Homotopy theory is an important sub-field of algebraic topology. It is mainly concerned with the properties and structures of spaces which are invariant under homotopy. Chief among these are the homotopy groups of spaces, specifically those of spheres. Homotopy theory includes a broad set of ideas ...

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From the perspective of bordism categories, where does the ring structure on Thom spectra come from?

To fix ideas, let's consider the Thom spectrum of framed bordism $M$, the spectrum whose homotopy groups are the framed bordism groups. $M$ has a ring spectrum structure inducing the product of ...
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How do you compute a homotopy colimit in a category of fibrant objects?

This question may be a bit vague, (so if suggested, can I make it community wiki), but I was wondering what techniques there exists for computing homotopy colimits in a category of fibrant objects. A ...
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Does simplicial localization with a 3-arrow calculus commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...
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Retracts of 2-categories

Let $\mathbf{C}$ be a strict $2$-category and let $M = \{(x_\alpha,y_\alpha)\}$ be a collection of object-pairs so that each hom-category $\mathbf{C}(x_\alpha,y_\alpha)$ has an initial element ...
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matrix ring spectra

I am trying to understand matrix ring spectra. Apparently, I have two different definitions of those and I did not manage to show that they are equivalent - maybe they even are not in the general ...
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When does simplicial localization commute with functor categories?

Let $(C,W)$ be a category with a class of weak equivalences, and $D$ a small category. Then I can form the diagram category $(C^D,W^D)$ with objectwise weak equivalences, and its simplicial ...
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Mapping complexes in the simplicial localization of the category of manifolds

Let $\mathit{Mfd}$ denote the category of smooth manifolds. Let $W$ denote all projections of the form $$M \times \mathbb{R} \to M.$$ Let $\mathit{Mfd}_W$ denote the Hammock localization of ...
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endomorphisms of modules over symmetric ring spectra

I have a probably very basic question about modules over symmetric ring spectra: Let $R$ be a commutative symmetric ring spectrum and let $M$ and $N$ be module spectra over $R$. Moreover, let ...
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Simplest example of non-trivial Toda bracket in spaces

Many sources give an easy definition of a Toda bracket $\{f,g,h\}$ of appropriate maps $W \to X \to Y \to Z$ in spaces as a subset of the homotopy classes of maps $[\Sigma W, Z]$ (for example, ...
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On the preservations of certain colimits (by covers) under simplicial localization (of a category of fibrant objects)

Suppose I have a category of fibrant objects $\mathcal{C}$ (with weak equivalences $W$ and fibrations $F$) together with a subcanonical Grothendieck pre-topology $J$ whose covering families consist of ...
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Equivalence of the total spaces of two Serre fibrations with equivalent fibers

Let $B$ be a connected pointed CW complex, let $E$ and $E'$ be two CW complexes and let $f\colon E\to B$ and $f'\colon E'\to B$ be two Serre fibrations. Let $g\colon E\to E'$ be a continuous map such ...
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Is there a non-zero ghost map between finite suspension spectra?

A morphism $f\colon X\to Y$ of spectra such that for every integer $n$ the induced map $\pi_n(f)\colon\pi_n(X)\to\pi_n(Y)$ on stable homotopy groups is zero is called a ghost map. Not every ghost map ...
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Topological quotient Hopf-algebras and “change-of-rings”

One way of constructing coalgebra objects in the homotopy theorist's category of spectra is to take the suspension spectrum of a space, with the diagonal providing a cocommutative comultiplication. ...
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Reference for comparison of heart cohomology with standard cohomology

I'm looking for a reference for the following fact (which I believe to be true and should be easy for people who understand how spectral sequences arise from filtrations). Let A,B be two hearts of ...
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Dennis trace map K----> THH

I have some questions about Dennis trace map in algebraic K-Theory. I was wondering if there is some conceptual way to look at this map $K(-)\rightarrow THH(-)$ (natural transformation from K-Theory ...
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Which reflexive coequalizer diagrams are projectively cofibrant?

