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Is the action of $G$ on $H_1(T^n, \mathbb{Z}) = \mathbb{Z}^n$ faithful?

Let $G$ be a finite group of diffeomorphisms of the torus $T^n$ fixing some point $p$, i.e. $p$ is fixed by every element of $G$. I have two questions. Is the action of $G$ on $H_1(T^n, \mathbb{Z}) =...
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Is there a Riemannian metric on the $2$-ball $B^2$ which has negative sectional curvature everywhere, and such that the boundary is concave?

Is there a Riemannian metric on the $2$-ball $B^2$ which has negative sectional curvature everywhere, and such that the boundary is concave; i.e. the geodesic curvature along the boundary points ...
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coefficient of homology of configuration spaces over real projective spaces

In the slides Characteristic Classes of Surface Bundles and Configuration Spaces, Miguel A. Xicot'encatl, page 38, what is the coefficient of the following homology? Could the coefficient be an ...
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Generalized Jordan theorem and winding number

By the generalized Jordan theorem any continuous injective map $S^{n-1} \hookrightarrow R^n$ splits $R^n$ into two regions, one being bounded (interior) and the other one unbounded (exterior). It ...
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What are the 4 convex simplicial 4-polytopes that have 6 vertices?

In Convex polytopes and related complexes by Klee and Kleinschmidt they state the number of $d$-polytopes with $d+2$ vertices is $\lfloor \frac{d^2}{4}\rfloor$. I was wondering what the four $4$-...
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Dimension in Whitney's theorem

There are some interesting examples of (classes of) manifolds for which I suspect that the Whitney theorem can be strenghtened. For example it is known that every (smooth) $n$-dimensional manifold can ...
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$A_{\infty}$-structure on closed manifold

Is there an exmaple of a closed smooth connected manifold $M$ having a structure of $A_{\infty}$-space (with unit) but $M$ is not homeomorphic to a compact connectd Lie group as space ? Edit: First, ...
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Do vanishing characteristic classes of the tangent bundle imply a manifold is stably frameable?

Suppose we know that all stable characteristic classes of the tangent bundle of a manifold $M$ vanish, i.e. the map $f:M\rightarrow BO$ stably classifying the tangent bundle is trivial on cohomology, ...
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boundary of semihyperbolic groups

There are various definitions of boundary of a hyperbolic group. Which of those generalize to semi-hyperbolic groups (in the sense of Alonso and Bridson)? The example I have in mind is a semisimple ...
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Homology of the subcomplexes of the “diamond shaped” sphere under 1-norm in $R^n$ as a simplicial complex

The 1-norm on $\mathbb{R}^n$ is defined by $\|v\| = |v_1| + |v_2| + \cdots + |v_n|$ for a vector $v = (v_1, \ldots, v_n) \in \mathbb R^n$. The unit sphere $S^{n-1}_1$ under the 1-norm is a simplicial ...
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Maximal TB number and slice genus relation of a knot in any 3-manifold

Lisca-Stipsicz say that if a knot $K\subset{S^{3}}$ satisfies $g_{s}(K)>{0}$ and $TB(K)=2g_{s}(K)-1$ then $S^{3}_r(K)$ carries positive, tight contact structures for every $r\neq{...
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Is the restriction map for embeddings of manifolds with boundary a fibration?

Let $M$ and $W$ be smooth manifolds (possibly with boundary) and $V\subseteq W$ a submanifold. We have a map between embedding spaces $$Emb(W,M)\rightarrow Emb(V,M)$$ given by restriction. Richard ...
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Stable homotopy groups of $RP^{\infty}$

Are the stable homotopy groups $\pi^s_i(\mathbb R P^{\infty})$ known for small $i$? In particular, I would be interested in the values for $i = 5,6$. A quick Internet search did not lead to anything.
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A generalized ellipse

We know that an ellipse is the locus of all point $z$ in the plane with $$|z-a|+|z-b|=\lambda$$ where $a,b$ are two given points in the plane and $\lambda$ is a constant. Now we consider the ...
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Local product structure of determinantal variety

The variety $X_n$ of singular $n\times n$ real matrices is stratified by smooth strata $X_{n,k}$ where $k$ is the rank. Choose a rank $k$ matrix $A\in X_{n,k}$. Is there a local diffeomorphism sending ...
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Admissibility in Heegaard Floer, especially with torsion Spin^c structures

