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How does one calculate homotopy classes for group coset spaces?

Inspired by Witten's Wess-Zumino term arguments, I'm curious to know how one calculates homotopy classes more generally for coset spaces. In the above example the coset is $G/H=(SU(3)_L\times ...
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Must the union of these two aspherical spaces be aspherical?

Let $X$ be a reasonably nice topological space (say, a connected CW complex), and let $Y$ and $Z$ be reasonably nice connected subspaces of $X$ such that $X = Y \cup Z$. Suppose that $Y$, $Z$, and ...
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What does it mean for the $\Pi_\infty$ groupoid to be fully fibrant?

The original question I had was: If I have a sequence of simplicial spaces $$A\to B\to C$$ which is degree-wise a homotopy fibration, under which conditions is the geometric ...
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Finite homotopy limits commute with sequential homotopy colimits

I would like to know for what kind of model category finite homotopy limits commute with sequential homotopy colimits. Would cofibrantly generated and finitely locally presentable be enough? It seems ...
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Homotopy groups of an infinite wedge of 2-spheres

I know Hilton's result about a finite wedge of spheres, and I know that certain homotopy groups (such as the third homotopy group) can be directly calculated for an infinite wedge too. My question is ...
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even dimensional manifold homotopic to a symplectic or complex manifold

I have the following question: Let $M$ be an even dimensional Riemannian manifold. Under which conditions does there exists a homotopy to some symplectic manifold? is there any chance that such a ...
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Topological Hochschild cohomology?

Let $A$ be a $E_\infty$-ring spectrum. By EKMM, it may be treated as a commutative algebra in the appropriate category. In particular, one may define topological Hochschild homology as ...
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A problem on infinite dimensional metric space

Let $(X_{n},d_{n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence of complete geodesic metric spaces such that: $X_{n}$ is a regular$^1$ CW-complex of constant local dimension$^3$ $n$, it is of finite ...
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On triangulated categories of pro-objects

Which term is used for model categories whose homotopy categories are triangulated? Stable proper model categories? I want $Ho(Pro-M)$ to be triangulated ($Pro-M$ is the category of pro-objects of M) ...
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isotopy classes of embeddings of the torus

Let's consider $S^1$-bundle $E$ over a 2-manifold $M$. How many isotopy classes of embeddings of the torus $\mathbb{T}^2$ in $E$? For each free homotopy classes $\gamma$ of mappings of the circle ...
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A topos-theoretic thickening of the nerve functor

Let $\Delta$ be the standard cosimplicial space sending $[n]\mapsto \Delta^n\subset \mathbb R^{n+1}$. Then the correspondence $\delta\colon [n]\mapsto {\rm Sh}(\Delta^n)$ defines a cosimplicial ...
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The spheres operad

I have a rather naive question. Consider the space of all maps $$ S^{j_1} \times S^{j_2} \times \cdots \times S^{j_k} \to S^n $$ for all possible natural numbers $n, k, j_1, \cdots , j_k$. This ...
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Cobordism and finite sheeted covers of manifolds

Let $M$ be an oriented manifold, not necessarily compact. Let $M'$ be a (finite) $k$-sheeted cover and let $\pi:M'\longrightarrow M$ be the covering map. Question 1 : Is it true that $M'$ is ...
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Loops and suspensions of higher categories

Given a pointed $(\infty,n)$-category $\mathcal{C}$, one can define the suspension of $\mathcal{C}$, $\Sigma\mathcal{C}$, via the homotopy pushout of $$\ast\leftarrow \mathcal{C}\rightarrow \ast.$$ ...
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P.J. Hilton notes requested

Does anybody here have the mimeographed notes Homotopy theory and duality, by P.J. Hilton, Cornell University, 1959 ? I guess that those notes were never published online. I believe that some ...
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The state of the art in the rectification of homotopy-coherent structures

My question concerns rectification theorems for homotopy-coherent structures. As the meaning of this may be unclear, let me list a few examples of what I am thinking of: Cordier and Porter proved a ...
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The nerve-realization of $[n]\mapsto\Pi_1(\Delta^n)$

Consider the diagram Where the functor $G$ sends a topological space to the category having as objects its points, and arrows homotopy classes of paths, $\varrho$ "realizes" geometrically an ...
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Is there a Wall finiteness obstruction in other settings?

