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### Can group cohomology be interpreted as an obstruction to lifts?

The standard way to view the first and second group cohomologies is this:
The Standard Story
Let $G$ be a group, and let $M$ be a commutative group with a $G$-action. Then the first cohomology has ...

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### Cup-products and Transgression maps.

This question is related to Lyndon-Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence and cup products.
I have the followin result by J.S Milne in his book Arithmetic duality theorems pg 105.
Let $$0 \rightarrow C ...

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### Second nonabelian group cohomology: cocycles vs. gerbes

In 1965 Jean Giraud published two Comptes Rendus notes titled "Cohomologie non abélienne", and in 1971 he published a book with the same title.
In 1966 Tonny A. Springer's paper "Nonabelian $H^2$ in ...

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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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### Truncation of BG?

Let $G$ be a topological group. In some cases, e.g. when $G$ is discrete or when the spaces $G^n$ are locally contractible and the coefficients are discrete, the cohomology of the classifying space ...

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### Exponent of the cohomology of a product of groups

Suppose $G$, $H$ are finite groups and $M$ is a module over $G\times H$.
Question: Is the exponent of $H^i(G\times H,M)$ a divisor of $lcm(|G|,|H|)$ for $i> 0$ ?
The Künneth formula answers the ...

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### gluing gerbes over a spectrum of a field

A theorem of Giraud says that gerbes over a scheme $X$ bounded by a sheaf of Abelian groups $A$ are classified by elements of the etale cohomology group $H^2(X,A)$. Similar statements hold in other ...

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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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### Cohomological dimension of groups & number of generators

I have a torsion-free non-abelian nilpotent group $\Gamma$ of cohomological dimension $n$. Is it possible to say anything about the number of generators of $\Gamma$ in a minimal presentation?
Can I ...

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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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### clarify a question in group cohomology

In page 43 of Kenneth S.Brown's book "Cohomology of Groups", GTM 87, we have a proposition:
If $G=F(S)/R$ then there is an exact sequence $0\to R_{ab}\overset{\theta}{\to} ...

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### Homology groups of divisible and powered (nilpotent) groups

(1) Suppose $\pi$ is a set of primes and $G$ is a $\pi$-divisible nilpotent group, i.e., for any $g \in G$ and $p \in \pi$, there exists $x \in G$ such that $x^p = g$. Is it necessary that all the ...

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### Finiteness theorem for first-cohomology group of sheaf of holomorphic functions on compact Riemann surfaces

I have been reading Otto Forster's Lectures on Riemann Surfaces recently, and came across a question on section 15, Finiteness Theorem, which asserts that $H^1(X, \mathcal{O})$ is finite dimensional, ...

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### Explicit formula for Bockstein hom in group cohomology of elementary abelian p-groups

Suppose $G$ is an elementary abelian $p$-group of rank n (for simplicity we can assume n=1). Denote by $\beta$ the well-known Bockstein boundary map from $H^1(G,\mathbb F_p)$ to $H^2(G,\mathbb F_p)$. ...

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### The second homology of a group G and presentation complex of G

Let $G$ be a finitely presentable group. If we assume $H_2(G,Z/pZ) =0$, $p$ is a prime, then can we always find a finite presentation $\mathcal{P}$ of $G$ so that its presentation complex ...

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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 ...