking about group actions.
If $M$ is a manifold and $G$ is a group acting ...

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### Ergodic actions with co-finite stabilizers

Let $G$ be a locally compact, second countable group acting on a standard probability space $(X,\nu)$, and let $\nu$ be $G$-invariant. Let $G_x = \{g \in G\,:\, gx=x\}$ denote the stabilizer of $x \in ...

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### why most of the angles are right

The Coxeter–Dynkin diagrams tell us that in a spherical Coxeter simplex most of the dihedral angles are right. Say among $\tfrac{n{\cdot}(n+1)}2$ dihedral angles we can have at most $n$ angles which ...

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### Tensor Powers of 1-Dimensional Representations of a Finite Group

Let $G$ be a finite group acting on a commutative ring $R$ via ring maps. In doubt, one can assume $R$ to be noetherian or regular if one wants. Let $P$ be a $1$-dimensional free $R$-module with a $G$-...

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### Counterexamples to analogue of Cannon conjecture in higher dimensions

It is known that a group $G$ acts geometrically on $\mathbb{H}^2$ if and only if $G$ is word-hyperbolic and its boundary $\partial G$ is homeomorphic to $S^1$.
The analogous statement for $\mathbb{H}^...

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### Fixed points on boundary of hyperbolic group

Let G be a word-hyperbolic group with torsion and let ∂G be its boundary. Do there exist criteria that imply that all non-trivial finite order elements of G act fixed-point freely on ∂G?

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### Actions of compact Lie groups on (possibly but hopefully not) non-regular spaces

Suppose $G$ is a compact Lie group acting freely on a topological space $Q$ (about whose separation conditions I make no assumptions) and the qoutient $Q/G$ is known to be completely regular Hausdorff ...

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### Do mutually dual finite vector spaces have the same orbit cardinalities under a linear group action?

Let $G$ be a finite group acting linearly on a finite dimensional vector space $V$ over a finite field. By Burnside's lemma,
$$
|V/G| = \frac 1{|G|} \sum_{g\in G} q^{\dim(ker(g - I))}.
$$
Since $g-I$ ...

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### When a Whitney stratification has no stratum of codimension one?

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group, and $M$ be a smooth $n$-dimensional $G$-manifold which admits an orientation preserving the $G$-action. Then $M$ has a natural Whitney stratification induced by the ...

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### Iterating Monad-Comonads structures

Let $(T, \mu , \eta )$ a monad on the category $\mathscr{C}$ , with the usual EM (Eilenberg-Moore) adjunction $\langle F_T, U_T, \eta_Y, \epsilon_T \rangle: \mathscr{C}^T \to \mathscr{C}$ where ...

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### blowups and group actions

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over the complex numbers and assume that $X$ is equipped with the action of a finite group $G$.
Denote by $Z$ the closed subscheme of fixed points of $G$ and ...

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### “Spectral decomposition” action on the unitary group

Consider a matrix $U$ from the unitary group $U_N(\mathbb{C})$ and consider the map $f:U_N(\mathbb{C})\rightarrow U_N(\mathbb{C})$ where $f(U)$ is the matrix of the eigenvectors of $U$.
What is ...

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### Group actions with finite stabilizers and compact quotients

Let $G$ be a discrete group that acts on a contractible finite dimensional $G$-complex $X$ with the following properties:
$X/G$ is compact (i.e. the action is cocompact)
Each stabilizer $G_\sigma$ ...

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### Characterization of amenable actions

Let $(X,\mu)$ be a $G$-space, i.e. a measure space with a Borel quasi-invariant $G$-action. Say that $X$ is amenable (equivalently, that the action is amenable) if there is a $G$-fixed point in every ...

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### Group action on the real line

Hi,
I was wondering about the following question:
if you have a faithful action of a group G on the real line R by orientation-preserving homeomorphisms, it is easy to construct a new action such ...

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### The classifying space of a gauge group

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $P \to M$ a principal $G$-bundle over a closed Riemann surface. The gauge group $\mathcal{G}$ is defined by
$$\mathcal{G}=\lbrace f : P \to G \mid f(p \cdot g) = g^{-1}f(p)...

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### When does a $W^*$-algebra have a standard Borel spectrum?

EDIT: André Henriques has commented below that the correct separability condition is not weak-* separability as I have written below, but separability of the predual.
This post came out a bit long, ...

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### Transitive action on the sphere

Hello!
From the book "Einstein manifolds" by Arthur L. Besse (at section 7.B), Lie groups $Sp(n)$, $Sp(n)\cdot U(1)$, $SU(2n)$ and $U(2n)$ constitute the complete list of Lie subgroups of $U(2n)$ ...

