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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Maps with Hopf invariant zero are suspensions

Let $h:\pi_{2n-1}(S^n) \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$ be the Hopf invariant. I believe that in the same paper that proves his suspension theorem, Freudenthal proved that if $x \in \pi_{2n-1}(S^n)$ satisfies ...
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Generalized Thom spectra

I am currently trying to wrap my head around all kinds of different definitions of the notion of (generalized) Thom spectrum. My setup is as follows: Suppose I have a commutative (symmetric) ring ...
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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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On Gromov's Theorem on Symplectic Homotopy

I want to understand the proof of the following theorem due to Gromov which I'll state in the context of Euclidean spaces. While I tried to read the proof from Macduff-Salamon, it turned out that my ...
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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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Do we still need model categories?

One modern POV on model categories is that they are presentations of $(\infty, 1)$-categories (namely, given a model category, you obtain an $\infty$-category by localizing at the category of weak ...
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Free Loop-Space Recognition Principle

It is well-known that one can detect based loopspaces using the machinery of operads. Namely, given a group-like space $X$ with an action of $\mathbb{E}_n$-operad, then it is homotopy equivalent as an ...
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Actions of cofibrations and induced maps of cofibres

Working in some nice category of based topological spaces (compactly generated with CW homotopy type, say) suppose we have a homotopy commutative diagram $$ \begin{array}{ccccc} & & j & ...
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fibrant generation of $sSet_{Quillen}$?

I wonder if someone has proved that $sSet_{Quillen}$ is not a fibrantly generated model structure ? Do we know something about the possible fibrant generation of $sSet_{Quillen}$ ? Thanks
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Are there pairs of highly connected finite CW-complexes with the same homotopy groups?

Fix an integer n. Can you find two finite CW-complexes X and Y which * are both n connected, * are not homotopy equivalent, yet * $\pi_q X \approx \pi_q Y$ for all $q$. In Are there two ...
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Descent properties of spaces

I am trying to make sense of what is written in Rezk's draft http://www.math.uiuc.edu/~rezk/i-hate-the-pi-star-kan-condition.pdf In particular, I am referring to Proposition 2.3, which is there stated ...
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Cartesian products between cofibrant simplicial presheaves

Let $Psh(\mathcal{C})$ be the category of simplicial presheaves equipped with the projective model structure. The cartesian product between two representables presheaves is clearly again representable ...
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homotopy tensor product of functors and bar construction

I'm trying to take familiarity with homotopy theory and I have the following questions. Let $\mathcal{C}$ be a small category, and let $F\: : \:\mathcal{C}\to \mathcal{M}$ that take values in a ...
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Super-cobordisms

One can construct the $d$-dimensional bordism category by declaring the objects to be the $(d-1)$-dimensional compact manifolds without boundary and the morphisms the $d$-dimensional bordisms between ...
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A Cartesian model structure (and straightening for) on $n$-trivial simplicial sets

A pair $(X,tX)$, with $X$ a simplicial set and $tX$ a collection of simplices of $X$, is said to be stratified if no $0$-simplex is in $X$ and all degenerate simplices of $X$ are in $tX$. Recall a ...
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For a quasicategory $C$, why is $\mathrm{Fun}(\Lambda^2_0,C) \to \mathrm{Fun}(\Delta^{\{2\}},C) \cong C$ a cocartesian fibration?

More generally, I expect that the following is true: Let $D$ be a diagram quasicategory, let $d \in D$ be a vertex, and use this to define $D' = D \amalg_{\Delta^{\{0\}}} \Delta^1$. Then ...
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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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What are iterated cobar constructions?