Consider the walking reflexive pair category W, which consists of two objects 0 and 1 and three generating morphisms f: 0→1, g: 0→1, and h: 1→0 satisfying the relation fh=gh=id₁. Consider the ...
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Homotopy spheres with vanishing and non-vanishing $\alpha$-invariant

I'm unsure whether this question is appropriate for mathoverflow, so feel free to criticize. All manifolds are closed, smooth and have dimensions $n\ge 5$. The Atiyah-Shapiro-Bott-Orientation gives ...
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Picard-Brauer exact sequence for infinity categories

This question may be very naive, or the answer may be well-known. In any case, a good amount of googling did not bring up anything useful (maybe I'm using the wrong words?). If $f:A\to B$ is a ...
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Grothendieck's Homotopy Hypothesis - Applications and Generalizations

Grothendieck's homotopy hypothesis, is, as the $n$lab states: Theorem: There is an equivalence of $(∞,1)$-categories $(\Pi⊣|−|): \mathbf{Top} \simeq \mathbf{\infty Grpd}$. What are the ...
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Unobstructedness of braided deformations of symmetric monoidal categories in higher category theory

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic zero, and $\mathcal{C}$ be a $k$-linear additive symmetric monoidal category. A braided deformation of $\mathcal{C}$ over a local artin ring $R$ with residue ...
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Étale homotopy type of non-archimedean analytic spaces

The following is likely all obvious to the experts. But since the field looks tricky to an outsider, maybe I may be excused for asking anyway. I am wondering about basic facts of what would naturally ...
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Divisibility in homology/homotopy

I have a simply-connected CW-complex $F$ of finite-type, and I know that the imprimitivity of its particular integral homology is divisible by an odd prime $p$; that is, $$ \forall n,\exists \delta, ...
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Is the geometric realization of a level-wise weak equivalence a weak equivalence?

For the purposes of this question a topological space will mean a compactly generated weak Hausdorff space, though I am actually somewhat flexible on what category of topological spaces we use. I ...
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What (if anything) unifies stable homotopy theory and Grothendieck's six functors formalism?

I know of two very general frameworks for describing generalizations of what a "cohomology theory" should be: Grothendieck's "six functors", and the theory of spectra. In the former, one assigns to ...
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What non-categorical applications are there of homotopical algebra?

(To be honest, I actually mean something more general than 'homotopical algebra' - topos theory, $\infty$-categories, operads, anything that sounds like its natural home would be on the nLab.) More ...
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an explicit weak equivalence between $B{\mathbb G}_m$ and ${\mathbb P}^\infty$

OK, so I asked a similar question before; $B{\mathbb G}_m$ is a simplicial presheaf over number field $k$. I see that there is some $A^1$-homotopy equivalence between the sheaf represented by ...
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Group actions in a homotopy category

Let $M$ be a model category and $G$ a finite group, and equip the category $M^G$ of $G$-objects in $M$ with, say, a projective model structure. Then there is a canonical functor $$\mathrm{Ho}(M^G) ...
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The homotopy of universal Thom spectrum

Let $S^0_p$ be the $p$-adic sphere spectrum. Let $GL_1(S^0_p)$ be the set of unit componen of $\Omega^{\infty}S^0_p$. For any map $ X \to BGL_1(S_p^0)$ we get a Thom spectrum call it $Mf$. Now ...
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coend formulation of homotopy colimit

I have recently been trying to learn about homotopy colimits. In so doing, I have gone through way too many papers, and now I can't find the one which introduced homotopy colimits via a coend ...
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Homotopy factorization of morphisms of chain complexes

This is a sort of follow up to this MO question. Let $R$ be a ring (eventually with good properties) and $\mathrm{Chains}(R)$ be the category of chain complexes of $R$-modules (eventually bounded). ...
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How to understand $\mathcal{L}BG \simeq G/^{\text{ad}}G$ in term of simplicial sets?

First let $G$ be a topological group and $BG$ its classifying space. Let $\mathcal{L}BG=\text{Map}(S^1, BG)$ be the free loop space of $BG$. We can see that $\mathcal{L}BG$ has the homotopy type of ...
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Thom Spectra and Hopf-Galois Extensions of Ring Spectra

So I've been fiddling with this for a long time, so apologies to anyone that's already heard me talk about this ad nauseum. I haven't been able to get anywhere with it, and it seemed that as such, it ...
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Generator of $\pi_3(SU(4))$ in Mimura-Toda

In this paper of Mimura and Toda, tables are given for low-dimensional homotopy groups of $SU(3)$, $SU(4)$ and $Sp(2)$. As far as I understand it, Theorem 6.1 gives the generator of $\pi_3(SU(4))$ as ...
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Finite complexes whose homotopy groups are not “finitely generated”

