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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Under which conditions the inclusion of a sub-simplicial set of the nerve of a category is a Joyal equivalence?

Let $i: X \to N\mathcal C$ be a monomorphism in the category of simplicial sets, with $C$ a category and $NC$ its nerve. I am looking for sufficient conditions (and not too difficult to check) under ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Mathematical value of constructing sphere eversions

I am extremely impressed by the work that has been done constructing sphere eversions, and other similar explicit geometrical proofs. In particular, surely nobody can fail to be impressed by the ...
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cohomology of labelled configuration space & relation with braid space

Let $M$ be a manifold and $(X,*)$ be a pointed topological space. ( If we want, we can let $M=S^2,S^1\times \mathbb{R},etc.$) Let $F(M,k)$ be the ordered configuration space of $k$-tuples on $M$. ...
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cohomology algebra of braid spaces, configuration spaces

In Homology of $C_{n+1}$-spaces, $n\geq 0$, F.R. Cohen, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 533, Chapter 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, the cohomology algebra $H^*(B(\mathbb{R}^{n+1},p),\mathbb{Z}_p)$, for ...
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Embedding of two-dimensional CW complexes which induces a zero homomorphism on second homotopy groups

I am interested in the following question which I asked at MSE and did not get any clues. How to find three two-dimensional CW complexes $K_1, K_2, K_3$ with non-trivial $\pi_2$ and injective ...
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Reference for the proof of a neighbourhood characterisation of cofibrations

I am interested in a reference for the proof of the following theorem for $A,X$ being CGWH topological spaces. Let $A\subset X$ be a closed subspace, such that there exists a continuous $\phi : ...
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fiber sequence of principal bundles

Let $G$ be a group, either a Lie group or a discrete group. Let a principal $G$-bundle $$ G\to E\to B,$$ then $B=E/G$, the orbit space under action of $G$. Let $BG$ be the classifying space of $G$. ...
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Relation between cohomology of ordered and unordered configuration spaces

Let $M$ be a manifold. Then $F(M,k)/\Sigma_k$, the unordered configuration space of $k$ points, is obtained as a quotient of $F(M,k)$, the ordered configuration space of $k$ points, by the group ...
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Is there a sense in which the homotopy theory of simplicial sets is the “paradigmatic” one?

I could not come up with a better title for my question. What I am asking is this (preemptive excuses to all experts in homotopy theory for naivetes of all kinds you may find herein): the ...
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Quillen adjunction betwen simplicial presheaves and cochain complexes

Let $sPsh(\mathcal{C})$ the category of simplicial presheaves over a small category $\mathcal{C}$. Let $Ch^{*}_{\geq 0}$ be the category of positively graded cochain complexes of modules over a field ...
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cohomology algebra of unordered configuration space with coefficients the finite fields

in the paper The cohomology algebra of unordered configuration spaces (Y. Félix, D. Tanré, J. London Math. Soc., 2005), Theorem 4: Let $M$ be an odd-dimensional, compact, closed, oriented manifold. ...
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cohomology algebra of unordered configuration space on Euclidean space

In Homology of $C_{n+1}$-spaces, $n\geq 0$, F.R. Cohen, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, Vol. 533, page 210 (the preface part before contents): Line 2: ... is used to compute the precise algebra ...
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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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Can homotopy pullbacks of spaces be checked on fibers?

As should be clear, I would like to know if it is true that a given commmutative square of spaces (i.e. simplicial sets) is a homotopy pullback iff the induced map on each homotopy fiber is a weak ...
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Ring structure on the $K(1)$-local homotopy of $S^0$ at the prime 2

Let's write $S$ for the $K(1)$-local sphere at the prime 2. Then there is a cofibre sequence $$S \to KO \to KO$$ where I'm using $KO$ to denote the $K(1)$-localization of orthogonal K-theory, and ...
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Unstable homotopy groups of spheres beyond Toda's range

In 1962 Toda published his book "Composition methods in homotopy groups of spheres", which contains computations of $\pi_{n+k}(S^n)$ for $k\le 19$ and $n\le 20$. The values of these groups are ...
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Mayer-Vietoris sequence for twisted R-homology

In this paper Ando, Blumberg, Gepner, Hopkins and Rezk define the twisted $R$-Homology of a ring spectrum $R$ together with a map $f \colon X \to R$-$Line$ to be $$ R^f_n(X) = \pi_0(map_R(\Sigma^nR, ...
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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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Singularity-free isotopies between string diagrams for monoidal categories

Given a monoidal category, it is a theorem of Joyal and Street that an equation between string diagrams is provable from the axioms if and only if there is a recumbent isotopy that relates them. The ...
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Example of a saturated class of morphisms which is not _obviously_ saturated?

By "saturated class of morphisms" in a category $\mathcal{C}$, I mean a subcategory $\mathcal{W} \subset \mathcal{C}$ such that the image of $\mathcal{W}$ in $\mathcal{C}[\mathcal{W}^{-1}]$ consists ...
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Is the discrete nerve of a small category a complete Segal space?

