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Direct proof that $U$ is an $E_\infty$-space

An immediate consequence of Bott periodicity is that the infinite unitary space is an infinite loop space and so an $E_\infty$-space. I wonder if there is a direct proof (not using $U = \Omega^2 U$) ...
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why group completion of configuration space is the iterated suspension space

In Lecture notes in mathematics Vol. 533, The homology of $C_{n+1}$-spaces, $n\geq 0$, F. Cohen, page 226, Corollary 3.3: $\alpha_{n+1}: C(\mathbb{R}^{n+1};X)\to \Omega^{n+1}\Sigma^{n+1}X$ is a ...
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iterated loop spaces and configuration spaces [on hold]

In the lecture notes by J.P. May, The geometry of iterated loop spaces, Chapter 5, formula (1), (2) and (10), a map $$ \phi: Hom_T(X,\Omega Y)\to Hom_T(SX,Y) $$ is defined. And a map $$ ...
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When does the free loop space fibration split?

This question is a repost from stack.exchange. It didn't get a lot of attention there. Perhaps it is badly written (or silly?). If so, I'd be happy to get comments/suggestions about that. Let $X$ be ...
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stable splitting into a wedge sum [on hold]

Suppose $X$ is a CW-complex such that there is a stable splitting of $X$ into wedge sum $$ \Sigma^t X\cong \bigvee _{k=1}^\infty Y_k. $$ (1). Does this imply $$ X\to \Sigma^tX\to \bigvee ...
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Loop space of Fredholm operators from a Relative loop space

Atiyah and Singer proved that the nontrivial component of the set of skew-adjoint Fredholm operators $ \hat{\mathcal{F}_{*}}(\mathscr{H})$ is homotopic to the loop space of Fredholm operators ...
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Symplectic structures on the grassmannian model of the based loop group

$\newcommand{\Ad}{\operatorname{Ad}}$ In the study of (smooth/algebraic) based loop spaces of compact groups, one often uses a Grassmannian model to study the space. In particular, the Grassmannian ...
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Example s.t. the unbased loop-space is not $\Omega X \times X$

For a connected pointed CW-complex $X$, let us write (as usual) $\Omega X$ for the space of based loops at $X$. I am looking for an example where the space $\Omega' X$ of all (unbased) loops in $X$ is ...
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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 ...