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Spectral sequences: opening the black box slowly with an example

My friend and I are attempting to learn about spectral sequences at the moment, and we've noticed a common theme in books about spectral sequences: no one seems to like talking about differentials. ...
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Why are spectral sequences so ubiquitous?

I sort of understand the definition of a spectral sequence and am aware that it is an indispensable tool in modern algebraic geometry and topology. But why is this the case, and what can one do with ...
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Simple examples for the use of spectral sequences

I'm looking for basic examples that show the usefulness of spectral sequences even in the simplest case of spectral sequence of a filtered complex. All I know are certain "extreme cases", where the ...
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introductory book on spectral sequences

I have studied some basic homological algebra. But I can't send to get started on spectral sequences. I find Weibel and McCleary hard to understand. Are there books or web resources that serve as ...
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K(r)-localization and monochromatic layers in the chromatic spectral sequence

While preparing some lecture notes, I had a basic point of confusion come up that I haven't been able to settle. The $BP$-Adams spectral sequence (or $p$-local Adams-Novikov spectral sequence) for ...
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Does the cohomology ring of a simply-connected space X determine the cohomology groups of ΩX?

One could try to apply the Eilenberg-Moore spectral sequence to the pullback diagram • → X ← •, obtaining a spectral sequence TorH•(X, R)(R, R) => H•(ΩX, R), but ...
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Is the 4-line of the E_2 term of the classical Adams spectral sequence known?

In other words: What is $\mathrm{Ext}_{\mathcal{A}}^{4,t}(\mathbb{Z}/2,\mathbb{Z}/2)$? If the 4-line is not known, how much is known about it? Here, $\mathcal{A}$ is the 2-primary Steenrod ...
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Multiplicativity in the descent spectral sequence

For a homotopy sheaf $\mathcal{F}$ of ring spectra over some space (/ site / whatever) $X$ with a cover $U_i$, we can build a "descent spectral sequence" with signature $$E^1_{p, q} = \pi_{p+q} ...
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How do you compute the space of lifts of an E-infinity map?

Let X, Y and B be $E_\infty$ spaces, and let $p: X \rightarrow Y$ and $f: B \rightarrow Y$ be $E_\infty$ maps. We can ask for the space of lifts of f across p, that is the space of $E_\infty$ maps ...
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What is the first interesting matric Toda bracket in the stable homotopy of the sphere?

Feel free to gloss ‘interesting’ as you see fit. One way: 1. What is the lowest degree matric Toda bracket in $\pi_\ast(S)$ that doesn't contain zero? By ‘degree’ I mean total homotopical ...
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How to compute the cohomology of the general linear group with integral entries

Q: So how does one compute the cohomology groups $H^*(GL_n(\mathbf{Z}),\mathbf{Z})$? First note that $H^*(GL_n(\mathbf{Z}),\mathbf{Z})$ is isomorphic to $H_B^*(Y/GL_n(\mathbf{Z}),\mathbf{Z})$ (Betti ...
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The spectral sequence of a tower of principal fibrations

Assume we have a tower of fibrations (of simplicial sets, let's say): $$\cdots\rightarrow X_{n+1}\rightarrow X_n\rightarrow\cdots\rightarrow X_0.$$ Let $X=\lim_nX_n$ be the (homotopy) inverse limit. ...
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Torsion in K-theory versus torsion in cohomology

Inspired by this question, I wonder if anyone can provide an example of a finite CW complex X for which the order of the torsion subgroup of $H^{even} (X; \mathbb{Z}) = \bigoplus_{k=0}^\infty H^{2k} ...
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Some calculations with the Adams spectral sequence and the cobar complex

I am trying to 'get my hands dirty', so to speak, with some of the calculations with the Adams spectral sequence in Ravenel's Complex Cobordism book, and I have a few questions (I hope it is OK to ask ...
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Slick Proof of Kudo Transgression Theorem

The Kudo Trangression Theorem has to do with the transgression in the Leray-Serre spectral sequence for cohomology in $\mathbb{Z}/p$ ($p$ odd). It can be proved by the method of the universal ...
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Serre Spectral Sequence of Representations

Suppose that $G$ is a group acting on a fibre bundle $(F,E,B)$ by bundle automorphisms. In this case, the action automorphisms $E\to E$ give the integral homology $H_\ast(E;\mathbb{Z})$ the structure ...
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Fibrations with isomorphic Leray-Serre spectral sequences and non-isomorphic cohomology ?

