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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a construction on Stiefel manifolds

Are there any references concerning the following space $V(k,N,X)$ and $U(k,N,X)$? And the cohomology of these spaces? Thanks.
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The multiplication on $THH$ of finite fields

Let $k$ be a finite field, $THH(k)$ its topological Hochschild homology spectrum. For essentially formal reasons, we know that it's an $E_\infty$-algebra over the Eilenberg-Mac Lane spectrum $Hk$, and ...
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is there a moduli of stable infinity categories?

I know there exists a groupoid-valued prestack parameterizing (connected) triangulated dg-categories (ie the points of this moduli are not objects of a fixed dg-category, but rather dg-categories ...
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Model structure on non-negative differential graded algebras with homological grading

I was wondering if there exists a model structure on the category of non-negative differential graded algebras with homological grading. To be more precise: Let $Ch_{k}$ the model category of ...
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Alexander duality for non-manifolds

Let $X$ be a CW complex and $A$ a subcomplex. I will assume that both are compact, and that $X$ is $n$-dimensional. Furthermore, assume that the local homology of $X$ is that of a manifold in a ...
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Inverse limit in shape theory

Is the shape theory of Hausdorff compact spaces complete with respect to the inverse limit operation?--complete means that for every inverse system of Hausdorff compact spaces, and the shape morphisms ...
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Why does $Mf$ always support an $Mf$-orientation?

Let $f:X\to BGL_1(\mathbb{S})$ be a morphism of $E_n$-spaces and determine a principle $GL_1(\mathbb{S})$-bundle over $X$. Then it can be shown in the classical case that there is always a Thom ...
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When can a class in $H^1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ be represented by a fiber bundle over $S^1$

For a topological space M, It is known from homotopy theory that the elements of the first cohomology $H^1(M;\mathbb{Z})$ are in 1-1 correspondence with homotopy classes of maps $[M,S^1]$ In my case ...
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Homotopy transfer in the opposite direction

Let $X\rightleftarrows Y\circlearrowleft$ be a strong deformation retraction of chain complexes (a.k.a. contraction), i.e. $X\rightarrow Y\rightarrow X$ is the identity, $Y\rightarrow Y$ is a homotopy ...
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The classifying space of an infinite totally ordered set is contractible

I asked this question on math.stackexchange, but no one answered. Let $(X,\le)$ be a totally ordered set. Regarding it as a category, it has a classifying space $B(X,\le)=|N_\bullet(X,\le)|$. This ...
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Generalize $\pi_0(B\mathcal{C})\cong\{\text{objects}\}/\{\text{morphisms}\}$ to categories internal to topological spaces

Warmup: Let $\mathcal{C}$ be an ordinary category. Denote by $$B\mathcal{C}=(\coprod_{i\in\mathbb{N_0}}N_{i}(\mathcal{C})\times\Delta^i)/\tilde{}$$ its classifying space, i.e. the geometric ...
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Fundamental groups of stably parallelizable manifolds

Is it possible to realize every finitely presented solvable group as a fundamental group of a stably parallelizable closed n-manifold? If not, are there any known counterexamples?
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When does a map in the stable homotopy group gets killed when smashed with cone of itself?

Consider an element $e \in \pi_n^s(S^0)$, in the stable homotopy groups of sphere. Let $C$ denote the spectrum which is cone of $e$, i.e. $C$ fits in the cofiber sequence $$ S^n \to S^0 \to C.$$ ...
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unordered configuration space of pointed space

Let $(X,*)$ be a pointed topological space. Let $F(X,k)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\in X^k\mid x_i\neq x_j, i\neq j\}$. Let $F(X,k)/S_k$ be the $k$-th unordered configuration space. Is there an inclusion ...
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What if homotopy were expanded to allow any connected space instead of [0,1]?

What would happen to homotopy theory if we used a more general definition of homotopy, based on general connected spaces rather than [0,1]? Given continuous $f,g:X\to Y$, define $f$ and $g$ to be ...
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Differentials in the Adams Spectral Sequence for spheres at the prime p=2

How does one compute the differentials in the Adams Spectral Sequence for spheres at the prime 2 in the range $13\le t-s\le 20$? There seem to be 6 nonzero differentials, and at this point I only ...
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How to show the following two definitions of homotopy monomorphism are equivalent?