While reading Rezk's paper "A model for the homotopy theory of homotopy theory", I found a remark which contradicts a guess of mine, but I can't see where I am wrong (perhaps it might be a silly ...
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homotopy fixed points and fixed points

Let $X$ a smooth projective scheme over a field $k$. And let $THH(X)$ denotes the topological Hochschild homology of $X$. Recall that the spectra $THH(X)$ admits an action of the of circle $S^{1}$. ...
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Analogue to covering space for higher homotopy groups?

The connection between the fundamental group and covering spaces is quite fundamental. Is there any analogue for higher homotopy groups? It doesn't make sense to me that one could make a branched ...
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equivalence in simplicial category

Let $(\mathcal{C},W)$ be a category with weak equivalences. One can build from $(\mathcal{C},W)$ its hammock localization $L^{H}(\mathcal{C},W)$ which is a simplicial category $\textit{ie}$ a category ...
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Contractibility of a poset-indexed colimit

Let $(X,\leq)$ be a poset with distinguished element $p$, and let $P'$ be the poset of "finite chains which weakly descend to $p$" given by all $\sigma = (x_0 \geq x_1 \geq \cdots \geq x_k \geq p)$ ...
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To what extent are homotopy colimits over a weakly contractible category “determined by local data”?

[I'd be very happy for a better question title, if anyone has any suggestions.] I have a category $C$, two functors $F,G : C \to \mbox{Cat}$, a natural transformation $\alpha : F \to G$, and a ...
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Can one make a category concrete by “enlarging the universe”?

This is more or less a followup of this question. There, it was established that (it is well known that) the homotopy category of topological spaces is not concrete, in other words, there is no ...
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Whitehead for maps

I made the following claim over at the Secret Blogging Seminar, and now I'm not sure it's true: Let $f: X \to Y$ and $g: X \to Y$ be two maps between finite CW complexes. If f and g induce the same ...
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Obstructions for $E_n$-algebras

In Alan Robinson's paper, Classical Obstructions and S-algebras, he provides conditions for a ring spectrum to have an $A_n$ and $\mathbb{E}_\infty$-structure. Have the obstructions for an object ...
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Reference request for non-commutative analogues of exterior algebras

I am reading Combinatorial Group Theory In Homotopy Theory I by Fred Cohen (preprint available on web page). Here is an extract of the paper: Cohen called $A^R_n$ "a standard tool used in ...
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Homogeneous spaces that are homotopy tori

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group, and let $H$ be a closed subgroup such that $G/H$ is homotopy equivalent to a torus. Is it true that $H$ is normal and $G/H$ is isomorphic to a torus as a Lie group? ...
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String Orientation and Level Structures

Atiyah, Bott and Shapiro defined orientations of real and complex K-theory that were later refined to maps of ($E_\infty$-ring) spectra $$MSpin \to KO$$ and $$MSpin^c \to KU.$$ Likewise, but more ...
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Definition of an E-infinity algebra

Can anyone give me a plain-and-simple definition of an E-infinity algebra without using the words "operad," "ring spectrum," or "stable homotopy"? Sorry, but I honestly couldn't find it using all ...
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$E_n$-space and n-connected pointed space

Is it true that the homotopy category of group-like $E_n$-spaces is equivalent to the homotopy category of pointed $n$-connected spaces ? If it is true, what should be the statement when ...
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What is a homotopy between bisimplicial maps

I originally posted it on stackexchange, but did not get any comments or answer, so I try my luck here. I am looking for the naive notion of homotopy. For maps $f, g: A\to B$ of simplicial sets ...
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Lusternik-Schnirelmann category of rational spaces of infinite type

Suppose I have an $n$-dimensional (simply-connected) rational space $X$ with L-S category $k$. Must there be a finite rational subcomplex $K \subseteq X$ with $\mathrm{cat}(K) = k$? Even better, I ...
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Second homotopy group of Cayley complex

Is there a good reference for information about the second homotopy group of the Cayley complex or Presentation complex of a finitely presented group, especially a hyperbolic group? I'm looking for ...
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Higher Homotopy Groups

Theorem 5.1 of this paper describes a map $K_n(R)\to \pi_{n+1}(SK(E(R),1))$, where $S$ denotes the suspension. My question: Do we have a map from $K_n(R)\to \pi_{n+1}(S^2K(E(R),1))$. Any reference is ...
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Computing naive algebraic singular homology

I'm not sure if this counts as research level, since it might just be an expression of my ignorance. But anyway. Let $\Delta^n_A = Spec(A[X_0, \dots, X_n]/\sum X_i - 1)$ denote the standard algebraic ...
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When is the diagonal inclusion a $\Sigma_2$-cofibration?

Recall that a space $X$ is called locally equiconnected or LEC if the diagonal map $d:X\hookrightarrow X\times X$ is a cofibration. For example, CW-complexes are LEC. There is some discussion of this ...