# Tagged Questions

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### (co)homology of symmetric groups

Let $S_n=\{\text{bijections }[n]\to[n]\}$ be the n-th symmetric group. Its (co)homology will be understood with trivial action. What are the $\mathbb{Z}$-modules $H_k(S_n;\mathbb{Z})$? Using GAP, we ...

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### $H^4(BG,\mathbb Z)$ torsion free for $G$ a connected Lie group

Recently, prompted by considerations in conformal field theory, I was let to guess that for every compact connected Lie group $G$, the fourth cohomology group of it classifying space is torsion free.
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### Classes in $H^3(G; \mathbb{Z})$ that restrict to zero on abelian subgroups

Let $G$ be a finite $p$-group. Is it possible to have a nonzero class in $H^3(G; \mathbb{Z})$ that restricts to zero in $H^3(A; \mathbb{Z})$ for every abelian subgroup $A \subset G$? If so, what is a ...

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### Torsion-free group that is not of type F but is virtually of type F

Recall that a group $G$ is of type F if there exists a compact $K(G,1)$.
There are many examples of groups which are not of type F but which are virtually of type F, that is, they have finite-index ...

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### natural map from $H^3(BG,\mathbb{Z})$ to $H^3(\underline E G,\mathbb{Z})$?

is there any natural map from natural map from $H^3(BG,\mathbb{Z})$ to $H^3(\underline E G,\mathbb{Z})$? where $G$ is a discrete group, $BG$ is the classifying space, and $\underline E G$ is the ...

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### Homology of Lie groups

Let $G$ be a Lie group and $G^{\delta}$ the underlying group (with discrete topology). Obviously, we have a continuous map of groups $i:G^{\delta}\rightarrow G$ which induces a map between classifying ...

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### extension problem for the Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence

For a generalized homology theory $h$ and a Serre fibration $F\rightarrow E\rightarrow B$, we can define an Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence\begin{equation}E^2_{p,q}=H_p(B,h_q(F))\Rightarrow ...

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### stability results for the Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence

For a generalized homology theory $h$ and a Serre fibration $F\rightarrow E\rightarrow B$, we can define an Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence\begin{equation}E^2_{p,q}=H_p(B,h_q(F))\Rightarrow ...

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### Explicit reference on generator of $H^4(BQ_8;\mathbb{Z})\cong \mathbb{Z}_8$ identified with second Chern class of standard representation

It is extremely well-known that $H^*(BQ_8;\mathbb{Z})=\mathbb{Z}[\alpha,\beta,\gamma]$ with relations $2\alpha=2\beta=8\gamma=\alpha^2=\beta^2=\alpha\beta-4\gamma=0$, $|\alpha|=|\beta|=2$ and ...

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### spectral sequence with non-trivial action on coefficients

Set-up:
Consider the trivial extension, where $p$ is the projection onto the $\mathbb{Z}_2$ component,$$1\rightarrow N\rightarrow N\times\mathbb{Z}_2\xrightarrow{p}\mathbb{Z}_2\rightarrow 1$$
Define ...

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### Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence and non-trivial action on coefficients

Consider an extension\begin{equation}1\rightarrow N\rightarrow G\xrightarrow{\rho} K\rightarrow 1\end{equation}Let $K$ act on a $K$-module $A$ by $\phi_k: a\mapsto k\cdot a$. Define a $G$-action ...

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### Fundamental theorem of K-theory for loop groups over $\mathbb{F}_1$?

As the title says, I would like to know what the fundamental theorem of algebraic K-theory would say over the field with one element. Recall that the fundamental theorem of K-theory provides a ...

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### Functors with Mayer-Vietoris Sequences

Let $F$ be a contravariant functor from some category of spaces (e.g. smooth manifolds or (compact?) topological Hausdorff spaces), to Abelian groups. Assume that for any open sets $U, V \subseteq X$ ...

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### What are the cohomology classes $H^d(BSO_\infty,Z)$ and $H^d(BO_\infty,Z)$?

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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### Cohomology of elementary Abelian p-group

Let $E=(\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z})^n$, an elementary Abelian p-group.
Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field of characteristic 0.
There is a good description of $H^*(E,F^{\times})$ where $F$ is a field ...

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### In H_2 of Sp(2g,Z), why does Meyer's signature cocycle give 4 times a generator?

Fix some $g \geq 2$, let $\Gamma_g$ be the mapping class group of a genus $g$ surface, and let $\pi : \Gamma_g \rightarrow Sp(2g,\mathbb{Z})$ be the projection. In
Meyer, Werner
Die Signatur von ...

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### Third cohomology of mapping class group

I would like to know the third cohomology with coefficients in $U(1)$ or $\mathbb{C}^\ast$ of the mapping class group of a surface of genus at least one. I found many results on the rational ...