Let $M$ be a model category. In Toen's The homotopy theory of dg-categories and derived Morita theory Page 11 it is written: a morphism $x \to y$ in a model category $M$ is called a homotopy ...
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Is the suspension of a weak equivalence again a weak equivalence?

Of course, the answer to this question depends on what we mean by suspension. If we work with based spaces and take the reduced suspension, the answer seems to be NO: Take $X = \mathbb N$ (a ...
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Unordered configuration space of $\mathbb{R}P^1$

In the paper GEOMETRY OF TRUNCATED SYMMETRIC PRODUCTS AND REAL ROOTS OF REAL POLYNOMIALS, JACOB MOSTOVOY, Bull. London Math. Soc. (1998) 30 (2): 159-165, Theorem 2. (b): ...
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Do there exist nontrivial motivic cohomology operations preserving weights?

Suppose that for each field $F$ a linear map $X(F): H_M^{p,q}(F, \mathbb{Q}) \longrightarrow H_M^{p,q}(F,\mathbb{Q})$ is given, such that $X$ commutes with inclusions of fields and transfers for ...
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What are the uses of the homotopy groups of spheres?

Pete Clark threw down the challenge in his comment to my answer on Why the heck are the homotopy groups of the sphere so damn complicated?: Have the homotopy groups of spheres ever been applied to ...
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When is a continous $\epsilon$-isometry of the sphere surjective?

Equip $\mathbb S^n$ with the standard round metric. Let $f : \mathbb S^n \to \mathbb S^n$ be a continous map satisfying $\vert d(f(x),f(y)) - d(x,y)\vert \leq \epsilon$. Is $f$ is surjective for all ...
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Homotopy (co)limit (co)cones

Let $\mathscr{M}$ be a model category and let $\mathscr{I}$ be a small category. Consider any homotopy colimit functor ...
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$\pi_0$ of a cosimplicial space

Let $n\mapsto X^n$ be a cosimplicial simplicial set and $X:= \underset{\longleftarrow}{\rm holim}\ X^n$ the homotopy limit. Is the natural map $$ \pi_0(X) \to \underset{\longleftarrow}{\rm lim}\ ...
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Why should have Peter May worked with CGWH instead of CGH in “The Geometry of Iterated Loop Space”?

This is a follow-up to Dan Ramras' answer of this question. The following correction can be found in the errata to The Geometry of Iterated Loop space (Page 484 here). The weak Hausdorff rather ...
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Direct proof that the model category of cdgas is left proper

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $0$. The projective model structure on the category $cdga$ of commutative differential graded $k$-algebras is proper. Since this model structure is transferred ...
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When are principal bundles preserved by colimits?

Let $G$ be a topological group and consider a family $$G\rightarrow E_i\rightarrow B_i$$ of $G$-principal bundles indexed over the natural numbers. Suppose we have $G$-bundle morphisms (equivariant ...
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Dyer-Lashof operations and the homology of GL_n

For any ring R, $\bigsqcup_n {BGL}_n(R)$ is an $E_\infty$-space. Are there examples of rings where people have calculated $H_*(\bigsqcup_n {BGL}_n(R);\mathbb{Z}/2)$ and determined the Dyer-Lashof ...
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Classifying space of a colimit of topological categories

Say I have a diagram $D:I\rightarrow\text{Cat}(\text{Top})$ of categories internal to compactly generated topological spaces. This induces a diagram $BD:I\rightarrow \text{Top}$ of classifying spaces. ...
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When do zero-simplices of a simplicial diagram determine its homotopy colimit?

Suppose that I have a diagram of simplicial sets $X_\bullet:\mathscr{C} \to Set^{\Delta^{op}},$ with $\mathscr{C}$ a small category such that for each $C \in \mathscr{C},$ $X_\bullet(C)$ is a Kan ...
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Is there a good way to understand the free loop space of a sphere?

