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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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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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Closed geodesics in free smooth loop space?

I know very little about these subjects, so I apologise if this is a naive line of inquiry: Let $M$ be a smooth $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold. I understand that it is possible to construct an ...
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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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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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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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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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Topological characterisation of loop spaces

Let $\Omega\colon \mathrm{Top}_*\to\mathrm{Top}_*$ be the loop space functor assigning to each pointed topological space $X$ the pointed space consisting of all based continuous maps $S^1\to X$ ...
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Which homology classes from loop space?

Fix a closed connected manifold $Q$ and let $LQ$ denote its free loop space. We can get second homology classes on $Q$ by "doing things" to loops in $Q$. For instance, if we have a loop of loops, it ...
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$E_{\infty}$ spaces are $A_{\infty}$ spaces

While studying the well-known "Geometry of Iterated Loop Spaces", I found this corollary which is not completely clear to me. (By $\mathcal{M}$ is meant the operad given by $\mathcal{M}(j):=\Sigma_j$, ...
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Reconciling the affine grassmannian and the based loop group

I'm trying to reconcile the differences between the (algebraic) based loop group and the affine grassmannian. I once believed that I understood the relationship, but I just read a paper which has ...
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The cohomology groups of $\Omega U(n)$

Let $\Omega U(n)$ be the loop space of $U(n)$. Is it true that the cohomology groups $H^*(\Omega U(n); \mathbb{Z})$ are torsion-free? How can one calculate these groups?
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Reference request: modern proof of the recognition principle [closed]

I'm looking for a modern version of P. May's proof of the recognition principle (in "geometry of iterated loop spaces"). Can someone help me?
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Is this groupoid a model for the derived fixed-point locus of the free loop space?

In this paper, John Baez and Urs Schreiber define (see Definition 2.16) a Lie groupoid (there called a '2-space') associated to any manifold $M$. In fact it is a bundle of Lie groups over $M$ thought ...
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What is the delooping of a looping?

What is $\mathbf{B}\Omega A$, where $A$ is a pointed object of an $(\infty,1)$ category with point $*\to A$, $\Omega A$ is the loop space of $A$, and $\mathbf{B}X$ is the delooping of $X$? The ...
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Advantage in Using Cyclic Homology to a compute Equivariant (Co)Homology of Loop Spaces

I am trying to compute equivariant (co)homology of the free loop space of a manifold $M$ that is not a Lie group, $H^{S^1}_*(LM)$ with the natural rotation action of $S^1$ on the loops of the free ...
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Infinite loop of a p-completed specta vs p-completion of infinite loop of the spectra

Assume that we have a connective spectrum $X$, and denote the $p$-completion of this spectrum in the sense of Bousfield by $X^{\wedge}_p$ (which is given by the function spectrum ...
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Is there any relation between the simplicial $S^1$ and the Hochschild homology of a noncommutative algebras

Let $k$ be the base field and $A$ be a unital associative $k$-algebra. Let's review the Hochschild homology theory: we have the Hochschild chain comple $C_{\cdot}(A)$ where $$ C_n(A):=A^{\otimes n+1} ...
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Real varieties with enough algebraic loops

Let $(X,\sigma)$ be a complex variety with complex conjugation (equivalently, an algebraic variety over $\mathbb R$). We use the notations $X(\mathbb R):=X^\sigma$ for the set of fixed points of $X$ ...
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Holomorphic convergence conditions on $\mathbb C((z))$-valued points of a group $G$

Let $G$ be a complex, connected, simply connected, semisimple group. I'm trying to compare the following two spaces: The free loop space $LG$ of $G$, and the $\mathbb C((z))$-valued points of $G$, ...
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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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Where does Segal's category come from?

Segal's category $\Gamma$ is the skeleton of the category $\text{FinSet}_{\ast}$ of pointed finite sets. It is used to write down $\Gamma$-spaces, which are functors $\Gamma \to \text{Top}$ satisfying ...
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loop space homology and lens spaces

Is the homology of free loop space of lens spaces known? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Chen's iterated integrals and free loop space

I recently found out about Chen's iterated integrals for paths in a differentiable manifold, and I was wondering if an analogous construction exists for free loops, i.e. a set of variables one ...
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looping and delooping spaces and categories

I'm trying to understand the relationship between the notions of looping and delooping in category theory and topology. The morphisms in a category with one object have the structure of a monoid. ...
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Proving that a space cannot be delooped.

Suppose we have some pointed connected topological space $X$. How can we determine if there exists a space $BX$, called delooping of $X$, such that its space of based loops $\Omega BX$ is homotopy ...
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On the naturality of the bar construction

Let $X$ be a based space. Then the Moore loop space $MX$ is defined to be the topological monoid whose points are based loops $[0,a] \to X$ where $a \ge 0$ is allowed to vary. Composition is gotten ...
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Are loop spaces of homotopically equivalent spaces homotopically equivalent? [closed]

Let $f:X \to Y$ be a homotopy equivalence of pointed topological spaces. Then, is the induced map of pointed loop spaces $\Omega (f): \Omega X \to \Omega Y$ a homotopy equivalence? Here, loop spaces ...
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Free Loops, Moore Paths and the Borel Construction

My question is about the relationship between the free loop space LX of a space X and the (appropriately defined) Borel construction $PX \times_{\Omega X} \Omega X$ which is a homotopy equivalent ...
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Is there an algebraic “derived mapping space” construction that encompasses both Hochschild homology and loop spaces of non-simply-connected spaces?

