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Is super-vector spaces a “universal central extension” of vector spaces?

Is there some sense in which the category $sVect$ of super-vector spaces is the "maximal non-trivial extension" of $Vect$ as a symmetric monoidal category? Is the $\mathbb Z/2$ that shows up in the ...
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Dimension of fixed points of Galois group actions

I have a question about fixed points of Galois group actions. I am hoping that this is easy for the experts. Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $0$. Let $K$ be a finite Galois extension of $k$ ...
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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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Inseparable Galois Cohomology

First let me give a general form of my question, and then I'll give some motivation and a more specific version of it. Let $K/k$ be a Galois extension of fields with Galois group $G$, and let $X$ be ...
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Continuous cohomology of semi-simple Lie group.

Let $G$ be a real connected semi-simple Lie group. Let $M$ be a finite dimensional representation of it. Are there general criteria when the continuous cohomology groups $H_{cont}^q(G,M)$ vanish? A ...
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Examples of Tate cohomology rings

If $G$ is a finite group with periodic cohomology then the Tate cohomology ring can be easily computed to be the localization $\hat{H}^\ast(G,\mathbb{Z}) = H^\ast(G,\mathbb{Z})_{(z)}$ where $z$ is a ...
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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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Large modules with non-trivial cohomology

Let $p$ be a prime and $F$ algebraic closer of $F_p$. I want to know if it is possible to construct family of groups $\{G_i\}_{i=1}^{\infty}$ and a family of simple modules $V_i$ over $F[G_i]$ of ...
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Hirsch length and cohomological dimension

It seems to be known that Hirsch length and cohomological dimension agree for (torsion-free, finitely generated) polycyclic groups. If we drop the assumption "torsion-free", then cd is of course ...
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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 ...
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Group cohomology of compact Lie group with integer coeffient

It is known that group cohomology class $H^d[U(1),Z]$ is Z for even d and 0 for odd d. Do we know $H^d[G,Z]$ for $G=SO(3)$, $SU(2)$ and other compact Lie group? Also is the Borel-group-cohomology ...
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Calculate the group cohomology classes $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z]$ and $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z_T]$

I would like to know what are the group cohomology classes $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z]$ and $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z_T]$, and/or how to calculate them. It can be shown that $H^d[U(1), Z]$ is $Z$ for ...
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A local-global question on group representations

Let $G$ be a group, and let $V$ be a finite dimensional $\mathbb Q$-linear representation of $G.$ By extension of scalars we obtain the $\mathbb Q_l$-linear representation $V_l=V\otimes\mathbb Q_l.$ ...
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Invariants and base change

Suppose $R$ is a Noetherian commutative ring, and $M$ a finite free $R$-module, with an action of a finitely generated discrete group $G$ by $R$-linear maps. Is there any homological condition on ...
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Subobject-poset (co-)homology

Given a group, there is another way to define its "(co-)homology" using a classifying space. Specifically, one takes the partially ordered set of its proper non-trivial subgroups (if they exist), and ...
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The relationship between group cohomology and topological cohomology theories

I was recently trying to learn a little bit about group cohomology, but one point has been confusing me. According to wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_cohomology and some other sources on ...
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Why does the Cheeger--Chern--Simons class descend to H_3(G/B)?

Cheeger and Simons here defined a family of characteristic classes for principal $G$-bundles ($G$ a Lie group). I'm interested in the special case of $\hat c_2:H_3(SL(2,\mathbb C);\mathbb ...
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Annulators for minimal primes in group cohomology

Let $G$ be a finite group and $p$ be an odd prime. It's known by work of Quillen that the minimal primes of $H^{2\ast}(G;\mathbb{F}_p)$ are in one-to-one correspondence with the maximal elementary ...
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Is there a general dilogarithm formula for the Cheeger--Chern--Simons class?

I'm looking for a generalization of the calculation of the hyperbolic volume and Chern--Simons invariant for $\operatorname{SL}(2,\mathbb C)$ representations in terms of the Rogers dilogarithm. ...
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Tabulation of known unstable rational homology of moduli space?

