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Lambda-operations on stable homotopy groups of spheres

The Barratt-Quillen-Priddy theorem says in one interpretation that there is a weak equivalence of spectra $K(FinSet) \simeq \mathbb{S}^0$. In other words K-theory groups of finite sets are the stable ...
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$\lambda$-ring structure defined for a graded ring in Fulton-Lang's book

Given a commutative ring $A$ with unity, Grothendieck used universal polynomials to define a special $\lambda$-ring structure on $\Lambda(A):=1+t\:A[[t]]$. Suppose $A$ is graded, say ...
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Center of the category of special $\lambda$-rings

Recall that the center $\mathrm{Z}(C)$ of a category $C$ is the monoid of endomorphisms of $\mathrm{id}_C$. Thus $\eta \in \mathrm{Z}(C)$ is given by a familiy of endomorphisms $\eta_x : x \to x$, ...
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An isomorphism of 2-Schur modules

This is the little brother of question 68071: elementary, simple-looking and probably much easier to answer. Of course, it is just a small part of question 68071, as anybody with $\lambda$-rings ...
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K-Theory as a special $\lambda$-ring

I wonder if there is a nice and short proof that the $K$-theory of a topological space is a special $\lambda$-ring without invoking the splitting principle and alike. Is it possible to show directly ...
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Left Adjoint to the Forgetful Functor on $\lambda$-rings?

The forgetful functor from the category of $\lambda$-rings to that of rings has a right adjoint in the form of the universal $\lambda$ functor $\Lambda$, which is isomorphic to the big Witt vectors ...
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When are representation rings special lambda-rings? (variations of an old question)

Status: Questions 2 and 4 answered in the negative. Questions 1 and 3 ARE STILL UNANSWERED, despite previous claims. On the third page of Wolfang K. Seiler's paper "lambda-rings and Adams ...
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Is the Burnside ring a lambda-ring? + conjecture in Knutson p. 113

Warning: I'll be using the "pre-$\lambda$-ring" and "$\lambda$-ring" nomenclature, as opposed to the "$\lambda$-ring" and "special $\lambda$-ring" one (although I just used the latter a few days ago ...
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Is every Adams ring morphism a lambda-ring morphism?

A lambda-ring $R$ is called "special" if it satisfies the $\lambda^i\left(xy\right)=...$ and $\lambda^i\left(\lambda^j\left(x\right)\right)=...$ relations, or, equivalently, if the map ...