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Stable moduli interpretation of $\mathbb{R}\mathrm{P}^\infty_{-1}$

I attended a talk recently which closed with the following tantalizing facts: there is a naturally occurring map of spectra $$K(\mathbb{S}) \to \Sigma \mathbb{C}\mathrm{P}^\infty_{-1},$$ which can be ...
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Properness of the category of modules over a spectrum (that represents algebraic cobordism or motivic cohomology)

The abstract form of the question: let $C$ be a closed proper stable model category, $R$ is a ring object in it. Which conditions ensure that the category $R-mod$ is also proper? Since weak ...
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Why not a Roadmap for Homotopy Theory and Spectra?

MO has seen plenty of roadmap questions but oddly enough I haven't seen one for homotopy theory. As an algebraic geometer who's fond of derived categories I would like some guidance on how to build up ...
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Quillen functors and stable model categories

Are there any books or papers where I can find some general statements and methods for working with Quillen functors that are not equivalences (and not localizations)? In particular, I would like to ...
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On triangulated categories of pro-objects

Which term is used for model categories whose homotopy categories are triangulated? Stable proper model categories? I want $Ho(Pro-M)$ to be triangulated ($Pro-M$ is the category of pro-objects of M) ...
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Conceptual explanation for the relationship between Clifford algebras and KO

Recall the following table of Clifford algebras: $$\begin{array}{ccc} n & Cl_n & M_n/i^{*}M_{n+1}\\ 1 & \mathbb{C} & \mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z} \\ 2 & \mathbb{H} & ...
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The cell structure of Thom spectra

I would like to understand the cell structure of integrally oriented Thom spectra. A Thom spectrum over a space $X$ is something you can build from a stable spherical bundle, which is classified by a ...
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Open Problems in Algebraic Topology and Homotopy Theory

Some time ago (I see it was initially written before 1999?) Mark Hovey assembled a list of open problems in algebraic topology. The list can be found here. Some of the problems I know about have been ...
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Homotopy limit-colimit diagrams in stable model categories

It is shown in Remark 7.1.12 of (a newer version of) Mark Hovey's book Model Categories that, in a stable model category, homotopy pullback squares coincide with homotopy pushout squares. The argument ...
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Does the signature admit a homotopy coherent refinement?

Cobordism genera can often be refined to $E_\infty$-orientations in the sense of Ando-Blumberg-Gepner-Hopkins-Rezk: 1) the mod 2 Euler characteristic $MO\to H\mathbb{F}_2$; 2) the $\widehat A$-genus ...
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In the cohomology of Thom spectrum over LoopS^{2} and p-adic characteristic classes

Let $T$ denote the thom spectrum over $\Omega S^{2}$ defined by the map $1+3: \Omega S^{2} \to BG_{3}$ where $1 +3$ is a unit in $3$-adics. Here $G_{3}$ is the unit component of ...
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Monoidal Model Categories with Suspension Functor

This is basically just me trying to find out what such categories are called, and where they are written about. If I think of some model category of spectra being a "stabilization" of some model ...
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On the natural (bigraded) homotopy groups of a simplicial object in a model category

$\def\mc{\mathcal} \def\sm{\wedge}$ This question stems from the Goerss-Hopkins paper Moduli Problems for Structured Ring Spectra. Let me begin by attempting to summarize the relevant framework -- ...
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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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Whitehead Theorem for Harmonic Spectra

What are the chances that, for an arbitrary $p$-local harmonic spectrum $X$, if $K(n)\wedge X\simeq\ast$ for all $n$, then $X$ is contractible? This, I believe, holds for suspension spectra and finite ...
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Finiteness of stable homotopy groups of spheres

Since the work of Serre in the early 50's on homotopy groups of spheres, it is known that the homotopy group $\pi_k(S^n)$ is finite, except when $k=n$ (in which case the group is $\mathbb{Z}$), or ...
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Cohomology theory associated to the spectrum BG

Hi, I've recently been interested in Stable Homotopy Theory and was reading this text to understand some basics: http://www.maths.ed.ac.uk/~aar/papers/carlmilg.pdf Near the end of the text (p582) we ...
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Geometric interpretation of families in the stable homotopy groups of spheres

There are infinite families in the stable homotopy groups of spheres; many of these can be seen by looking for "periodicity" phenomena in the Adams-Novikov spectral sequence. An example is the image ...
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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 construct maps between (co)fibre sequences in a stable $\infty$-category?

Fix a stable $\infty$-category $\mathcal{C}$ and two (co)fibre sequences $a \rightarrow b \rightarrow c$ and $x \rightarrow y \rightarrow z$ in $\mathcal{C}$. Now suppose we are given a map $a ...
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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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Chromatic convergence of E(n)-localized homotopy categories

Given the Chromatic Convergence Theorem, can we state this globally as some convergence in the category of categories? That is, we have the subcategories of finite spectra in each stable homotopy ...
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The Bousfield Class of the Infinite Wedge of Telescopes of Finite Spectra

The spectrum $T(n)$ which is the telescope of a finite spectrum of type n along its self-map, has a unique Bousfield class $\langle T(n)\rangle$ which only depends on $n$. It is also known, from ...
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Is it possible to define a perverse $t$-structure for a certain triangulated category of sheaves of spectra?