Let $\mathcal{S}$ be the $(\infty, 1)$-category of spaces. Then the compact objects of $\mathcal{S}$ are precisely the retracts of finite CW complexes. These are not the same as the finite CW ...
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Uniquely geodesic and CAT(0) spaces?

Improvement after J-M Schlenker's comment below : This post has been divided into two parts, the second part is here. Question : Is a finite dimensional metric space, uniquely geodesic if and only ...
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Homotopy problem for infinite dimensional topological space II

This post here is a specification of this post. Let $(X_{n},d_{n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ be a sequence of intrinsic metric spaces verifying : $X_{n}$ have topological dimension $n$. $X_{n+1}$ is ...
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Homotopy problem for infinite dimensional topological space

Let $X$ be an infinite dimensional topological space such that : $ \forall n \in \mathbb{N}$, $ \exists X_{n} \subset X$, $n$-dimensional subspaces verifying : $\forall r<n$, the homotopy ...
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What is a Homotopy between $L_\infty$-algebra morphisms

A $L_\infty$-algebra can be defined in many different ways. One common way, that gives the 'right' kind of morphisms, is that a $L_\infty$-algebra is a graded cocommutative and coassociative ...
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Homology of localisations of spectra

Let $H^*$ and $K^*$ be two cohomology theories, and $X$ a reasonable spectrum. Here, I'm thinking that $H^*$ is singular cohomology (and for my purposes, rational cohomology will suffice), and $K$ is ...
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Geometric realization of simplicial spaces and finite limits

Let $X_{\bullet}$ be a simplicial space and denote the (non-fat!) geometric realization by $\lvert X_{\bullet} \rvert$. Does this geometric realization of simplicial spaces preserve finite ...
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Conceptual explanation for the relationship between Clifford algebras and KO

Recall the following table of Clifford algebras: $$\begin{array}{ccc} n & Cl_n & M_n/i^{*}M_{n+1}\\ 1 & \mathbb{C} & \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z} \\ 2 & \mathbb{H} & ...
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When is the one-point compactification well-pointed?

This is a follow up to my previous question. Question: Is there a reasonably natural set of conditions which guarantee that the one-point compactification $X^+$ of a locally compact Hausdorff ...
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The cell structure of Thom spectra

I would like to understand the cell structure of integrally oriented Thom spectra. A Thom spectrum over a space $X$ is something you can build from a stable spherical bundle, which is classified by a ...
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Pontrjagin ring structure on homology of Eilenberg-Mac Lane spaces

Is there any good reference for the Pontrjagin ring structure on $$ H_\ast(K(\mathbb{Z}/2,k);\mathbb{Z}/2)\cong H_\ast(\Omega K(\mathbb{Z}/2,k+1);\mathbb{Z}/2)? $$ I am familiar with Serre's theorem ...
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Are there CW structures on homotopy limits of CW maps?

Consider the diagram of finite CW complexes $X \stackrel{f}\leftarrow Y$ where $f$ is a cellular map and note that its homotopy colimit is precisely the mapping cylinder $$C_H = \frac{X \sqcup (Y ...
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Components of a loop space, semidirect products, and multiplicativity

Let $(X, x_0)$ be a based topological space, and $\Omega X$ its based loop space. The group of path components of $\Omega X$ is $\pi_0(\Omega X) = \pi_1(X, x_0)$. For brevity, let's call this group ...
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Adding morphisms to a category without changing homotopy type

I have a really tame category $C$: there are only finitely many objects $C_0$, each hom-set $C(x,y)$ for $x,y \in C_0$ has at most one element, and (aside from identity morphisms) if $C(x,y)$ is ...
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Twisted product structure on product of Eilenberg-MacLane spaces

The product of Eilenberg-MacLane spaces $K(\mathbb{Z}/2,1) \times K(\mathbb{Z}/2,2)$ is an $H$-space with respect to a "twisted product structure", where you add the product of the first entries to ...
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When are maps between topological spaces homotopic?

