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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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geometric interpretation of the transgression map

Let $X$ be an algebraic variety over an algebraically closed field $k$ and let a finite group $G$ act on it so that it acts freely on the generic fibre of the projection $X \to X/G$, so ...
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Mod-p cohomology of $GL(n,p^d)$

In the classic paper On the Cohomology and K-Theory of the General Linear Groups Over a Finite Field, Quillen proved (Theorem 6): $H^i(GL(n,p^d),\mathbb{F}_p)=0$ for $0 < i < d(p-1)$ and ...
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Taking invariants under pro-p-group is exact?

Let $l$, $p$ be primes. Is it true that the functor of taking invariants under pro-$p$-group $P$ of finite-dimensional $\mathbb Q_l$-vector spaces ($l\neq p$) is an exact functor? Thanks! NOTE 1: I ...
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Which limits does group cohomology commute with?

For a discrete group G, if $M$ is a direct/inverse limit of $M_i$, is $H^i(G, M)$ the direct/inverse limit of the $H^i(G, M_i)$? Of course, cohomology commutes with finite direct sums, but how about ...
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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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Computing the cardinality of cohomology groups

I hope this question is not unreasonably broad. It is about calculating or at least bounding the cardinality of cohomology groups in case they are finite. Let us assume we are given a group $G$ and a ...
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Transfer map for group homology.

I'm trying to figure out what the transfer map looks like in a specific case. Here's the set up Let $G$ be a group and $H$ a subgroup of finite index, and let $h_{i}$ for $i=1,..,n$, be coset ...
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Transgression maps in group cohomology and group homology / duality of spectral sequences

I am interested in whether the transgression maps for group cohomology and group homology are related via a version of the universal coefficient theorem. Let $G$ be a group, $H$ a normal subgroup of ...
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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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Computations of cup products in Serre's Local Fields

I have been reading the appendix in Serre's Local fields, to do with explicit computations of cup products (pg 176), but I'm stuck on one bit of lemma 4. It goes as follows Let B be a $G$-module, $u: ...
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Does this subgroup of “even braids” have a name?

The full braid group on $n$ strands $B_n$ admits a surjective homomorphism $p\colon\thinspace B_n\to \Sigma_n$ onto the symmetric group on $n$ letters, which takes a braid to the induced permutation ...
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galois cohomology over finite field

Let $X$ a smooth projective geometrically connected curve over a finite field $k$. Let $J$ a smooth commutative group scheme over $X$ and $F$ the function field of $X$. Do we have a formula to ...
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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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An isomorphism between different Ext's coming from group cohomology

Let $G$ be an abelian group and $M$ a $G$-module with trivial action. It is well-known that $H^2(G,M)$ classifies extensions of $G$ by $M$, which is $\mathrm{Ext}^1_{Ab}(G,M)$. On the other hand ...
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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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Evens norm as a derived functor

In the theory of cohomology of groups there are several important maps between cohomologies: restriction, inflation, transfer and Evens norm. The first three of them can be clearly seen on the level ...
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Why do we use the diagonal for diagonal approximations ?

First recall how the cup product is defined for the cohomology of a group $G$: Fix a projective resolution $P \to \mathbb{Z}$ over $\mathbb{Z}G$. Then $P \otimes P \to \mathbb{Z} \otimes \mathbb{Z} ...
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Modified radical group of a Kummer extension

If $K/k$ is a degree $p$ Kummer extension of number fields (so $k$ contains the $p^r$th roots of unity for some $r \geq 1$ --- let's also assume $K/k$ is not generated by $p$-power roots of unity), I ...
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Why is the transfer map Tate-dual to restriction ?

In one of their papers (before Theorem 7.2), Benson and Carlson state that the transfer map is Tate-dual to the restriction homomorphisms (also see Remark 1.3 of this recent paper). More ...
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Computing Slim Extensions representing Ext

Hey Everyone Let $A$ be an algebra over a field (group rings $k[G]$ for group cohomology, the Steenrod Algebra). We want to compute, say, $Ext_A(k,k)$, so let $F_*\to k$ be an $A$-free resolution. ...
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reference for (co)homology theories

Hi everyone, Every now and then, I find myself dealing with such or such (co)homology theory, and I'm frustrated I don't feel more comfortable around it. I was wondering if someone could recommend a ...
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Dimension of the cohomology ring of an extension of groups

Given an extension $1 \to N \to P \to Q \to 1$ of p-groups. Is it true that $$\dim H^\ast(P,\mathbb{F}_p) = \dim \text{im}(res^P_N) + \dim \text{im}(inf^P_Q)$$ where $\dim$ denotes the Krull ...
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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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Does the following “symmetric” 2nd cohomology group of a finite group with coefficients in $Z_2$ always vanish?

