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Adams' theorems on the Hopf-Whitehead J-homomorphism

The J-homomorphism is a well-known and classical map $\pi_n (O(k)) \to \pi_{n+k} (S^k)$, or after stabilizing with respect to $k$, a map $J_n:\pi_n (O) \to \pi_{n}^{st}$, from the stable homotopy of ...
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On closed model categories: standard arguments and fibrantly cogenerated categories

Some not very clever questions on closed model categories. For a (left or right) Quillen functor $F:C\to D$ what arguments does one usually use for proving that $Ho F$ is fully faithful when ...
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Yoneda embeddings of stable model categories; composition with Bousfield localizations

For a stable model category $C$ and a set $M$ of object of it I would like to construct a natural functor from $C$ to some stable 'category of functors' on $M$. I suspect that the 'natural' question ...
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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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Plus construction considerations.

In order to realise the K-groups of a ring as the homotopy groups of some space associated to that ring, Quillen proposed the following (roughly-sketched) construction: Recall that $K_1(R) = ...
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Is every ''group-completion'' map an acyclic map?

I start with a longer discussion which will result in a precise version of the question. A am puzzled about an issue with the Quillen plus construction. I have seen outstanding experts being confused ...
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Finiteness of stable homotopy groups of spheres

Since the work of Serre in the early 50's on homotopy groups of spheres, it is known that the homotopy group $\pi_k(S^n)$ is finite, except when $k=n$ (in which case the group is $\mathbb{Z}$), or ...
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Two constructions for BU×Z

Consider the following two ways of getting the zeroth space in the $K$-theory spectrum $BU \times \mathbb{Z}$: 1) Take the groupoid of finite dimensional complex inner product spaces with isometries ...
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Twists of K-theory and tmf

I read in a paper by Christopher Douglas that third cohomology twists of $K$-theory may be interpreted as TMF-classes via a map $K(\mathbb{Z},3) \to TMF$, which is related to String orientations. How ...
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Is there a good definition of (topological) K-Theory over arbitrary spaces?

Hi (this is my very first question here, so please don't hurt me...) for some time now i've been looking for a sufficiently aesthetical definition of (topological) K-theory of arbitrary spaces, yet ...
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Proof of Bott Periodicity in twisted K-theory

I have a question about the Proof of Bott Periodicity in twisted K-theory by Atiyah and Segal in their paper Twisted K-theory. Following their notation, to prove Bott periodicity in this context it ...
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Functor that maps to both $KO^n$ and $KO^{-n}$

(my question is also meaningful for complex K-theory, but since Kn(X) is always isomorphic to K-n(X), it's less interesting) I start by recalling the analytic definition of KO-theory: The following ...
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A question about the topological proofs of Bott periodicity

There are purely topological proof of Botts periodicity theorem, the first one given by Dyer and Lashof. I am heading to discuss the proof in my lecture course on homotopy theory (as a final chord ...
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homotopy domination that splits a non-split epimorphism and still wants to be a homotopy equivalence

Can a homotopy domination by a space supporting a free action of $G$ be promoted to a homotopy equivalence with such a space? As stated, this is not a serious question (multiply by an $EG$). But with ...
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The residue class functor from a Frobenius category to its stable category induces a functor on cube-shaped diagrams - is it dense?

Let $\mathcal{E}$ be a Frobenius category, i.e. an exact category with sufficiently many bijective objects. (Such as e.g. the category of complexes over an additive category.) Let ...
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Sequential colim vs sequential hocolim

Suppose we have some homotopical setting in which we can speak of homotopy colimits. The setting I have in mind at the moment is that of a compactly generated triangulated category with a model, but ...
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Do homotopy colimits always commute with homotopy colimits?

Do homotopy colimits commute with homotopy colimits? The setting I am thinking of is that of a triangulated category with a model, but it would be interesting to have more general answers as well. A ...
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6answers
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What are surprising examples of Model Categories?

Background Model categories are an axiomization of the machinery underlying the study of topological spaces up to homotopy equivalence. They consist of a category $C$, together with three ...
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How do you relate the number of independent vector fields on spheres and Bott Periodicity for real K-Theory?

The theory of Clifford algebras gives us an explicit lower bound for the number of linearly independent vector fields on the $n$-sphere, and Adams proved that this is actually always the best ...
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BU with tensor product H-space structure

Hi, I came across the space $BU_\otimes$ when struggling with twisted K-theory. Segal proved that this is an H-space, right? I have read a dozen times by now that the group $[X, BU_\otimes]$ ...
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Proofs of Bott periodicity

K-theory sits in an intersection of a whole bunch of different fields, which has resulted in a huge variety of proof techniques for its basic results. For instance, here's a scattering of proofs of ...
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Constructing Twisted K-theory

There is a simple, intuitive "construction" of twisted K-theory if we are allowed to ignore that many things only hold up to homotopy. We know that maps to $K(Z,2)$ give line bundles on a space and ...
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Is there a constructive description of type in the p-local stable homotopy category?

The title pretty much sums it up - but let me give a little bit of background first. In the p-local stable homotopy category (basically one localizes away the torsion spectra which are not p-torsion) ...