In Beck's paper "On H-spaces and Infinite Loop Spaces", he states that every algebra over the monad $\Omega^k$$\Sigma^k$ is a $k$-fold loop space. He proves the trivial case k = 0 when this is the ...
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homotopy end/coend [on hold]

I would like to compute the homotopy end/coend of a bifunctor $S\: : \: \mathcal{C}\times \mathcal{C}^{op}\to \mathcal{E}$ where $\mathcal{C}$ is a small category and $\mathcal{E}$ is a model ...
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cohomology of permutation group of order power of $2$

Let $S_k$ be symmetric group of order $k$. What is $$ H^*(BS_{2^k};\mathbb{Z}_2)? $$ $$ H^*(BS_{2^k};\mathbb{Z})? $$ I only know the case $k=1$.
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Fibration $p : \tilde Y \to Y$ with discrete fiber induces bijection $p_*:[X, \tilde Y]_* \to [X, Y]_*$

If $X$ is simply connected, locally path connected space and $p : \tilde Y \to Y$ is a covering map then it is easy to show that it induces bijection $p_*:[X, \tilde Y]_* \to [X, Y]_*$. Let's weak ...
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Need examples of homotopy orbit and fixed points

I am no expert in equivariant homotopy theory. Let's say, I am planing to give a talk on homotopy fixed points and orbits. My audience will be graduate students who are doing algebraic topology or ...
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What is obstructing two stably-isomorphic vector bundles from being isomorphic?

The specific situation is the following: Let $n>0$ be a natural number, let $X$ be a finite CW complex of dimension $n$, and let $\xi_0,\xi_1$ be oriented real vector bundles of rank $n$ over $X$ ...
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homotopic maps of locally finite spaces

It is well known that if $X,Y$ are $T_0$ Alexandrov spaces then they are just posets. With every such spaces we can associate an abstract simplicial complex $K(X)$ where the simplices are nonempty ...
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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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Equivariant model structure on $G-\mathrm{Gpd}$

Let's denote $G\text{-}\mathrm{Gpd}$ the presheaf category $[\mathbf{B}G, \mathrm{Gpd}]$. Now assume that $\mathrm{Gpd}$ is endowed with its natural model structure where weak equivalences are ...
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Maps which induce the same homomorphism on homotopy and homology groups are homotopic

I am interested in the following question. Are maps which induce the same homomorphism on homotopy and homology groups homotopic? I am sure the answer is no, however I cannot imagine how to construct ...
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Algebraic K-theory and Homotopy Sheaves

Recently, when I was reading the definition of higher algebraic K-theory, I tried to give myself some motivation by looking at derived algebraic geometry. The constructions for algebraic K-theory ...
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Lorentzian metrics on the torus up to continuos deformations

Any two Riemannian metrics can easily be deformed into each other, only obtaining positive definite metrics in between. However, for metrics of other signatures this might not be possible. Which ...
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When are homotopy categories of model categories closed modules over the homotopy category of $(\infty, 1)$-categories?

Let $\mathrm{Quillen}$ be the model category of simplicial sets with the Quillen model structure, and $\mathrm{Joyal}$ the model category of simplicial sets with the Joyal model structure. As is ...
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Homologically distinct infinite loop structures on a space

Let $X$ be a connected pointed topological space equipped with two different actions of $E_\infty$-operad. Each action provides a collection of deloopings $X_i$, where $X_0 = X$ and $\Omega X_i$ is ...
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What do the stable homotopy groups of spheres say about the combinatorics of finite sets?

The Barratt-Priddy-Quillen(-Segal) theorem says that the following spaces are homotopy equivalent in an (essentially) canonical way: $\Omega^\infty S^\infty:=\varinjlim~ \Omega^nS^n$ ...
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Is the Thom diagonal co-$E_\infty$?

Given a map of spaces $f:X\to BGL_1(R)$ for $R$ an $E_\infty$-ring spectrum (of course this can be done more generally) one can produce a Thom spectrum $Mf$ by a number of methods. Let's denote such a ...
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A Dold-Thom style construction of a cohomology class from a sphere bundle

Re-reading my comment to the question Pontryagin class of quaternionic line bundle I suddenly realized that I do not understand something crucial about it. For the purposes of that crucial thing let ...
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Constructing a “geometric” model structure on Cat by localizing the “categorical” model structure

Let $\text{Cat}$ be the category of (small) categories and functors. There is a "categorical" (also called "canonical" or "folk") model structure on $\text{Cat}$ in which the weak equivalences are the ...
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Is there an analog of compactified moduli spaces(/stacks) for smooth manifolds?

