# Tagged Questions

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### Characteristic Classes in Geometric Representation Theory

Geometric respectively topological methods are widely applied in representation theory. As far as I know mainly cohomological methods are used.
I wonder if there are concrete applications of the ...

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### Projective representation of diffeomorphism group of $S^2$

We know that the projective representation of a group $G$ is classified by $H_{grp}^2(G,R/Z) = H^3(BG,Z)$, where $H^*_{grp}$ is the group-cohomology class.
Then do we have a classification of the ...

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### Semidirect product of torus with cyclic group: representations/cohomology?

Let $p$ be prime and let $T^p$ be the $p$-torus and $\mathbb{Z}/p$ the cyclic group of order $p$ generated by $(12\ldots p)$. Consider the semidirect product $T^p\rtimes\mathbb{Z}/p$ with the natural ...

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### Cohomology ring of a flag variety and representation theory

I'm interested in the cohomology ring $H^*(G/B)$ of a flag variety $G/B$, where $G$ is a complex semi-simple Lie group and $B$ the Borel subgroup. Borel (1953) showed that this ring is isomorphic to ...

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### Are torus knot groups linear?

The fundamental group $T(p,q)$ of the complement of a $(p,q)$-torus knot (in $S^3$) admits the presentation $\langle a, b \mid a^p=b^q \rangle $. Is $T(p,q)$ linear, i.e., is there a faithful ...

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### Why do we need a $G$-universe?

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group. Before defining $G$-prespectra, we have to define a $G$-universe $\mathcal U$.
Question: Why do we need a $G$-universe?
A $G$-universe is defined to be a countably ...

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### How to understand specialization in Borel-Moore homology

In Chriss-Ginzburg, they defined specialization in Borel-Moore homology on page 103. I think the definition is too abstract and it's hard for computation. Is there any way to understand it better?
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### U(1) vs. BZ and representations of 2-groups

$U(1)$ seems to lead a dual life. On one hand it is the group we know and love, and on the other, it is the classifying space of the integers. Thinking about $n$-groups says that we should also think ...

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### What's a good example/reference for cohomology classes on Springer fibers that aren't restricted from the flag variety

As usual, by Springer fiber, I mean the fixed points $X^u$ of a unipotent element $u$ of the group $G$ on the flag variety $X=G/B$. It's a lovely theorem that when $G=SL_n$, the induced map on ...

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### Topology of a Compact Space with Fixed-Point-Free Torus Action

Let $X$ be a compact connected smooth manifold and $T$ a compact torus acting smoothly on $X$ without fixed points. What, in general, can be said about the topology of $X$ (ex. rational ...

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### Derived Push-Forward of Morphism of Perverse Sheaves and Translation Functors

I hope this question is not too vague.
Let $G$ be a complex reductive group, $B$ a Borel subgroup of $G$, and $P$ a parabolic containing $B$.
Denote by $\pi:G/B\to G/P$ the canonical map. Consider ...

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### Maurer-Cartan elements of the extension of an $L_{\infty}$-algebra

Let $g$ be a nilpotent $L_{\infty}$-algebra. For every commutative differential graded algebra $A$, one can form the extension $g\otimes A$ and endow it with a nilpotent $L_{\infty}$-algebra ...

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### Why is the equivariant Euler class a character ?

Let us first precise the question : let $T$ be a torus, $\alpha : T \to \mathbb{C}$ be an irreducible character. I am interested in the $T$-equivariant Euler class of the ($T$-equivariant) bundle ...

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### Equivariant Cohomology of a Complex Projective Variety

Suppose that I have a complex projective variety $X$ endowed with an algebraic action of a complex torus $T$. Suppose also that the set $X^T$ of fixed points is finite. I would like to relate the ...

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### Dijkgraaf-Witten TQFT vs. Representation Theory?

From what I had read, group characters can be "glued" together in a topological fashion and there is something to this effect in the paper by Dijkgraaf and Witten. TQFT seems to be a topological ...

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### Quotients in Sums of Rings

Suppose we are given a commutative ring R with unit-element. Now we have a composition of R as the direct product of two rings $R\cong R_1\times R_2$. It is now straight forward, that any ideal ...