I wanted to ask if there is any known mehod to quantify 'how many' homotopy classes of maps there are between two given topological spaces $X$, $Y$ (CW-complexes, say). So far I had the following ...
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Refined cofinality theorem for homotopy limits of spaces

If $C$ is a simplicial model category, $F\colon I\longrightarrow J$ a functor between small categories, and $X\colon J\longrightarrow C$ a diagram, the canonical map $holim_JX\longrightarrow ...
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Does abstract nonsense of model categories determine the “nonlinear” morphisms of $L_\infty$ algebras?

Recall that a Lie algebra is a module for the operad $\mathrm{Lie}$, which is freely generated by a binary antisymmetric operation $\beta$ modulo an equation that is quadratic in $\beta$. There is a ...
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What are finite homotopy types?

Starting from an ordinary 1-categorical point of view, there are various obvious candidate definitions for ‘finite homotopy type’: The homotopy type of a simplicial set that has only finitely many ...
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Homotopy as a general organizing principle

One of the realizations that led to the development of Homotopy Type Theory (HoTT) is that the ideas of homotopy theory have very broad applicability in mathematics. Indeed, Quillen model categories ...
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Bousfield localization before and after taking homotopy

The ncatlab says: Under suitable conditions it should be true that for $C$ a model category whose homotopy category $\mathrm{Ho}(C)$ is a triangulated category the homotopy category of a left ...
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How does it End?

A recent project has forced my colleague and me to take a rather abstract approach to dynamical systems, and the following definition arose naturally in that context. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a category. ...
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Identifying the little disk operad with parenthesized braids

Let $D_2$ be the topological operad of little disks. This operad can be modelled "combinatorially" in terms of an operad of groupoids called $\newcommand{\PaB}{\mathbf{PaB}}\PaB$, the operad of ...
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Etale cohomology of and forms of algebraic groups

Let $k$ be a field, and $K$ its separable closure. Consider two different $k$-schemes, $X$ and $Y$, which become isomorphic upon extension of scalars to $K$: $X_K \cong Y_K$. Then the etale ...
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Unicity up to homotopy of simplicial enrichments

On the one hand, in their paper Simplicial structures on model categories and functors, Rezk, Schwede and Shipley proved that a simplicial model category structure on a given model category is unique ...
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Why is the path fibration a strong Hurewicz fibration?

In May and Sigurdsson "Parametrized homotopy theory" there is a general treatment of Hurewicz style model structures in Chapter 4, see definitions 4.2.1 and 4.2.2. I am trying to adapt these to a more ...
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When does localization preserve homotopy type of classifying spaces?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small category and $\Sigma$ a collection of morphisms in $\mathcal{C}$. Denote by $F_\Sigma:\mathcal{C} \to \mathcal{C}[\Sigma^{-1}]$ the usual quotient functor from ...
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prequantization on $TM \bigoplus T^*M$

Let $M$ be a pre-symplectic manifold.In recent years several Geometrists are working on $TM \bigoplus T^*M$ which has fascinated the complex and Poisson geometry. In recent decade also Nigel Hitchin ...
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Open Problems in Algebraic Topology and Homotopy Theory

Some time ago (I see it was initially written before 1999?) Mark Hovey assembled a list of open problems in algebraic topology. The list can be found here. Some of the problems I know about have been ...
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Strictly commutative elements of $E_\infty$-spaces

Let $X$ be an $E_\infty$-space (not necessarily grouplike). Let $x \in \pi_0 X$ be an element; say that $x$ is strictly commutative if there is a map of $E_\infty$-spaces $\mathbb{Z}_{\geq 0} \to X$ ...
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Motivic homotopy spectral sequence

I would like to have a question about the re-index convention. Let us consider a spectrum $E$ (I am mainly interested in motivic setting, however let's consider the simplicial case firstly, i.e. $E$ ...
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Homotopy limit-colimit diagrams in stable model categories

It is shown in Remark 7.1.12 of (a newer version of) Mark Hovey's book Model Categories that, in a stable model category, homotopy pullback squares coincide with homotopy pushout squares. The argument ...
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Correspondence between operads and $\infty$-operads with one object

Given a simplicial operad one can form its category of operators. This is a simplicial category with a functor to the category of finite pointed sets which is a bijection on objects and whose ...