This question has been inspired by an answer to the question Reference request: Topology on the space of smooth compact submanifolds; I've asked it in a comment to that answer but then decided to make ...
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Two-bridge knots and CW-complex

The fundamental group of any two-bridge knot K in $\mathbb{S}^3$ has a presentation with two generators and one relation. On the other hand, it's possible to provide a CW-complex with only one 0-cell ...
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homology of configuration spaces of non-compact manifolds

Let $M$ be a manifold. Let $F(M,n)$ be the configuration space of $n$-tuples on $M$. Let $B(M,n)=F(M,n)/S_n$, where $S_n$ is the symmetric group of order $n$, be the corresponding unordered ...
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Constructing model category from given category [migrated]

Given a model category $\mathcal{M}$, Goerss and Hopkins constructed a subcategory (see Structured Ring Spectra, p. 160) $\mathbf{E}$ of $\mathcal{M}$ such that: If $X\in\mathbf{E}$ and $Y$ is ...
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Is there a “simplification” functor in algebraic topology?

Recall that a space (=CW complex) is called simple if it is connected, the fundamental group is abelian, and the fundamental group acts trivially on all higher homotopy groups. Call Simp(X) a ...
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“Homotopy-first” courses in algebraic topology

A first course in algebraic topology, at least the ones I'm familiar with, generally gets students to a point where they can calculate homology right away. Building the theory behind it is generally ...
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Under which conditions the inclusion of a sub-simplicial set of the nerve of a category is a Joyal equivalence?

Let $i: X \to \mathrm{N}\mathcal C$ be a monomorphism in the category of simplicial sets, with $\mathcal C$ a category and $\mathrm{N}\mathcal C$ its nerve. I am looking for sufficient conditions (and ...
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recognising weak equivalences of simplicial sets

$\require{AMScd}$ I am interested in detecting using a lifting property when a map $f:X\to Y$ in $sSet$ (with the standard Kan model structure) is a weak equivalence. In the paper Weak Equivalences ...
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Conjectures in Grothendieck's “Pursuing stacks”

I read on the nLab that in "Pursuing stacks" Grothendieck made several interesting conjectures, some of which have been proved since then. For example, as David Roberts wrote in answer to this ...
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Properties of “incomplete finite simplicial complexes”

Definition: We say that $K'$ is an incomplete finite simplicial complex if there exists a finite simplicial complex $K$ such that $|K'|=|K|\backslash Y$ where $Y$ is a union of some open faces of K. ...
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Connection between quasifibrations and homotopy cartesian squares

Let me first fix the definitions. A map $p\colon E\rightarrow B$ is called a quasi-fibration, iff the canonical inclusion $p^{-1}(b)\rightarrow hofib_b(p)$ is a weak equivalence for all for all $b\in ...
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Does the nerve functor preserve fibrations?

As asked in the title but more specifically: does the nerve functor from Cat to sSet map a fibration between groupoids to a Kan fibration ? By fibration of groupoids I mean a fibration for the ...
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Grothendieck spectral sequence and Mayer-Vietoris sequence

Suppose $U'\cup U''=X$ is an open cover $U$ of a topological space $X$ and $F$ is a sheaf on $X$ with values in abelian groups. There is a special instance of the Grothendieck spectral sequence ...
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Homological algebra is linearized homotopical algebra?

I have stumbled across statements like Homological algebra is linearized homotopical algebra. Chain complexes are linearizations of simplicial complexes. The Dold-Kan correspondence was ...
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G-spaces and SG-module spectra

This question is related to the one here, but has a slightly different angle. Let $G$ be a topological group and let $X$ be a $G$-space. Taking the suspension spectrum $\Sigma^{\infty}_+ X$ (in my ...