I'm confused about the relationship between strong admissibility and weak admissibility for pointed diagrams in Heegaard Floer theory. For reference, here are Ozsváth-Szàbo's original definitions: ...
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Simply connected noncompact surfaces

Is there a theorem saying that any noncompact, simply connected topological surface is homeomorphic to the plane ? There seems to be many well-known results about the classification of compact ...
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Intersection patterns of loops on surfaces

Let $a,b$ be to simple closed loops on a surface $S$ with homologically trivial intersection (more generally I'm also interested in the case when $b$ is 1-codimensional). Denote their intersection on $...
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Approximation of a volume-preserving Hölder homeomorphism by diffeomorphisms?

Is it known whether a volume-preserving Hölder homeomorphism of an arbitrary manifold can be approximated by a volume-preserving diffeomorphism? The answer is clearly no if the volume-preserving ...
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Random links and $3$-manifolds

In Jeffrey Weeks book "The Shape of Space" he explaines at the end of Chapter 18 (on page 255) the following about the geometrization conjecture: A non-trivial connected sum $M_1\# M_2$ admits a ...
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Asymptotic dimension of Bicombable groups

Do Bicombable Groups have finite asymptotic dimension?
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Hyperbolic 3-manifold groups acting on the plane

Can the fundamental group of a closed hyperbolic 3-manifold act freely on the plane by homeomorphisms? Freely and cocompactly? Freely, cocompactly, and preserving orientation?
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Homeomorphism between (-1,1)×[-1,1) and [-1,1]×[-1,1) [closed]

Can one construct homeomorphism between (-1,1)×[-1,1) and [-1,1]×[-1,1)? If so, please show me how to construct it.
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stabilization of Legendrian knots

There are two ways to stabilize a Legendrian knot $k$ in standard contact sphere $(S^3,\xi_{st})$ i.e. adding right cusps or left cusps, let's call these two stabilized Legendrian knots $k_R$ and $k_{...
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pizza lemma (topology)

given six real-analytic arcs in the unit disk $D$, each of which connects the origin to a boundary point, and no two arcs meet anywhere except at the origin, and the arcs meet at equal (60 degree) ...
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Braids with an infinite number of strings

Has anyone developed a theory for braids with an infinite number of strings?
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Existence of non-negative extensions of smooth functions on axes

I am struggling to solve an extension problem of smooth functions, and I would like someone to help me. The setting is as follows: Let $X_1$, $X_2$, and $T$ be either the real lines $\mathbb R$ or ...
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Construction of invariants of 4-manifolds with the Kirby calculus

I'm an undergraduate student, interested in the low dimensional topology, in particular, the 4-manifold theory. I have a question. In the knot theory, the Reidemeister moves play fundamental roles. ...
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Extra large spherical joins

If $X$ and $Y$ are piecewise spherical complexes, then their spherical join $X * Y$ is CAT(1) if and only of $X$ and $Y$ are CAT(1) (see the appendix of the first Charney-Davis paper below). One of ...
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group actions on fibre bundles

Suppose that we have a group $G$ acting on the spaces $E$ and $B$. Suppose moreover that we have fibre bundles $\xi$ and $\eta$ in the following commutative diagram If $\xi$ is a trivial bundle, i.e....
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Uniform continuity of length function on geodesic currents

I'm starting to study geodesic currents and I have a question concerning uniform continuity. Let's take $S$ a closed surface of genus $g$ and $GC(S)$ the space of geodesic currents on $S$ (as it is ...
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Wild half-line in a Euclidean space

Is there an $m$-dimensional simplicial complex $S$ with the following properties: The cone over $S$ is homeomorphic to $\mathbb{E}^{m+1}$. Here $\mathbb{E}^{m+1}$ denoes the $(m+1)$-dimensional ...
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Are all finitely generated subgroups of SL2 LERF? [closed]

Let $H \leq \mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{R})$ be a finitely generated subgroup. Must $H$ be LERF? A group $H$ is said to be LERF (locally extended residually finite), or subgroup separable, if its ...
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contact structure on double branched covers of $S^3$

We can assign a natural contact structure to double branched cover of a transverse knot $k$ in the $3$-sphere with its standard contact structure $(S^3,\xi_{st})$, as described in:http://arxiv.org/pdf/...
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lower bound for Perron-Frobenius degree of a Perron number

