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Morava $K(n)$'s are not $E_{\infty}$

I am looking for a reference/proof that shows that the Morava $K$-theory spectra, $K(n)$ are not $E_{\infty}$ ring spectra. I suspect that this should be a calculation but I can't quite get it right. ...
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Learning roadmap to TQFT from a mathematics perspective

I had asked a question on math.stackexchange but did not receive any answers. I hope that this question is appropriate for this website as it is about an advanced subject. Hence I am posting it below. ...
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Zigzags and contractibility of categories

Let $\mathbf{C}$ be a small category and $\mathbf{C}'$ its hammock localization in the sense of Dwyer and Kan. I am looking for a proof (or counterexample) of the following assertion: If there is ...
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K-theory of $\mathbb{RP}^\infty$

can anyone give some reference of K-theory and K-homology of $\mathbb{RP}^\infty$, both $K_0$ and $K_1$. PS: also posted in stackexchange
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Quotienting disk inside sphere result in sphere

Let $S^k$ be a topological $k$-dimensional sphere. Let $D^k$ be a $k$ dimensional disk that includes in $S^k$. Let $q: D^k \to D^r$ be a map and $r \leq k$. Let $$W = S^k \sqcup D^r/\sim$$ where ...
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$RO(G)$-Graded Cohomology Theories

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group with real representation ring $RO(G)$. Recently, I have been learning about some aspects of $RO(G)$-graded cohomology theories (for a precise definition, see Chapter ...
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Grothendieck's letter to serre

Is it the letter dated in 27/08/1965 of Grothendieck where he presents to Serre the Standard conjectures on algebraic cycles?
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A topological criterion for connectedness of a semi-ample divisor

I have a half page long proof of the following statement, and I would like to know if this is (a corollary of) a well known statement. Maybe there is a reference or a three lines proof? Statement. ...
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Reference request: SGA7

I want to read SGA7. Without considering the others SGA and EGA, Which are the textbooks for monodromy theory?
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Detection of stable homotopy by K-theory spectra

This is primarily a reference request. Does anyone know of any writing about algebraic K-theory spectra picking up elements in the stable homotopy groups of spheres in their Hurewicz image coming from ...
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A Property of Generalized Equivariant Cohomology

Let $G_i$ be a compact Lie group, $i=1,2$, and let $E_{G_i}^*$ be a $\mathbb{Z}$-graded complex-oriented $G_i$-equivariant generalized cohomology theory with commutative products. Let $X_i$ be a ...
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Cohomology of Bott-Samelson varieties?

How is the cohomology of Bott-Samelson varieties (desingularizations of Schubert Varieties ) usually calculated? Let's fix the Lie group to be $GL_n(\mathbb{C})$ or $SL_n(\mathbb{C})$ here. Is there ...
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Homotopy groups of linearization of a space

If $X$ is a pointed space and $A$ is an abelian group, then we can form the space $A[X]$ whose points are finite formal sums $\sum a_i x_i$ with $a_i \in A, x_i \in X$ subject to some natural ...
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Group actions in a homotopy category

Let $M$ be a model category and $G$ a finite group, and equip the category $M^G$ of $G$-objects in $M$ with, say, a projective model structure. Then there is a canonical functor $$\mathrm{Ho}(M^G) ...
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Which ring spectra have some kind of exponential map turning addition into multiplication?

This accepted answer to the question about $BU_\otimes$ made me recall that I want to read about this general phenomenon for a long time. What will follow is sort of vernacular but whether it can be ...
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Shriek push-forward for parameterized spectra

In May and Sigurdsson's Parameterized Homotopy Theory, Proposition 2.2.11, four isomorphisms of functors are given. For a pullback square of base spaces $C=holim(A\overset{f}\to B\overset{j}\leftarrow ...
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Spectral Sequences reference

What is the best reference for spectral sequences for mathematicians who are not experts at the subject, but would just like to open a book and find the SS they need, without going in to deep. I'm ...
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How does the kernel of the map $\Omega^{\bullet}(X)\rightarrow \Omega^{\bullet}(G\times X)$ relate to equivariant cohomology?