I'm looking for directions to the literature that might contain fairly explicit constructions that might be called (the algebra of functions on) the "derived mapping space" from a simplicial set to a ...
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Loop space of a category

This seems like it should be a "standard" thing, and I think I remember even seeing it somewhere, but I can't remember where. Let $C$ be a small category. Is there a category $\Lambda C$ whose nerve ...
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Vector fields on path spaces

I've been reading Chen's original works on iterated integrals and in order to consider differential forms on the path space $PM$ of a smooth manifold $M$ he gives $PM$ the following "differentiable ...
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What is the grading of x(x−1)R[x]? Loopspace for Karoubi-Villamayor K-theory.

I am reading the chapter on Karoubi-Villamayor K-theory in Weibel's K-book. In particular he defines $\Omega R=(x^2-x)R[x]$ for a ring. This will eventually lead to a model for the loopspace ...
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2-cocycle on LSU(2)

$SU(2)$ is a Lie group, with a Lie algebra $\mathfrak{su}(2)$. I now consider the loop group $ LSU(2) = \{ \gamma: S^1 \to SU(2); \gamma \mathrm{ smooth} \} $. It is well-known that there exists ...
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Geometric realization of Hochschild complex

Let $A$ be a commutative $\mathbb{C}$-algebra, and consider $C_{\bullet}(A,A)$ the simplicial Hochschild homology module of $A$ with respect to itself (i.e. $C_{n}(A,A)=A^{\otimes (n+1)}$). This is a ...
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free loop space and invariant forms

Cartan proved that for a connected compact Lie group $G$ the left invariant differential forms yield the correct cohomology of $G$. The same argument works for a connected compact $G$-manifold: the ...
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The connected components of the free loop space

I am trying to understand the topology (in terms of homology groups) of the free loop space $\Lambda M$ of nice spaces (Complete Riemannian connected finite dimensional manifolds $M$). I see the free ...
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Haar measure on infinite dimensional Lie groups?

Hi. Is there a Haar measure or equivalent on infinite dimensional Lie groups? I've been playing around with $Diff(S^1)$, and at least a direct approach seems quite hopeless. It goes something like ...
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Homotopy type of the self-homotopy equivalences of a bouquet of spheres

Before I state the questions I have in mind, let me give some background. If one considers $S^2$ then it is known due to Kneser that $\textrm{Homeo}^{+}(S^2)$ has the homotopy type of $SO(3)$. By ...
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Homology of loop space

I've been reading Galatius's Park City notes on the Madsen-Weiss theorem (available here). On page 8, he states the following theorem. Let $X$ be a space such that $\pi_1(X)$ is abelian and acts ...
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First cohomology of the space of long knots in R^4

Let's consider the space of long knots in $\mathbb R^n, n>3$. I know that there are many results (Vassiliev, Turchin, Sinha, Kontsevich) about different expressions of cohomology of this space. I ...
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What space does “Loop infinity of the infinite dimensional sphere” refer to?

I've been reading Hatcher's survey "A Short Exposition of the Madsen-Weiss Theorem". In it, he discusses the Barratt-Priddy-Quillen theorem, which says that the homology of the infinite symmetric ...
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What is known about the connection of positive energy representations of loop groups and modular forms

At the end of Section 14.1 in Pressley, Segal "Loop Groups" there is the remark that the partition function is a modular function in the sense that the Dedekind $\eta$ function is a modular form. I ...
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I was wondering if the set of singular loops is a (somewhere) submanifold of loop space?

The set of all smooth maps $S^1\to M^n$ ($M$ is a smooth manifold) is a generalized manifold(see http://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/smooth+loop+space). I was wondering if the set of singular loops (maps ...
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local equivalence of loop group representations

Let $G$ be a compact, simple, connected, simply connected (cscsc) Lie group, and let its smooth loop group $LG:=C^\infty(S^1,G)$. Given an interval $I\subset S^1$, we have the local loop group $$ L_IG ...
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Uniqueness of loop spaces

Suppose X is a loop space; by this we mean there is some space $Y$ with $\Omega Y \simeq X$. Under what assumptions is (the homotopy type of) $Y$ unique? As has been pointed out below, the ...
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central extensions of Diff(S^1) and of the semigroup of annuli

$\mathit{Diff}(S^1)$ refers to the group of orientation preserving diffeomorphisms of the circle. The semigroup of annuli $\mathcal A$ is its "complexification": the elements of $\mathcal A$ are ...
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Classifying spaces of E_1 - spaces

Hello, I try to understand aspects of homotopy coherence, in particular "recognition principle" of May. About the following I did not think a lot, but I decided to ask here anyway, so to save ...
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What are the algebras over $\Omega^k\Sigma^k$ ?

Let $Ho(Spc)$ be the homotopy category of spaces. There is an adjoint pair $$ \Sigma^k \colon Ho(Spc) \leftrightarrows Ho(Spc)\colon \Omega^k, $$ where $\Sigma^k$ is the $k$-th supension functor and ...
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Equivariant homology of $\Omega X$\/-space (references needed)?

Let $(X, *)$ be pointed a (1-connected) space, and let $\Omega X$ denote its based loops space. Then, as one knows very well, $\Omega X$ is a group up to homotopy (this includes all the necessary ...