The perverse t-structure for the derived category of complexes of sheaves is certainly a mighty tool for studying cohomology. My question is: does there exist any homotopy-theoretic analogue for it ...
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The stable-homotopy-homology-theory

Hi Is there a way to stabilise relative homotopy groups into giving the stable-homotopy-homology-functor? The fact that the homotopy excision theorem holds for exactly the same kind of pair that ...
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Homotopy type of tensors of Moore spectra

I would like to hear what's known about the homotopy type of smash products of mod-$p^j$ Moore spectra, for $p$ an odd prime. First, here is what I'm specifically interested in: there is a short ...
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do spectra have diagonal maps?

Topological spaces have diagonal maps $X \rightarrow X \times X$ and $X \rightarrow X \wedge X$, and suspension spectra also have diagonal maps $\Sigma^\infty X \rightarrow \Sigma^\infty(X \wedge X) ...
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Dedekind Spectra

Is there a class of ring spectra that corresponds to and/or extends the class of Dedekind rings from traditional algebra? Is there a notion of "ring of integers" of a ring spectrum? Additionally, is ...
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What are the best known results for the stable homotopy groups of spheres?

There are a number of proposed ways to compute the stable homotopy groups of spheres. One can rather peculiarly consider stable (co)homotopy of an Eilenberg Maclane spectrum as a generalised ...
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Modern Source for Spectra (including Ring Spectra)

I am looking for a modern introduction to Spectra that improves on the treatment by Adams in his "Stable Homotopy and Generalized Homology" notes (by improves I mean taking into account what has been ...
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What do the stable homotopy groups of spheres say about the combinatorics of finite sets?

The Barratt-Priddy-Quillen(-Segal) theorem says that the following spaces are homotopy equivalent in an (essentially) canonical way: $\Omega^\infty S^\infty:=\varinjlim~ \Omega^nS^n$ ...
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Is there a map of spectra implementing the inverse of the Thom isomorphism?

In the top answer to the question "Is there a map of spectra implementing the Thom isomorphism?" it is explained (with a reference to Rudyaks book) that from a rank $r$ vector bundle $\mu:V\to X$, a ...
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Complex orientation of the Adams Summand

First lets fix a prime $p$ (I really care about $p=2$ but would be happy to know about other primes as well). When localized at a prime the spectrum $ku$ (Complex connective K-theory) splits as a ...
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Integral cohomology (stable) operations

There have been a couple questions on MO, and elsewhere, that have made me curious about integral or rational cohomology operations. I feel pretty familiar with the classical Steenrod algebra and its ...
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Is there a map of spectra implementing the Thom isomorphism?

A well known theorem in algebraic topology relates the (co)homology of the Thom space $X^\mu$ of a orientable vector bundle $\mu$ of dimension $n$ over a space $X$ to the (co)homology of $X$ itself: ...
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third stable homotopy group of spheres via geometry?

It is ''well-known'' that the third stable homotopy group of spheres is cyclic of order $24$. It is also ''well-known'' that the quaternionic Hopf map $\nu:S^7 \to S^4$, an $S^3$-bundle, suspends to a ...
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Is the injective model structure on symmetric spectra Bousfield localizable?

I am interested in injective model structures on both symmetric spectra as exposed in Hovey/Shipley/Smith and motivic symmetric spectra as in Jardine's article. Both authors take a model structure on ...
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The homotopy cofiber of the smash product of two maps of spectra

It is a standard fact that smashing with a fixed spectrum $Z$ preserves cofiber sequences. So if I have a cofiber sequence $$X \xrightarrow{f} Y \rightarrow C_f$$ then there is also a cofiber ...
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Values of the multiplicative group over a ring spectrum

In his notes on elliptic cohomology, Lurie defines the multiplicative group $\mathbb{G}_m$ over a ring spectrum $A$ as $\operatorname{Spec} A[\mathbb{Z}]$. What is the value $\mathbb{G}_m(B)$ of the ...
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A Model Structure on Symmetric Monoidal Categories

The recent article found here revisits Thomason's proof that symmetric monoidal categories model all connective spectra, but stops short of showing that there is a full closed model structure on this ...
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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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Complex orientations on homotopy

I am wondering if there is a more "geometric" formulation of complex orientations for cohomology theories than just a computation of $E^*\mathbb{C}$P$^{\infty}$ or a statement about Thom classes. It ...
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complex cobordism from formal group laws?

Reading Ravenel's "green book", I wonder about his question on p.15 "that the spectrum MU may be constructed somehow using formal group law theory without using complex manifolds or vector bundles. ...
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Reference for iterated homotopy fixed points?

What are (good) references for results about iterated homotopy fixed points? That is, suppose G is a topological group acting on a space (or spectrum) X, and H is a normal subgroup of G. Then one ...
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squares in stable homotopy

I noticed that the generator of the second stable stem b is the square of the generator of the first stable stem a, in the sense that if take two copies of a and smash product them together you get b ...
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Stable presentable categories as module categories

There is a theorem of Schwede and Shipley which classifies categories of modules over an A∞ ring spectrum as those stable presentable (∞,1)-categories with a compact generator. Suppose I ...