Are there fibrations $F_i \to X_i \to B_i$ $(i=1,2)$ with path-connected bases $B_i$ and connected fibres $F_i$ such that their corresponding Leray-Serre spectral sequences (integral coefficients) are ...
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Khovanov-Rozansky homology and spectral sequences

In arXiv:math/0607544 (following conjectures in arXiv:math/0505662), Rasmussen constructs a family of spectral sequences (the "d_N differentials"), starting at the HOMFLY homology of a knot, and ...
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Elementary computation of direct image sheaves.

I am a physicist and would like to understand the section 1 of this math paper, which explains how the SYZ conjecture implies topological mirror symmetry. I have some technical problem and would ...
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Where does the primary obstruction of a fibration show up in its spectral sequence?

Let $f\colon\thinspace E\to B$ be a Serre fibration whose fibre $F$ is $k-1$-connected, $k\geq 1$. Assume $B$ is a connected CW complex. Then the primary obstruction to the existence of a cross ...
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H^d[U(1)^n,U(1)] of the Borel cohomology and Chern-Simons theory

Firstly I apologize that I am a physicist, with a relatively unrigorous math training. My approach of the problem can be Feynman style. Below $Z$ is the integer $\mathbb{Z}$, and $U(1)$ Abelian group ...
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Technology for various models of spectra

There are a couple different models for spectra, or constructions of the categories of spectra that have the desired properties (homotopically and otherwise). The construction of the Categories of ...
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Differentials in the Adams-Novikov spectral sequence and the geometric boundary theorem

$\newcommand\Ext{\mathrm{Ext}} \newcommand\Z{\mathbb{Z}} \newcommand\G{\mathbb{G}}$ The reference for this question will be the paper by Henn, Karamanov and Mahowald - "The homotopy of the ...
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Triply graded spectral sequence?

As we know, most of the spectral sequences are doubly graded. However, this "doubly graded" condition is not a part of the formal definition of spectral sequence. Is there any useful triply ...
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Are the homology and cohomology Serre spectral sequences dual to each other?

If we use homology and cohomology over a field $k$, if a space has homology and cohomology groups of finite type in each degree, then $H_\ast(X;k)$ is dual to $H^\ast(X;k)$ using the universal ...
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A question on some computation of group cohomologies

Let $G=H\times J$, where $H\cong J\cong C_2$ (cyclic group of order 2). Let $M \cong \mathbb{Z}$ be a $G$-module via "trivial $H$-action and negation $J$-action". My question is "What are the group ...
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Retrieval of algebra structure from spectral sequence

Suppose we have a spectral sequence of algebras and know that it degenerates at some $E_r$, take for example the cohomology Leray Serre spectral sequence associated to some fibration $F\hookrightarrow ...
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How does one view the De Rham spectral sequence as a Grothendieck spectral sequence?

I was rereading basic results on de Rham cohomology, and this led me inevitably to the fact that $H^q(X,\Omega^p)$ converges to $H^*(X)$ for any smooth proper variety (over any field). How does one ...
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Third bordism group of BG, where G is an arbitrary compact Lie group.

Is anything known about $\Omega_3(BG)$, where $G$ is an arbitrary compact Lie group; i.e., is it possible to describe the structure of $\Omega_3(BG)$ for any compact Lie group? I know that $H_3(BG)$ ...
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Differentials in the Adams Spectral Sequence for spheres at the prime p=2

How does one compute the differentials in the Adams Spectral Sequence for spheres at the prime 2 in the range $13\le t-s\le 20$? There seem to be 6 nonzero differentials, and at this point I only ...
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Convergence of spectral sequences of cohomological type

Following the first chapter of Hatcher's great book "Spectral Sequences in Algebraic Topology", I got into problems with spectral sequences of cohomological type. Fix a ring $R$ once and for all. ...
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How to Compute Transgressions in a Serre Spectral Sequence?

For a short exact sequence of groups $1\rightarrow A\rightarrow B\rightarrow C\rightarrow 1$ there is an associated fibration $K(A,1)\rightarrow K(B,1)\rightarrow K(C,1)$, which can be constructed by ...
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Image of J in the classical Adams Spectral Sequence

Hey all, I know that in some versions of the Adams Spectral Sequence you can easily identify the image of $J$, and I was wondering if there was a way to identify the image of $J$ in the $E_2$ page of ...
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Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence and non-trivial action on coefficients

Consider an extension\begin{equation}1\rightarrow N\rightarrow G\xrightarrow{\rho} K\rightarrow 1\end{equation}Let $K$ act on a $K$-module $A$ by $\phi_k: a\mapsto k\cdot a$. Define a $G$-action ...
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Can the Bockstein spectral sequence be used to compute cohomology rings ?

