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The homology of the braid group with coefficients in the Burau representation

Let $B_n$ denote the braid group with $n$ braids. The Burau representation $B_n\to GL_n(\mathbb{Z}[t^{\pm1}])$ makes $(\mathbb{Q}[t^{\pm1}])^n$ a $B_n$-module. I am curious in knowing what $H_i(B_n, ...
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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 low-degree group cohomology of the mapping class group of a surface

Let $MCG_g$ be the mapping class group of genus $g$ closed surface. (Say $MCG_1=SL(2,Z)$). I would like to know what is the group cohomology of $MCG_g$ with coefficients in Z, such as ...
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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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Interesting families of groups as group extensions

Let me start this question with an example that hopefully makes clear what I am looking for: A discrete subgroup $G$ of the group of euclidean isometries of $\mathbb{R}^d$ is called 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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What is a higher genus analogue of the Pontryagin product?

Given a compact oriented aspherical $3$--manifold $M$ with torus boundary $\partial M\simeq T^2$ (e.g. a knot complement), the condition that the images in $\pi_1 M$ of basis $x,y\in \pi_1 T^2$ under ...
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Cohomology of the infinite loop space of the affine grassmanian (as in the generalized Mumford conjecture)

I've been reading Hatcher's survey "A short exposition of the Madsen-Weiss theorem". In it, he outlines a nice proof of the "generalized Mumford conjecture", which asserts that the stable cohomology ...
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Interesting representations/cohomology of surface groups?

For purposes of my own, I'm interested in constructing connected spaces, without recourse to geometric realisation or the like, that have non-trivial homotopy groups in dimension 1 and 2 and are not ...