A Perron number is an algebraic number which is greater than one in absolute value and is greater than all of its Galois conjugates in absolute value as well. Lind's theorem states that any Perron ...
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Subgroups of the mapping class group of a surface generated by Dehn twists

Let $G$ be the mapping class group of a surface of genus $g > 1$. Is it known for which positive integer $k$ one can find a subgroup $H$ of $G$ generated by a finite number of Dehn twists and a ...
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Quasi-isometric rigidity of Nil

Let $Nil$ be the unique simply connected non-abelian three-dimensional nilpotent Lie group, i.e. the group of upper triangular matrices with all the eigenvalues equal to 1 (this group is also known as ...
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Classification of knots by geometrization theorem

I read this interview with Ian Agol, where he says: "...I learned that Thurston’s geometrization theorem allowed a complete and practical classification of knots." My question is: How does ...
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Survey of known results on equivariant transversality

Most basic differential topology theorems carry over to the equivariant case with mild modifications; see for instance Wasserman's paper. One thing that fails (more or less obviously) is equivariant ...
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cohomology module of unit tangent vector bundles over spheres

Let $S^m$ be the $m$-sphere and $\tau (S^m)$ the sphere bundle consisting of unit tangent vectors in the tangent bundle $TS^m$. Then we have a fibration $$ S^{m-1}\longrightarrow \tau(S^m)\...
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quotient space of Eilenberg-MacLane space

Let $\pi$ be a group and $K(\pi,1)$ the Eilenberg-MacLane space. Let $G$ be a finite group acting on $K(\pi,1)$ such that the following is a covering map $$ K(\pi,1)\longrightarrow K(\pi,1)/G. $$ ...
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homotopy equivalence between configuration spaces

Let $M$ be a $m$-dimensional compact manifold without boundary and $W(M)$ the non-compact $CW$-complex obtained by glueing $[0,1)\times (0,1)^{m-1}$ to $M$, identifying the boundary $\{0\}\times(0,1)^{...
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isotopy equivalence (topological meaning) between $CW$-complexes

Let $M$ and $N$ be $CW$-complexes. Definition. (different from the isotopy notion in geometry of submanifolds). A (topological) isotopy is a fibre-wise continuous map $$ F: M\times [0,1]\...
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embedding of quaternionic projective spaces

Let $\mathbb{H}P^m$ be the $m$-th quaternionic projective space. What is the smallest integer $N$ such that there exists an embedding $$ \mathbb{H}P^2\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^N? $$ Are there any ...
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homological 2 dimensional groups

In a Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici paper by Benno Eckman and Heinz Müller in 1980 (volume 50, pages 510-520) proved that poincaré Duality Groups of dimension 2 with positive first ...
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Ascending surfaces in the 4-ball

Let the standard symplectic structure on $B^4$ (viewed in $\mathbb{R}^4$ or $\mathbb{C}^2$) be given by $\omega=(1/2) d \eta$, for \begin{align*} \eta &:= x_1 \, dy_1 - y_1 \, dx_1 + x_2 \, ...
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Which compact 3-manifolds with boundary embed in $\mathbb{S}^3.$

This is a more sensible (IMHO) restatement of this question: Which Compact $3$-manifolds with boundaries embed in $\mathbb{S}^3?$ Is there any hope of a characterization?
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cohomology ring of compact submanifolds of Euclidean spaces

Suppose we have a compact $m$-dimensional submanifold $M$ of $\mathbb{R}^N$ and we want to know the cohomology ring $H^*(M;\mathbb{Z})$. Let $\epsilon>0$ and a $m$-dimensional finite simplicial ...
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Can an oriented closed $n(\geq 2)$-dimensional manifold be embedded in $\mathbb{R^{2n-1}}$

Can anyone provide me an example of an orientable closed manifold $M$ of dimension $n\geq 2$, which cannot be embedded in $\mathbb R^{2n-1}$? I know this is certainly not true when $n=1$, i.e. $S^1$....
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torsion part of the cohomology module of configuration spaces of manifolds

Let $M$ be a manifold and $C_n(M)$ the $n$-th unordered configuration space consisting of unordered $n$-tuples of distinct points in $M$. The mod $p$ homology module, $p$ prime, and the rational ...