If $G$ is a finite group then there is the so-called Bockstein spectral sequence $$E_2^n = H^n(G,\mathbb{F}_p) \Rightarrow \begin{cases} \mathbb{F}_p & n =0 \newline 0 & n>0\end{cases}$$ ...
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An example computation of etale cohomology

(edited for clarity) In a comment on a response to this question, moonface states the following: "Even if you tried to compute H^2 [etale with Z/5Z-coefficients] of a surface fibered in genus 2 ...
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What kind of spectral sequences come from double complexes?

Given a double complex in the first quadrant, one can derive from it a (homological or cohomological) spectral sequence converging to the (co)homology of the total complex of the double complex. My ...
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Calculate the group cohomology classes $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z]$ and $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z_T]$

I would like to know what are the group cohomology classes $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z]$ and $H^d[U(1)\rtimes Z_2, Z_T]$, and/or how to calculate them. It can be shown that $H^d[U(1), Z]$ is $Z$ for ...
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Construction of Serre Spectral Sequence

I'm trying to follow Hopkins' construction of the Serre Spectral Sequence, but some "obvious" things are not that obvious to me. He starts with considering a double complex $C_{\bullet,\bullet}$ with ...
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Serre spectral sequence with spectra

A friend recently asked me if i had heard anything about a stable Serre Spectral Sequence or one constructed with spectra, has any one else ever heard of this? is there any reason other than ...
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Proof of the ''trangression theorem''

Here is what I would call the transgression theorem. Let $X$ be a pointed space and $\Omega X$ its loop space. There are two maps $H_{p}(\Omega X) \to H_{p+1}(X)$ which should be the same. I am ...
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spectral sequence for cobordism without leaving smooth category

In Bott & Tu's marvelous book there is a derivation of the spectral sequence for a (smooth) fiber bundle for deRham cohomology done entirely in the realm of the smooth category. Unfortunately, as ...
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Natural morphism appearing in Grothendieck spectral sequence

Assume we are in the setting of the Grothendieck spectral sequence (Weibel, 5.8): $G : A \to B, F : B \to C$ are left exact functors such that $G$ sends injective objects to $F$-acyclic objects. Now ...
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Are there any cool applications of the generalized Atiyah-Hirzebruch(-Serre) spectral sequence?

Both the Atiyah-Hirzebruch and the Serre spectral sequence can be constructed from a skeletal filtration of a CW-complex: We can construct the Atiyah-Hirzebruch spectral sequence by filtering $X$ by ...
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Motivic homotopy spectral sequence

I would like to have a question about the re-index convention. Let us consider a spectrum $E$ (I am mainly interested in motivic setting, however let's consider the simplicial case firstly, i.e. $E$ ...
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On the multiplicative structure in spectral sequences.

Let $f\colon X \rightarrow Y$ be a continuous map of sufficiently nice topological spaces (say, smooth manifolds). Let ${\cal F}=(\dots\rightarrow F_i \rightarrow F_{i+1}\to \dots)$ be a bounded ...
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The Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence relative to an ideal containing the derived subalgebra

Is the Hochschild-Serre spectral sequence $$H_\bullet(\mathfrak g/\mathfrak h,H_\bullet(\mathfrak h,k))\Rightarrow H_\bullet(\mathfrak g,k)$$ for an extension of Lie algebras $$0\to\mathfrak ...
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Multiplicative structure on spectral sequence

Let $E$ be a spectral sequence and assume that there is a product $E^{r}_{p_1,q_1} \times E^r_{p_2,q_2} \to E^r_{p_1+p_2,q_1+q_2}$ which satisfies the Leibniz rule (for all $p_i,q_i$, but $r$ ...
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On two spectral sequences for the cohomology of a double complex

For a (bounded) double complex (of abelian groups or vector spaces) one can consider two spectral sequences that converge to the cohomology of the totalization: one can first compute either the ...
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Computation of stable homotopy groups of $RP^2$

I would like to compute the first few stable homotopy groups of $RP^2$. I first thought to use the Atiyah-Hirzebruch Spectral Sequence, (see Davis & Kirk, pg. 242). Here is what I computed for ...