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### Orbits of Thompson's group

Thompson's group may act by homeomorphisms on the circle.
Has this action a fixed point?

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### inertia stratification

Let $X$ be a nice algebraic variety (say smooth, projective) over a field of characteristic 0. Let $G$ be an abelian group acting on $X$. For each subgroup $H$ of $G$, denote by $X^H$ the closed ...

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### Smoothing of a hyperquotient singularity

Let $f$ be a polynomial in $k$ complex variables, and suppose the affine variety $V$ given by $f = 0$ has an isolated singularity at the origin, but is otherwise smooth. Now assume that some cyclic ...

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### The description of Hurwitz groups

Let $G$ be a Hurwitz group, i.e the automorphism group of some Hurwitz surface $C$. Then Hurwitz's automorphisms theorem shows that the quotient map of $C$ by $G$ has ramification points of indexes $2$...

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### On the group actions on Hurwitz surfaces

Let $C$ be a Hurwitz surface, $G=\text{Aut}(C)$ and $N$ is a proper normal subgroup of $G$. Is there a simple argument (without using of classification theorems) for the fact that $N$ acts on $C$ ...

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### Representations of Finite Subgroups on Homology

Suppose that $G$ is a connected, simply-connected, complex, semisimple Lie group, and that $H$ is finite subgroup. Consider the left-multiplicative action of $H$ on $G$, and the resulting ...

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### Relation between groups and classifying spaces

Let $G$ be a nonabelian group, with classifying space $BG$.
Motivation: We can compute its homology, $H_\ast(BG)=H_\ast(G)$. It would be nice to see some equivariant computations, like $H_\ast^G(BG)$ ...

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### Is any $G$-set a coset geometry (in the sense of Tits-Buekenhout)?

Hi there!
Let $X$ be a left $G$-set, and $\Delta=${$x_1,\ldots,x_n$} a fundamental domain of $G$ in $X$. In other words, $G$ acts on $X$ from the left, and {$Gx_1,\ldots,Gx_n$} is the orbit space $X/...

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### Fixed point of $S^1$-action using roots of unity

Fact: For any (continuous) $S^1$-action on the closed unit disk $\mathbb{D}^n$, there is a fixed point $x_0\in\mathbb{D}^n$.
I have thought of a possible argument that re-proves this, but am not sure ...

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### On the definition of ‘smooth vectors’ in Rieffel's “Deformation Quantization for Actions of $ \mathbb{R}^{d} $”.

On the first page of Chapter 1 of Rieffel's Deformation Quantization for Actions of $ \mathbb{R}^{d} $, Rieffel defines a family of seminorms on the space $ A^{\infty} $ of smooth vectors of a Fréchet ...

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### 2 questions on Nagata's counterexample; $k[f_1,…,f_r]=k[g_1,…,g_s]$ vs. $k(f_1,…,f_r)=k(g_1,…,g_s)$

Let $\{a_{ij}\}$ for $i=1,2,3$, and $j=1,...,16$ be algebraically independent elements over some prime field. Let $k$ be a field containing all $a_{ij}$. Then consider $k^{16}$ as $k$-vector space and ...

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### Hamiltonian polar action with Lagrangian section

I am looking for examples of Hamiltonian polar isometric actions of a compact Lie group on a Kahler-Einstein (or perhaps just Kahler) manifold, that admits a Lagrangian section.
Recall that an ...

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### Free and cellular G-action implies free G-complex?

Recall that a CW-complex $X$ with an action of a group $G$ which permutes the cells (i.e., for any $g \in G$ and any cell $\sigma \subseteq X$, $g\sigma$ is a cell) is called a $G$-complex. If the ...

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### Free group actions on varieties and algebras of coinvariants

Suppose $k$ is an algebraically closed field of characteristic zero and $A$ is a finitely generated commutative associative reduced $k$-algebra.
Suppose the group $\mathbb{Z}_2$ acts on $A$ in such a ...

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### “Homogeneity” of the Hopf fibration $S^7\to S^{15}\to S^8$ [closed]

My question has to do with an apparent contradiction I get regarding the Hopf fibration $S^7\to S^{15}\to S^8$. Namely, the two following statements cannot be true at the same time (but I do not see ...

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### volume of exceptional group orbits

Assume that $G$ is a compact group acting by isometries on a (compact) Riemannian manifold (M,g), with principal orbits of dimension $d>0$. For $x\in M$, let $G(x)$ denote the $G$-orbit of $x$, by $...