Let $G$ be a finite group. Usually, a 2-cocycle on $G$ with values in $\mathbb{Z}\_2 = \{+1, -1\}$ is a collection of signs $\epsilon_{g,h} \in \{+1, -1\}$, $g,h \in G$, satisfying the cocycle ...
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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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Can the Bockstein spectral sequence be used to compute cohomology rings ?

If $G$ is a finite group then there is the so-called Bockstein spectral sequence $$E_2^n = H^n(G,\mathbb{F}_p) \Rightarrow \begin{cases} \mathbb{F}_p & n =0 \newline 0 & n>0\end{cases}$$ ...
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Extensions of orthogonal groups of torsion quadratic forms.

Hi. This is related to a question I asked earlier. The setup is: Let $L$ be an $n$-dimensional lattice with an integer valued quadratic form $q$. Fix a basis $e_i$ for $L$ and let $K_{ij} = ...
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Is it true that there are exactly two conjugacy classes of order two elements in Out(R)?

In the title, $R$ stands for the hyperfinite III1 factor. An order two element $\alpha\in Out(M)$ ($M$ any factor) has an invariant $c(\alpha)\in H^3(\mathbb Z/2,S^1)=\mathbb Z/2$. Q: Is $c$ the ...
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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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When does a homomorphism factor through a free group?

Let $f\colon\thinspace G\to H$ be a surjective homomorphism of finitely generated groups. Are there any methods to decide whether $f$ factors through a free group? That is, does there exist a free ...
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Uniqueness of the rank of the core of a lattice

In the paper P.J. Webb: Bounding the ranks of ZG-lattices by their restrictions to elementary abelian groups. J. Pure Appl. Algebra 23 (3) (1982), 311-318. the author writes in the introduction ...
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Calculating $H^n(G, \mathbb{Z}G)$ as co-homology with compact support of a proper co-compact $G$-CW-complex $X$

This question was originally posted to Math.StackExchange, but having got no response there, I'm reposting it here. I apologise if it is too elementary for this site. (Original post: ...
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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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Which information can be obtained from Poincaré series ?

If $A= \bigoplus_{i\ge 0}A_i$ is a graded commutative Noetherian algebra over a field, its Poincaré series is given by $P(t) = \sum_{i\ge 0} \dim(A_i)t^i$. Although the definition of $P(t)$ only ...
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Interpretation of universal coefficients theorem for group cohomology

Suppose $G$ and $A$ are abelian groups (I'm setting $G$ abelian to keep the discussion simple, though there are analogues for non-abelian $G$) with $G$ acting trivially on $A$. By the universal ...
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Whether such an algebra has to be the Group algebra

Let $\mathbb C$ be the field of the complex numbers, $\mathbb Q$ the field of the rational numbers. Let $G$ be an additive subgroup of $\mathbb Q$. $R$ is an commutative algebra over $\mathbb C$, ...
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Cohomological dimension of finitely presented group

I have a group of cohomological dimension 2 generated by two elements. Is it possible to deduce that the group is commutative or, more generally, does $\mathrm{cd}\ G=2$ imply anything about the ...
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Isomorphisms of group extensions arising from antisymmetric forms

Let $V,W$ be topological vector spaces and fix continuous antisymmetric bilinear forms $\omega_1:V\times V\to \mathbb{R}$, $\omega_2:W\times W\to\mathbb{R}$. Since $\omega_1$ is a 2-cocycle (in fact ...
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Finiteness theorems for profinite groups

Let $G$ be a profinite group which fits in the following short exact sequence: $$ 1\rightarrow N\rightarrow G \rightarrow K\rightarrow 1 $$ Assume that $N$ is a pro-$p$ group and that $K$ is ...
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Proofs of the Stallings-Swan theorem

It is a well-known and deep${}^\ast$ theorem that if a group $G$ has cohomological dimension one then it must be free. This was proved in the late 60's by Stallings (for finitely generated groups) and ...
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Second cohomology of group of $S_n$

Hello, Let $k$ be a field of characteristic different from $2$. Let $n\geq 1$ be an integer, and let $T$ be the maximal torus of the $k$-algebraic group $PGL_n$, namely the quotient of diagonal ...
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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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Conditions for the restriction $H^i(G,A)\to H^i(H,A)$ being surjective

I was wondering what the condition is for the restriction map (in group cohomology) $H^i(G,A)\to H^i(H,A)$ to be surjective. I am a little confused about when maps between cohomology groups are ...
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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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First group homology with general coefficients

When $G$ acts trivially on $M$, the first homology group is just the abelianisation of $G$ tensored with $M$, i.e. $H_1(G;M)=(G/[G,G])\otimes_\mathbb Z M$. Is there any similar statement when $G$ ...
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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 ...