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### HIgher Homotopy Groups and Representation Theory

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group, and $g$ its associated Lie algebra.
In what ways do the higher homotopy groups $\pi_{n}(G)$ with $n>1$ appear in the representation theory of $G$?
As an example, ...

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### Stabilizers for Nilpotent Adjoint Orbits of Semisimple Groups

Let $G$ be a connected, simply-connected, complex, semisimple Lie group with Lie algebra $\frak{g}$. Suppose that $X\in\frak{g}$ is a nilpotent element (ie. that $ad_X:\frak{g}\rightarrow\frak{g}$ is ...

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### Cohomology of Projective Classical Lie Groups

Let $G$ be a compact, connected, simply-connected Lie group with centre $Z(G)$, and consider the Lie group $G/Z(G)$. I believe that for $G$ a classical group, the Lie group $G/Z(G)$ is sometimes ...

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### Representations of Finite Subgroups on Homology

Suppose that $G$ is a connected, simply-connected, complex, semisimple Lie group, and that $H$ is finite subgroup. Consider the left-multiplicative action of $H$ on $G$, and the resulting ...

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### Representations of SO(3) and vector bundles on BSO(3)

Let $V$ be the vector bundle over $BSO(3)$ associated to the adjoint representation of $SO(3).$ Then $V$ does not have a nonzero section. One way to see this is that the Steifel-Whitney class ...

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### Chern Classes of Exterior Products of a vector bundle.

This is mostly a question in combinatorics. Is there a clean way in terms of determinantal identities to write down $c(\wedge^k V)$ i.e. the individual summands in terms of the individual summands of ...

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### When is the derived category of representations of a finite poset equivalent to its opposite?

If I have a finite partially ordered set $K$, I can look at its derived category of finite dimensional representations $D(K)$. Note that $D(K^{op}) \simeq D(K)^{op}$ by linear duality.
But when do ...

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### Is there any “deep” relation between the localization theorem of equivariant cohomology and the localization theorem of equivariant K-theory

First let's consider equivariant cohomology: if a compact Lie group $G$ acts on a compact manifold $M$. We have the equivariant cohomology $ H_G(M)$ defined as the cohomology of the cochain complex ...

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### Effect on homology of decorating vertices of a simplicial complex

In my research, the following construction came up.
Let $X$ be an $n$-dimensional simplicial complex. For an integer $m \geq 1$, let $X[m]$ denote the following simplicial complex. The vertices of ...

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### k-theory of $\mathbb{Z}$

I have a doubt.
Borel computed the rank of the higher algebraic k-theory of $\mathbb{Z}$:
$rank(K_n)(\mathbb{Z})= 1$ if $n\equiv1 mod4$, otherwise this rank is equal to 0.
On the other hand Bjorn ...

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### equivariant cohomology of the complement to the arrangment $\cup_{i\neq j}overrightarrow{x_i} = overrightarrow{x_j}$?

Let $V=\mathbb{R}^d$ be a $d$-dimensional (Euclidian) vector space over real numbers.
Let $G=SO(V)$ be a compact Lie group of linear orthogonal transformations of $V$.
Let $Conf_n(V)$ be the space of ...

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### Cell decomposition for a variety not necessarily complete?

Let $X$ be an algebraic variety with a $\mathbb C^*$ action such that the fixpoints set is finite. By theorem 4.3 in the paper of Bialynicki-Birula "Some theorems on actions of algebraic groups", ...

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### Whitehead products and a realization problem for graded Lie algebras

Many $\mathbb{Z}$-graded Lie algebras $\mathfrak{g}$ over $\mathbb{C}$ we would like to study are non-degenerate in the sense that
$\dim_{\mathbb{C}} \mathfrak{g}_n < \infty \ \forall n \in ...

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### Kernel of the representation of the mapping class group to $Aut(F_n)$

Let $S_{g,1}$ be a orientable compact surface of genus $g$ with one boundary component and $\Gamma_{g,1}$ the mapping class group.
By $F_n$ I denote the free group on $n$ generators.
One obtains a ...