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### Can group cohomology be used to study fiber bundles?

Is (non-abelian) cohomology used to study vector and principal bundles?
Can you give me a text or an article?
For example:
Consider a vector bundle $E$ with fiber $V$ and base manifold $M$.
Consider ...

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### n-cocycles of finite abelian groups from cohomology group

Question: Given a generic finite abelian group $G=\mathbb{Z}_{N^{(1)}} \times \cdots \times \mathbb{Z}_{N^{(k)}}$.
(1) What is the explicit forms of its cohomology group (see my definition) in a ...

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### Group cochains invariant under the action of the symmetric group

Let $G$ be a finite group and $A$ an abelian group. Recall the cochain groups
$$
C^k = \{f: G^k \to A\}
$$
and the coboundary map
$$
\delta : C^k \to C^{k+1}
$$
$$
(\delta f)(g_1, \ldots, g_{k+1}) ...

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### Double coset formulas for Orthogonal groups [Solved]

According to Madsen-Brumfiel "Evaluation of the Transfer and the Universal Surgery Classes" Inventiones mathematicae 32 (1976): 133-170 Theorem 3.11, we can compute
the composition
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### Maps between classifying spaces

Let $G$ be a discrete group and let $BG \simeq K(G,1)$ be its classifying space. Let $H$ be a topological group with classifying space $BH$.
In case $H$ is also discrete, it was pointed out in the ...

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### Analysis of Eilenberg-MacLane Stacks

In a series of three papers from the fifties, Eilenberg and MacLane did a pretty exhaustive study of what we now call "Eilenberg-MacLane spaces" and used a lot of machinery to do it, e.g. Whitehead's ...

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### A sort of “group-ring” construction on coefficient systems in group homology (+ special case involving GL(n,Z))

Let $G$ be a discrete group and $M$ be an $RG$-module for some ring $R$ (I'm happy to assume that $R = \mathbb{Q}$). Define $R[M]$ to be the set of $R$-linear combinations of formal symbols of the ...

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### Lyndon-Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence and cup products

First here is my setup:
Let $W$ be some group, and $C$ a normal subgroup of finite index, and let $W/C=G$. Now let $L$ be a a $G$-module on which $C$ acts trivially, so in particular we get on action ...

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### H^d[U(1)^n,U(1)] of the Borel cohomology and Chern-Simons theory

Firstly I apologize that I am a physicist, with a relatively unrigorous math training. My approach of the problem can be Feynman style. Below $Z$ is the integer $\mathbb{Z}$, and $U(1)$ Abelian group ...

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### Explicit 2-Cocycles of G=Z2×Z2xZ2 over U(1)

We know that group cohomology $H^2(G,U(1))$ consists of 2-cocycles $\beta(A,B)\in U(1)$ corresponding to elements in the group $H^2(G,U(1))$, where $A\in G,B \in G$. Note that $\beta(A,B)$ satisfies ...

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### Generalizations and limitations of Quillen's F-isomorphism theorem

Quillen proved in 1971 ("The Spectrum of an Equivariant Cohomology Ring: I,II") for a large class of groups $G$ including
compact Lie groups
groups of finite virtual cohomological dimension
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### Group cohomology of orthogonal groups with integer coefficient

I would like to know the group cohomology of orthogonal groups $SO(n)$, which is the topological cohomology of the classifying space of the group:
$H^*(BSO(n);\mathbb{Z}) = $ ? (for example for ...

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### Nonhyperbolic groups that contain no free abelian groups or Baumslag-Solitar groups

I've heard it conjectured that a finitely presentable group $G$ is hyperbolic if it satisfies the following two conditions.
$G$ contains no subgroup isomorphic to a Baumslag-Solitar group $BS(n,m)$ ...

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### Naturality of the transfer in group cohomology

Let $G$ be a (discrete) group and $H\le G$ a subgroup of finite index. Then there is a transfer map
$$tr\colon\thinspace H^\ast(H;M)\to H^\ast(G;M)
$$
in group cohomology, where $M$ is any $G$-module ...

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### Kuranishi map, group cohomology and the bar complex

Let $\pi$ be a group, $G$ a compact lie group with lie algebra $g$, $A:\pi\to G$ a representation which composes with the adjoint map to give $g$ a $\pi$-module structure. I want to construct a ...

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### Eilenberg-Mac Lane spaces for surface group extensions.

(The question has been edited. It was pointed out in the comments that $\Gamma_G$ could be a surface group, thought of as a finite extension of another surface group, in which case $G$ is finite.)
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### Mackey(also Green and Tambara) functors and Greenlees-May

This is somewhat related to a question that I asked on Math.SE but, sadly, received no response. I apologize ahead of time if this is not appropriate for MO. Feel free to vote to close if this is the ...