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### Examples of manifolds with effective circle actions?

I would like to know examples of smooth compact connected manifolds, on which there exists an effective smooth circle action preserving a positive smooth volume, besides the simple example: $[0,1]^d \...

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### Symmetric group action on squarefree polynomials

The following dynamical system on polynomials comes mostly from idle curiosity, but I hope it is of some interest.
Background Fix some natural number $n$. Let $P$ be the quotient of the polynomial ...

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### Find an action of $\mathbb{Z}/2$ on $\mathbb{C}P^1$ which is compatible with the fraction linear transform of $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$

There is a natural fraction linear transform of $SL(2,\mathbb{R})$ on $\mathbb{C}P^1$ given by:
$$
\begin{pmatrix} a & b \\
c & d \end{pmatrix} \cdot[z,w]=[az+bw,cz+dw].
$$
Let $\mathbb{Z}/2=\...

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### Actions on Sⁿ with quotient Sⁿ

What is known about isometric actions on $\mathbb S^n$ such that the quotient space is homeomorphic to $\mathbb S^n$?
Comments.
I am mostly interested in (maybe trivial) properties of such actions ...

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### Actions on ℍⁿ generated by torsion elements

Let $n$ be a large integer.
I am looking for a cocompact properly discontinuous isometric action on $n$-dimensional Lobachevky space which is generated by elements of finite order.
Or equivalently, ...

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### Can a non-trivial action of a connected group on a reduced scheme be trivial on a dense open?

It is well-known that if a reduced algebraic group $G$ acts on a separated reduced scheme $X$, and $G$ acts trivially on a dense open subscheme $U\subseteq X$, then the action is trivial.
If $X$ is ...

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### Invariant for group actions

Hello everybody!
Define the action of $SL_4({\mathbb{Z}})$ on alternating 2-forms or simply skew-symmetric matrices of degree 4 according to the following:
For $B \in SL_4({\mathbb{Z}})$ and an ...

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### Group action on spin^c 4-manifold.

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I'll try to be more precise.
In paper N.Nakamura, "Bauer–Furuta invariants under $Z_2$-actions" there is an assumption that $Z_2$ action "lifts to spin^c structure". What i think it means:
$...

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### eigen-bundles of a trivial vector bundle

Suppose I have a trivial vector bundle $V\cong \mathcal{O}_C^{\oplus s} \rightarrow C$ on an algebraic variety $C$, and suppose furthermore that I have an action $\mu$ of a cyclic finte group $G$ on ...

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### Is the Turing equivalence relation the orbit equiv. relation of the action of a countable group?

The Turing equivalence relation on $\cal P(\mathbb{N})$ is defined by $A\equiv_T B$ iff $A\leq_T B$ and $B\leq_T A$. This is a countable Borel equivalence relation on the polish space $\cal P(\mathbb{...

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### Abstract definition of properly discontinuous action

A discrete group $G$ acts properly discontinuously on a manifold $M$ if the set $\{g\in G\mid gK\cap K\neq \emptyset \}$ is finite for every compact $K\subset M$.
Is there a more abstract ...

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### invariant lines avoiding fixed subvarieties

Could anybody help me with the following question ?
Assume we are given:
(1) a finite order (linear) automorphism $g$ of the complex projective space $\mathbb{P}^r$,
(2) a closed algebraic ...

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### Faithful transitive actions by large groups on small sets

How large is the largest transitive subgroup of $S_n$ other than itself and $A_n$? In particular, does its size grow at least exponentially in $n$?

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### Isomorphism between the set of classes of Principal Homogeneous spaces and non-Abelian H^1(G,A) cohomology

Let A be a G-group, i.e. a set on which G acts on, has a group structure and satisfies $^s(xy)=^s x ^s y$ for all $x,y \in A \ , s \in G$. A homogeneous principal space P is a non-empty G-set on which ...

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### Minimality of time-t minimal flows

This question is mainly motivated by the question Transitivity of a flow and its time-1 map
Let $M$ be a closed smooth manifold and $\Phi\colon\mathbb{R}\times M\to M$ be a smooth minimal flow, i.e. ...

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### Free $\mathbb{Z}_2$-actions match at some point

I have in front of me a proof of this lemma:
If $f$ and $g$ are free $\mathbb{Z}_2$-actions on $S^1$, then $f(x)=g(x)$ for some $x \in S^1$.
A $\mathbb{Z}_2$-action on the unit circle $S^1$ is a ...