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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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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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Grothendieck spectral sequence when one of the functors is contravariant

Let $f \colon X \rightarrow S$ be a morphism of schemes. I am interested in computing the cohomology groups of $$ \mathbf{R}\mathscr{H}om(\mathbf{R}f_* \mathcal{O}_X, \mathcal{O}_S) $$ in terms of ...
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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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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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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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Persistence barcodes and spectral sequences

Persistent homology is a well-developed tool which allows topological analysis of large data sets. From a topological perspective, the input is a filtered complex, and the output is a sequence of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What does convergence of a Bousfield-Kan spectral sequence say about the homotopy type of the totalization?

Given a cosimplicial space or spectrum $X^\bullet$, there is an associated Bousfield-Kan spectral sequence. This starts out as the bigraded object obtained by taking homotopy groups of each $X^n$ and ...
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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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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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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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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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Why does strong convergence of the EMSS imply that Tot commutes with suspension spectrum?

Given a fiber square of simplicial sets $$\begin{array}{cc} & \hspace{-7mm} E \\ &\hspace{-7mm}\downarrow \\ \ast\longrightarrow &\hspace{-7mm} B \end{array}$$ ...
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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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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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Multiplicative Structure of the Atiyah-Hirzebruch/Leray-Serre spectral sequence

This is related to this question (unanswered yet). Is there a nice explanation of the multiplicative structure on the higher pages of that spectral sequence? I want to assume that $h$ is some ...
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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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isomorphic spectral sequences => quasi-isomorphic filtered chain complexes?

Let $(C,\partial)$ and $(C',\partial')$ be chain complexes of $R$-modules where $R$ is a (commutative) ring. Let $F$ and $F'$ be finite filtrations of $C$ and $C'$ respectively, i.e., $$\varnothing = ...
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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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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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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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Does the degeneracy of the Frölicher spectral sequence vary in families?

I would like to know if there are any known examples of families of complex manifolds for which the Frölicher spectral sequence of one fibre degenerates on the $E_m$ page and the spectral sequence 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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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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cup product and Steenrod operations in Serre spectral sequence

Let $F\to E\to B$ be a fibration with $B$ simply-connected. Suppose all differentials in the cohomology Serre spectral sequence (corresponding to the above fibration) are zero maps. Then as a graded ...
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Do people still use Massey Products for computations in the Adams Spectral Sequence

Hey everyone, It seems to me like in the literature of the Adams Spectral Sequence, older publications (Toda, May, Tengora+Mahowald) make heavy and explicit use of Massey Products for computations. ...