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### Weight lattice and the first fundamental group

Let $G$ be a compact connected Lie group and let $T$ be a maximal torus of $G$, with Lie algebras $\frak{g}$ and $\frak{t}$ respectively. Then, $\frak{t}$ can be considered as a Cartan subalgebra of ...

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### Coincidences amongst classifying spaces and Eilenberg Mac-Lane spaces

Given that $$\mathbb{R}P^{\infty} = B O(1) = K(\widehat{O(1)}, 1)$$ $$\mathbb{C} P^{\infty} = B U(1) = K( \widehat{U(1)}, 2)$$ is there any way to make sense of $$\mathbb{H}P^{\infty} = B Sp(1)$$ in a ...

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### Reference request for equivariant cohomology of G [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate:
What is the equivariant cohomology of a group acting on itself by conjugation?
Let $G$ be a compact Lie group. Where can one read about the equivariant cohomology ...

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### Cohomology of representation varieties

Perhaps this question is too general then I am sorry about this.
My question is the following.
Let $\pi$ be the fundamental group of a compact surface of genus $g$ (with if necessary $n$ punctures) ...

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### Avatars of the ring of symmetric polynomials

I'm collecting different apparently unrelated ways in which the ring (or rather Hopf algebra with $\langle,\rangle$) of symmetric functions $Z[e_1,e_2,\ldots]$ turns up (for a Lie groups course I will ...

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### Why is the dual of a torus the same as its fundamental group?

The set of continuous homomorphisms from a torus ${\mathbb T}^n = ({\mathbb R}/{\mathbb Z})^n \to {\mathbb R}/{\mathbb Z}$ can be identified with ${\mathbb Z}^n$ if we assign to each $k = (k_1, \ldots ...

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### Virasoro action on the elliptic cohomology

I'm trying to understand better the mathematical notion of elliptic cohomology. Note that I only know the physics definition of the elliptic genus given in Witten's paper.
Let $X$ be a Calabi-Yau ...

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### explicit linear representations of fundamental groups of surfaces

I am looking for an explicit representation of the fundamental group of a closed orientable surface of genus >1. I guess they should be abundant in degree 2. Did anyone see the explicit matrix ...

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### Group Extensions and Line Bundles on $BG$

I am sure the answer to this question is well-known, but
It is well known that the group cohomology $H^2(G,\mathbb Z)$ classifies group extensions $0\to \mathbb Z\to E\to G\to 1$ and that for a ...

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### Poincare dual in equivariant (co)homology?

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group, $X$ be a (compact, oriented) smooth manifold, with $G$ acts on $X$ smoothly. Then we can talk about the $G$-equivariant homology and cohomology.
My question: In what ...

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### Restriction map for Lie algebra/Lie group cohomology associated to a complex semisimple Lie algebra and a semisimple Lie-subalgebra

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite-dimensional complex semisimple Lie algebra (or the corresponding Lie group). For definiteness, I'll take $\mathfrak{g}$ to be of type $A_n$, that is, $\mathfrak{g} = ...

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### Applications of classifying thick subcategories

So, relatively recently, Balmer introduced this notion of a spectrum for a tensor triangulated category and used it to prove a generalization of a classification theorem done in several areas of ...

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### Cohomology of Flag Varieties

For $K$ a compact Lie-group with maximal torus $T$, I'd like to know the cohomology $\text{H}^{\ast}(K/T)$ of the flag variety $K/T$.
If I'm not mistaken, this should be isomorphic to the algebra of ...

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### The equivalence of cateogry of equivariant sheaves on principal bundle and category of sheaves on base space.

Let $\pi:P\mapsto B$ is a $G$-principal bundle, which means $G$ acts on $P$ freely and $\pi$ is a locally trivial fibration. Here is a well-known theorem:
THeorem: The inverse image functor $\pi^*$ ...

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### Homotopy orbit spaces of representation spheres

Let $G$ be a finite group and $V$ be finite-dimensional real representation of $G$. Write $S^V$ for the one-point compactification of $V$, with induced $G$-action, viewed as a pointed space, and ...