This question may be trivial for experts. Consider a (compact, connected) smooth manifold $X$ and a (compact connected) Lie group $G$ act on $X$. Then we have the action map $$ \mu: G\times ...
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Lefschetz duality for non-compact relative manifolds

I'd like to use the formulation of Lefschetz duality stated here, but I can't seem to find a reference for this particular version of it, and it doesn't seem quite right to me. The exact statement in ...
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Infinity category of functors from a relative category to a model category

Let $M$ be a model category (maybe cofibrantly generated/combinatorial). Let $(C,W)$ be a relative category. I write $M^{(C,W)}$ for the full subcategory of $M^C$ on relative functors. This is a ...
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Is there a homology theory that gives a *necessary and sufficient* condition for homotopy equivalence?

Is there a (non-Abelian) homology theory that realizes the following: Let $X,Y$ be manifolds with complexes $C(X),C(Y)$. Then $X$ and $Y$ are homotopy-equivalent if and only if $C(X)$ and $C(Y)$ ...
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Where are there defined objects between gerbes and bundle gerbes?

Consider a special kind of/something like a gerbe where there is first given local trivialization data with equivalence over 2-fold overlaps but not isomorphism. Does this exist in the literature?
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Who first defined _simply connected_, reference?

The following definition is due to Donald J. Newman: A connected open subset $D$ of the plane $\mathbb C$ is simply connected if and only if its complement $\widetilde D = \mathbb C \setminus D$ ...
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worked out examples in borel-moore homology

I'm trying to learn about BM homology. I've found a few references and they are all quite abstract and high-powered. I am actually familiar with derived categories and sheaves so I don't mind thinking ...
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Postnikov's algebraic reconstruction of cohomology from homotopy invariants

In his short paper (1951) and longer monograph (1955), Postnikov introduced what I believe are now called Postnikov systems or towers. It is my understanding that Postnikov systems have since then ...
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Cokernel of the stable J-homomorphism at odd primes

Where can one learn about odd-primary components of the cokernel of the stable J-homomorphism? According to wonderful Wikipedia article on Homotopy groups of spheres, the "hard" part of the stable ...
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Euler class and self-intersection number of a surface in a 4-manifold [duplicate]

In the first two paragraphs of Circle bundles over $CP^1$ and self-intersection number of $CP^1$ embeddings, it is claimed that For a compact oriented surface $X$ in a 4-dimensional oriented ...
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Singular chains generated by manifolds with corners — does it really work?

Usually we define singular homology via the complex of singular chains: $$C_\ast(X)=\bigoplus_{n\geq 0}\mathbb Z\langle\sigma:\Delta^n\to X\rangle$$ where the right hand side denotes the free abelian ...
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Cohomology and impossible figures

In connection with the MO question Occurrences of (co)homology in other disciplines and/or nature I recalled Roger Penrose's “On the cohomology of impossible figures": ...
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Stacks and Maurer-Cartan elements

One can associate to any deformation problem a dg Lie or $L_{\infty}$-algebra $g$. For instance, in algebraic deformation theory, let's say the deformation theory of algebras over a Koszul operad $P$, ...
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What's a good reference for the following obstruction theory yoga?

Fix a colored operad, which I will leave implicit, and a field $\mathbb K$ of characteristic $0$. By algebra in this post I will mean a dg algebra over $\mathbb K$ for the given colored operad. I ...
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fixed simplicial complex under group action

I have found in an article dealing with combinatorial manifolds the following definition: Let $C$ be a finite simplicial complex, and let $G$ be a finite group acting by automorphisms of $C$. The ...
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Image of J splitting

The image of J space is defined for $p$ odd as the homotopy fibre $J_{(p)}$ of the self map $$\psi^k - 1: BU_{(p)} \to BU_{(p)}.$$ Here, $\psi^k$ is an Adams operation, and $k \in \mathbb{N}$ ...
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Computing the Product Structure in Equivariant Cohomology via a Stratification and Thom-Gysin