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### Extensions of topological groups

Suppose I have a central extension $1 \to U(1) \to \hat{G} \to G \to 1$ of a topological group $G$ by the circle group $U(1)$ in such a way that $\hat{G} \to G$ is a principal $U(1)$-bundle. Moreover, ...

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### cohomological dimension of a group acting on a product

I recently came across an interesting result of Kobayashi [Corollary 5.5], a special case of which is the following: Suppose $\Gamma$ is a discrete torsion free subgroup of $SL_n(\mathbb{R})$ which ...

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### For which rings R is SL_n(R) a virtual duality group

A famous theorem of Borel and Serre says that if $R$ is the ring of integers in an algebraic number field, then $\text{SL}_n(R)$ satisfies virtual Bieri-Eckmann duality. In other words, there exists ...

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### Transgressions commute with the Steenrod operations on the base and fiber in a central group extension?

The following sentence is quoted from the paper ON THE COHOMOLOGY OF SPLIT EXTENSIONS by D. J. BENSON AND M. FESHBACH:
In general, the differentials in the Lyndon-Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence
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### Profiniteness Condition for Hochschild-Serre Spectral Sequence?

This question may seem elementary to experts but I am quite confused about it:
According to the entry of Lyndon–Hochschild–Serre spectral sequence on wikipedia, for a group extension $1\to N\to G\to ...

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### How to Compute Transgressions in a Serre Spectral Sequence?

For a short exact sequence of groups $1\rightarrow A\rightarrow B\rightarrow C\rightarrow 1$ there is an associated fibration $K(A,1)\rightarrow K(B,1)\rightarrow K(C,1)$, which can be constructed by ...

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### Twisted homology of free products

Let $G_1$ and $G_2$ be groups and let $M$ be a vector space equipped with actions of $G_1$ and $G_2$. The free product $G_1 \ast G_2$ thus acts on $M$. How can one compute the twisted group homology ...

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### Homology of abelian groups and their finite-index subgroups

Fix some $1 \leq k \leq n$. I'm looking for finite-dimensional vector spaces $M_{n,k}$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ on which $\mathbb{Z}^n$ acts such that the natural map $H_k(\ell \mathbb{Z}^n,M_{n,k}) ...

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### The semidihedral group of order 16 and ko

Let $\mathcal{A}(1)$ denote the subalgebra of the $\mathrm{mod}\ 2$ Steenrod algebra generated by $\mathrm{Sq}^1$ and $\mathrm{Sq}^2$.
The cohomology with $\mathbf{F}_2$ coefficients of the ...

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### Cohomological dimension of a homomorphism

Let $G$ and $\Gamma$ be discrete groups, and let $\phi\colon\thinspace G\to \Gamma$ be a homomorphism.
Define its cohomological dimension $\operatorname{cd}\phi$ to be the least integer $d$ such that ...

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### Geometric Interpretation of the Lower Central Series for the Fundamental Group?

For any group G we can form the lower central series of normal subgroups by taking $G_0 = G$, $G_1 = [G,G]$, $G_{i+1} = [G,G_i]$. We can check this gives a normal chain
$G_0 > G_1 > ... > ...

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### Is there a Kan-Thurston theorem for fibrations ?

Given a fibration $F \to X \to B$ with all spaces path-connected. Is there a (discrete) group $G$ with normal subgroup $H$ such that
$$H^\ast(BG;\mathcal{A}) = H^\ast(X;\mathcal{A})$$
...

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### The Norm Map in (group) cohomology via classifying spaces

The well-known transfer map in group (co)homology can be defined with only homological algebra, or with algebraic topology via classifying spaces (group cohomology of $G$ is isomorphic to ordinary ...

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### Why is BG infinite dimensional for G finite ?

If $G \neq \lbrace 1 \rbrace$ is a finite group with classifying space $BG$
then there are infinitely many i such that $H^i(BG,\mathbb{Z}) \neq 0$. This
can be found, for example, there:
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### Group cohomology with $Z_2$ coefficient

I would like to know what are the group cohomology classes $H^d[Z_n, Z_2]$, $H^d[U(1), Z_2]$, $H^d[SO(n), Z_2]$, $H^d[SU(n), Z_2]$, etc. Thanks!
(Here the group cohomology $H^d[G, M]$ for a group ...

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### Kuenneth-formula for group cohomology with nontrivial action on the coefficient

For a trivial action on the coefficient, we have the following Kuenneth formula
for group cohomology:
$$
H^n(G_1 \times G_2; M) \cong
[\oplus_{i= 0}^n H^i(G_1;M) \otimes_M H^{n-i}(G_2;M)]
\oplus ...