Does there exist a tabulation of the known rational homology of mapping class groups of genus $g$ with $m$ punctures? I'm most interested in the case when punctures can be permuted.
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Equivalence of central extensions of Abelian groups

Background: For a projective representation of $G$ on a Hilbert space there is a 2-cocycle $c:G\times G \to \mathbb T$ where the cocycle condition $\delta c=0$ reads $c(f,g)c(fg,k) =c(f,hk)c(h,k)$ ...
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H^4 of the Monster

The Monster group $M$ acts on the moonshine vertex algebra $V^\natural$. Because $V^\natural$ is a holomorphic vertex algebra (i.e., it has a unique irreducible module), there is a corresponding ...
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Is $\mathbb{Z}_p$ flat $\mathbb{Z}_pG$-module for a finite $p$-group $G$?

Hello? I have a simple question. Is $\mathbb{Z}_p$ flat $\mathbb{Z}_pG$-module for a finite $p$-group $G$? Here, $p$ is prime and $\mathbb{Z}_p$ means the integers localized at $(p)$. If not, is it ...
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Is the equivariant cohomology an equivariant cohomology?

Suppose a finite group $G$ acts piecewise linearly on a polyhedron $X$. Then there are two kinds of equivariant cohomology (or homology). $\bullet$ With coefficients in a $\Bbb Z G$-module $M$. A ...
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Posets of cosets and contractibility

For this question let $G$ be a group, perhaps infinite, and let $H_i$ for $i\in I$ be a (finite) family of subgroups closed under taking intersections. I am interested in the coset poset ...
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When is a Massey product the image of a Bockstein operator?

I have a discrete group $G$ and classes $x,y\in H^1(G;\mathbb{Q})$ (group cohomology with coefficients in the rationals viewed as a trivial $G$-module) such that the Massey product $$\alpha:=\langle ...
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Grothendieck's question on the Brauer group for groups

Let $G$ be a group, and let $M(G)=H^2(G,\mathbb{C}^*)$ be the Schur multiplier of $G$. There is a group $Br(G)$ of complex projective representations of $G$ modulo those that can be lifted to linear ...
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Group cohomology of an abelian group with nontrivial action

How do I compute the group cohomology $H^2(G,A)$ if G is a finite abelian group acting nontrivially on a finite abelian group A?
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How do I get the correct long exact sequence for relative group cohomology in terms of derived functors?

Background: I want to consider relative group cohomology: the construction is as follows. I have a subgroup $H\subseteq G$ (and note that I don't want to assume that $H$ is normal in $G$), and a ...
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Untwisting the Cohomology with Twisted Coefficients

This question is set on a finite $2$-group $G$ and a subgroup $H$ of index $2$ (but perhaps the question could be answered for arbitrary orders/indexes). It was asked here on MO whether ...
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Examples of p-groups exhibiting isomorphic mod-p cohomology rings.

Hello, given 2 different finite $p$-groups $G$ and $H$, $|G|=|H|=p^n$. It has been shown by Ian Leary that the mod-p cohomology rings do not determine the groups $G$ and $H$. In fact he gave an ...
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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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Non-vanishing of group cohomology in sufficiently high degree

Atiyah in his famous paper , Characters and cohomology of finite groups, after proving completion of representation ring in augmentation ideal is the same as $ K(BG)$, gives bunch of corollaries of ...
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metaplectic group does not split

I'm trying to understand the Weil representation and hope there are some experts around who can set me straight. Let $F$ be a non-Archimedean local field (I don't mind assuming that the characteristic ...
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universal cover of SL2(R): does it admit central extensions?

Is it true that the universal cover of SL2(ℝ) has no non-trivial central extensions... as an abstract group? (that's certainly true as a Lie group) Motivation: I have a projective action of ...
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Third bordism group of BG, where G is an arbitrary compact Lie group.