Let $X$ be a smooth complex projective variety acted upon algebraically by a complex torus $T$. Suppose that $\{X_{\beta}\}_{\beta\in B}$ is a finite $T$-invariant stratification of $X$ into smooth ...
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Equivariant Poincare Series of Based Loop Group of SU(2)

Let $\Omega SU(2)$ denote the based loop group of $SU(2)$, and consider the action of $S^1$ on $\Omega SU(2)$ as a maximal torus of $SU(2)$. (This is not the "loop rotation" action.) Is there an ...
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Stiefel-Whitney classes of virtual vector bundles

Let $E=\xi-\eta$ be a virtual vector bundle over a compact base $B$, which we may assume is a CW complex. A quick and dirty way to define the total Stiefel-Whitney class $w(E)\in ...
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Group cochains invariant under the action of the symmetric group

Let $G$ be a finite group and $A$ an abelian group. Recall the cochain groups $$ C^k = \{f: G^k \to A\} $$ and the coboundary map $$ \delta : C^k \to C^{k+1} $$ $$ (\delta f)(g_1, \ldots, g_{k+1}) ...
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Massey product in Dual Steenrod Algebra

Let $\tau_0$ be the element of dual Steenrod algebra $A_p^{*}$ at a prime $p$ which is dual to Bockstein $\beta \in A_p$. It is well known $\tau_0^2 =0$. Is it true/known that the elemnet $\xi_1$ ...
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All mapping space between CW complexes is a CW complex?

Let $\mathrm{Map}(X,Y)$ denote the (unbased) cellular mapping space from $X$ to $Y$. If $X$ and $Y$ are finite CW complexes, is $\mathrm{Map}(X,Y)$ a CW complex? Can we know the cell structure of ...
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What is the “higher version” of chain homotopy in singular homology?

In basic algebraic topology, we know the following well-known chain homotopy theorem: Let $X$ be a topological space and $I=[0,1]$ be the unit interval. Let $S_*(X)$ and $S_*(X\times I)$ be the ...
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Equivariant Stratifications of a Variety

Let $X$ be a complex variety acted upon algebraically by a complex torus $T$. Suppose that $\{X_{\beta}\}_{\beta\in S}$ is a finite $T$-equivariant stratification of $X$, so that the $X_{\beta}$ are ...
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Is the $K$-Theory of $\mathbb{P}X$ a $\lambda$-Ring?

If we let $\mathbb{P}X$ denote the free commutative algebra generated by the spectrum $X$, then we have a weak equivalence $$ \mathbb{P}X\simeq \bigvee_r E\Sigma_{r+}\wedge_{\Sigma_r}X^{\wedge r}. $$ ...
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Equivalence of Versions of the Affine Grassmannian

Let $G$ be a compact connected semisimple Lie group. The algebro-geometric definition of the affine Grassmannian is the coset space ...
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consequence of Novikov conjecture

Novikov conjeture is a famous open problem in Geometric topology.It predicts that higher signature is oriented-homotopy invariant. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novikov_conjecture I am a student ...
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Analogues of 'cone' distinguished triangles for pointed model categories?

For an additive $A$ and any morphism $f:X\to Y$ in $C(A)$ one has the following distinguished triangle in the homotopy category $K(A)$: $X\to Y\to Cone(f)\to X[1]$. What is the closest analogue of ...
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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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About the Lie algebra of polyvector fields

I would like to know if someone already did some computations of the group of Lie algebra automorphisms of the algebra of polyvector fields on $\mathbb{R}^n$ equiped with the Schouten bracket (or ...
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The Image of the Mod 2 Homology of BSp in the Homology of BSO

I'm essentially trying to figure out exactly what the title asks for. I've been scouring old Seminaires Henri Cartan and books by Stong to try to see exactly how to do this, but the combination of ...
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Homotopy theory of acyclic categories

Homotopy theory of category of posets is well-developed and explained in various places. My interest is in acyclic categories. Recall that in acyclic categories only invertible morphisms are the ...
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$GL_k$-equivariant cohomology of $k\times n$ matrices

I'm having a surprisingly hard time finding references for some facts about $GL_k$-equivariant cohomology of the space of $k\times n$ matrices. Specifically, I believe the following things to be true: ...