I'll say $K$ has "finitely generated" homotopy groups if there is a finite wedge of spheres $W = \bigvee S^{n_i}$ and a map $f: W\to K$ which induces a surjection on $\pi_*$. It seems likely that ...
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How to calculate the first and second homotopy groups of the following space constructed from $U(4)$

In solving a physics problem, I came across a weird topological space constructed from $U(4)$, the group of $4\times4$ unitary matrices. I want to know the first two homotopy groups of it. Here is how ...
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Shriek push-forward for parameterized spectra

In May and Sigurdsson's Parameterized Homotopy Theory, Proposition 2.2.11, four isomorphisms of functors are given. For a pullback square of base spaces $C=holim(A\overset{f}\to B\overset{j}\leftarrow ...
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“Naïve”cobordism?

The naive view of (say, complex) cobordism of a space $X$ is that it should be the group generated by continuous families of closed manifolds parametrized by $X$. Acting even more naively, one may try ...
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$v_1$-periodic homotopy and principal bundle classification

This question came back to my mind while pondering this MO question. The classification of principal bundles is seriously difficult because of our lack of understanding of homotopy groups of compact ...
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When was the word “stable” first used to describe stable homotopy theory?

The word "stable" has many uses in mathematics, but in the context of stable homotopy theory, one might take it to mean one of two things: Homotopy groups stabilize after taking suspensions ...
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Modern versions of Verdier's hypercovering theorem?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small category equipped with a terminal object $1$ and a Grothendieck topology. (Assume $\mathcal{C}$ also has pullbacks, if it is more convenient.) The following is a ...
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Path objects in projective model structure

I want to know how path objects look like in the presheaf category $[\mathcal{B}(\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z})^{\text{op}}, \text{Gpd}]$. Note that this category is just groupoids equipped with involutions. ...
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A certain kind of simplicial complex

I'm interested in collections $\mathcal{C}$ of tuples $\mathbf{t} = (n_1, n_2, \ldots, n_r)$ of positive integers satsifying if $\mathbf{t}\in \mathcal{C}$ then so is any permutation of $\mathbf{t}$ ...
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Isomorphisms and higher homotopy

It is well known that a simply connected groupoid is already contractible. Thus, isomorphisms cannot model higher homotopy. But I wonder, is this a global phenomenon (because we consider categories ...
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When are automorphisms in categories homotopically trivial?

First, let $\mathcal{G}$ be a groupoid. Then an automorphism $\gamma\colon X\rightarrow X$ in $\mathcal{G}$ considered as a loop in the nerve of $\mathcal{G}$ is homotopic to the point $X$ if and only ...
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Infinity category of functors from a relative category to a model category

Let $M$ be a model category (maybe cofibrantly generated/combinatorial). Let $(C,W)$ be a relative category. I write $M^{(C,W)}$ for the full subcategory of $M^C$ on relative functors. This is a ...
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Cohomology operations over general rings [duplicate]

If $X$ is a topological space and $R$ is a commutative ring, then the singular cohomology groups $H^*(X,R)$ support cohomology operations coming from the homology of symmetric groups. If $R = ...
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“abstract” description of geometric fixed points functor

I'm sure this must be well known, but I could not find any references. My basic question is: Are there "abstract" descriptions of the geometric fixed point functors in equivariant stable homotopy ...
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When does a cohomology class induce an isomorphism between homotopy groups?

A representative $\alpha$ of a cohomology class $[\alpha]\in H^n(X;\pi_n(X))$ is equivalent to a map from $X$ into an Eilenberg-Mac Lane space as $\alpha:X\to K(\pi_n(X),n)$. After applying a ...
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I think I have a category enriched in $(\infty,n-1)$-categories. Is it an $(\infty,n)$-category?

I have recently been thinking about some mathematical gadgetry that should together combine into an $(\infty,n)$-category (actually, an $(n,n)$-category) for $n = 4$. I don't know what axioms I need ...
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Is there a homology theory that gives a *necessary and sufficient* condition for homotopy equivalence?

Is there a (non-Abelian) homology theory that realizes the following: Let $X,Y$ be manifolds with complexes $C(X),C(Y)$. Then $X$ and $Y$ are homotopy-equivalent if and only if $C(X)$ and $C(Y)$ ...