I'd like to understand the structure of the free loop space of $S^n$ for small values of $n$. Here "understand" means roughly that I'd like to know a CW complex with the same homotopy type. I ...
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Example s.t. the unbased loop-space is not $\Omega X \times X$

For a connected pointed CW-complex $X$, let us write (as usual) $\Omega X$ for the space of based loops at $X$. I am looking for an example where the space $\Omega' X$ of all (unbased) loops in $X$ is ...
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A construction with homotopy colimits and homotopy pullbacks for descent

EDIT: Following the lines of some suggestions in the comments below, I try to add something more to explain the problem better. A map $\text{hocolim}Y\rightarrow\bar{Y}$ in $\text{Ho}(\mathbf{M})$ is ...
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Maps to the group completion

Let $M$ be an H-space, topological monoid (homotopy-commutative if necessary): What does the group comletion $\Omega BM$ represent in homotopy category? Is $[X,\Omega B M]$ always equal to the ...
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Group completion theorem

Let $M$ be a topological monoid. How does the homology-formulation of the group completion theorem, namely (see McDuff, Segal: Homology Fibrations and the "Group-Completion" Theorem) If $\pi_0$ is ...
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Cohomology of the Image of J spectrum

Let $J$ denote the image of $J$-homomorphism spectrum and let $j$ denote its connective cover. I am interested in knowing the cohomology of $j$ i.e. $$ [j, HZ/p]_*$$ as a module over Steenrod algebra. ...
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Groups acting on complexes

Let $G$ be a finite group. We define a $G$-simplicial complex $\mathcal{A}(G)$ with set of vertices $G^*:=G-\{e\}$ and the simplices are the abelian subsets of $G^*$. The groupe $G$ act simplicially ...
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Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite CW complex finitely-presented?

An infinity-groupoid is finitely-presented when it is equivalent to the free infinity-groupoid on a finite family of generators, possibly of different dimensions. Is the infinity-groupoid of a finite ...
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Reference Request: Grouplike Algebras over the little $n$-cubes operad are $n$-fold loop spaces

In Geometry of the iterated loop space, Peter May proved his famous recognition theorem, which is, in a simple form, stated on page 3 as the following. There exist $\Sigma$-free operads ...
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Explict form of $E_\infty$-morphisms between differential graded commutative algebras

This is a partial duplicate to this MO question, I apologize for that. I'm asking since the answers there still do not allow me to work out an answer to my question, which is a bit more specific. ...
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Explicit calculation of G-CW(V) structure of a G-space

I know explicitly the $Z/6$-CW($ξ^2$)-complex structure of $D(ξ^2)$, where $ξ$ is the non-trivial irreducible representation of $Z/6$ without fixed points. I am looking for an explicit calculation of ...
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Homotopy invariance of Kan nerve of simplicial categories

The following question concerns the well-known paper of Dwyer and Kan "Localization of Simplicial Categories". They define a nerve for simplicial categories (with fixed set of objects $O$), by the ...
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Homotopy injection between the unit ball in the Euclidean n space and an n-dimensional metric AR

Let $D^n$ be the closed unit ball in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Given a compact, $n$-dimensional, AR(Absolute Retract) metric space $X$, must it happen that either $X$ embeds in $D^n$ or $D^n$ embeds in $X$? ...
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Explicit computations of the étale homotopy type?

Hi, I'm currently trying to learn about etale homotopy for schemes as introduced by Artin-Mazur. I know that by the Artin-Mazur comparision theorem, it is possible to compute the etale homotopy type ...
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Are all quotients of a weakly contractible space via a free group action classifying spaces of the group?

I asked this question on math.stackexchange a week ago, but did not get an answer. First of all, I don't want to restrict to any kind of "nice spaces" since I am interested in the most general ...
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Glueing a property via homotopy colimits

I have a problem concerning a fact which is stated without proof in this Rezk's draft: http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~rezk/i-hate-the-pi-star-kan-condition.pdf . In the proof of Lemma 2.11, we are given a ...
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Homotopical categories, the 2-out-of-6 property, and saturation

A homotopical category is a cateogry with a class $\mathcal W$ of arrows called weak equivalences which satisfies the 2-out-of-6 property. The nlab article shows a deep connection between $\mathcal ...
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Exponentiation in finite simplicial sets

A finite simplicial set is a simplicial set having only a finite number of non degenerate simplicies. My question is: if $A$ and $B$ are finite simplicial sets, does this imply that the simplicial set ...
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When does the Borel construction have the homotopy type of a CW-complex?

Suppose that $G$ is a Lie group acting smoothly on a manifold $M,$ does the Borel $M \times_G EG$ construction have the homotopy type of a CW-complex? If not, under what conditions would this be true? ...
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Why is the oriented $G$-homotopy type of a $G$-complex uniquely determined by the periodicity generator?

Say we have a periodicity generator $e \in H^k(BG)$. I can show that we then have a $(k-1)$-dimensional $G$-complex $X$ with free $G$-action. It's also not that difficult to see that it has trivial ...