Is anything known about $\Omega_3(BG)$, where $G$ is an arbitrary compact Lie group; i.e., is it possible to describe the structure of $\Omega_3(BG)$ for any compact Lie group? I know that $H_3(BG)$ ...
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Embedding groups into groups with some vanishing homology groups

Which finite subsets $S \subset \mathbb{N}$ have the following property : every countable group $G$ embeds into a finitely generated group $\Gamma$ such that $H_i(\Gamma;\mathbb{Z})=0$ for all $i \in ...
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On the group homology

Let $G$ be a group satisfying $H_1(G;\mathbb{Z})$ is free abelian group and $H_i(G;\mathbb{Z})=0$ for $i\geq 2$. Is it true that $G$ is free group?
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central extensions of Diff(S^1) and of the semigroup of annuli

$\mathit{Diff}(S^1)$ refers to the group of orientation preserving diffeomorphisms of the circle. The semigroup of annuli $\mathcal A$ is its "complexification": the elements of $\mathcal A$ are ...
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A torsionfree group with infinite cohomological dimension and no infinitely generated free abelian subgroup

Recently I've been reading about cohomological finiteness conditions for groups, my main source being Brown's book "Cohomology of Groups". One of the first things one learns is that a group with ...
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Group cohomology with compact support

Let $\Gamma$ be a discrete group, $V$ a left $\Gamma$-module. One can define the groups $H^i(\Gamma,V)$ ($i=0,1,2,\dots$) in many ways, and then prove their equivalence: as derived functors of the ...
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Finitely generated subgroups of a product of free groups

Is it true that a finitely generated subgroup of a cartesian product of free groups has a finite cohomological dimension? The same question about pro-$p$ groups: Is it true that a finitely generated ...
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Tamagawa numbers of abelian varieties and torsion.

Let $A$ be an abelian variety defined over a number field $K$. Fix a prime $v \subset \mathcal{O}_K$, with underlying rational prime $p$. What relationship, known or conjectural (if any), should there ...
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corestriction and transversals

Is the corestriction map from a subgroup H to a group G, on the first Tate cohomology group H^1, dependent on the chosen transversal of H is G?
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Cup products and the transfer map

Let $G_1$ be a finite-index subgroup of $G_2$. Let $i : H^{\ast}(G_2) \rightarrow H^{\ast}(G_1)$ be the induced map of rings. There is then a transfer homomorphism $\tau : H^{\ast}(G_1) \rightarrow ...
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Why isn't the orbifold cohomology of $pt/G$ equal to the cohomology of $BG$?

The classifying space of a group $G$ is given by taking a contractible space $E$ equipped with a free $G$-action, and looking at the quotient, which we dub $BG$. The homotopy type of this space (and ...
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How to compute the cohomology of the general linear group with integral entries

Q: So how does one compute the cohomology groups $H^*(GL_n(\mathbf{Z}),\mathbf{Z})$? First note that $H^*(GL_n(\mathbf{Z}),\mathbf{Z})$ is isomorphic to $H_B^*(Y/GL_n(\mathbf{Z}),\mathbf{Z})$ (Betti ...
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An explicit description of $\operatorname{gr}(k \cdot G)$ for the filtration induced by the augmentation ideal?

Let $A$ be any bialgebra (associative, unital, etc.) over a ring $k$. Then among other things it has a counit $\epsilon : A \to k$, and hence an augmentation ideal $I = \ker \epsilon$, which is a ...
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Cohomologies associated to residually torsion-free nilpotent groups

This question is related to my previous question: Relationship between the cohomology of a group and the cohomology of its associated Lie algebra. A group $G$ is ${\it residually \ torsion \ free \ ...
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Nontrivial finite group with trivial group homologies?

I stumbled across this question in a seminar-paper a long time ago: Does there exist a positive integer $N$ such that if $G$ is a finite group with $\bigoplus_{i=1}^NH_i(G)=0$ then $G=\lbrace ...