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Ever seen a ringed group?

A locally ringed space is a common generalization of schemes and various manifolds. I am wondering about a locally ringed group which should be a common generalization of group schemes and various Lie ...
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When does a closed inclusion induce a closed inclusion on free topological groups?

Suppose $A$ is a closed subspace of a Tychonoff space $X$. Does the inclusion $i:A\hookrightarrow X$ induce a closed embedding of topological groups on the free (Markov -the unbased version) ...
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Examples of certain locally compact totally disconnected groups

To find a counterexample disproving a generalization of a theorem in the theory of scale functions on locally compact totally disconnected groups, initiated by George Willis, I am looking for a group ...
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Dense cyclic subgroup

Does anyone know a continuous group (not necessarily locally compact) with dense cyclic subgroup other than a torus?
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Congruence Subgroups as Open Subgroups of the Modular Group Under the Right Topology

It occurred to me that a subgroup of the modular group $\Gamma$ is a congruence subgroup iff it contains a subgroup of the form $\Gamma(N)$, while a subgroup of a general topological group is open iff ...
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Sequential topological vector spaces

Since I'm dealing with the distinction between sequential continuous and continuous maps at the moment I came to ask myself once again what can be said about spaces where these two notions agree ...
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Are there locally compact groups which have no compact open subgroups and no discrete infinite cyclic subgroups?

The posting of this question was suggested by Yemon Choi: see Discrete cyclic subgroup.. The question is not mine; it's just a rephrasing of Discrete cyclic subgroup. EDIT 4. This post claims that ...
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Status of Hilbert-Smith conjecture and H-S conjecture for Hölder actions

The Hilbert-Smith conjecture states that If $G$ is a locally compact group which acts effectively on a connected manifold as a topological transformation group then is $G$ a Lie group. It was ...
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Why does the generic pair generate a dense subgroup of a connected compact Polish group? (cf. Schreier and Ulam)

A result of Schreier and Ulam from their 1935 paper "Sur le nombre des g$\acute{\textrm{e}}$n$\acute{\textrm{e}}$rateurs d'un groupe topologique compact et connexe" says that if $G$ is a connected ...
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What is the situation with Hilbert's Fifth Problem ?

The common knowledge in this regard seems to be that it was completely solved in the 1950s by a few Americans. About a decade ago, Olver contested that in one of his books. Recently, Palais wrote ...
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Example of a quasitopological group with discontinuous power map

A quasitopological group is a group $G$ with topology such that multiplication $G\times G\rightarrow G$ is continuous in each variable (i.e. all translations are continuous) and inversion ...
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Discrete cyclic subgroup.

Let T is a hausdorff group topology and (G,T) is locally compact abelian group.If (G,T) has no open compact subgroups then can we say G has an infinite discrete cyclic subgroup?
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Group homomorphisms and maps between function spaces

Let G and H be locally compact groups, and let $\theta:G\rightarrow H$ be a continuous group homomorphism. This induces a *-homomorphism $\pi:C^b(H) \rightarrow C^b(G)$ between the spaces of bounded ...
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When are the homology and cohomology Hopf algebras of topological groups equal?

Suppose we have a topological group $G$, then the multiplication map $\mu$ and the diagonal map $\Delta$ provide the cohomology $H^\ast(G;R)$ (with Pontryagin coproduct and cup coproduct) and homology ...
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Fundamental group as topological group

Background Let $(X,x)$ be a pointed topological space. Then the fundamental group $\pi_1(X,x)$ becomes a topological space: Endow the set of maps $S^1 \to X$ with the compact-open topology, endow the ...
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Is the ability to define Haar measure the main (or only) reason to consider locally compact topological groups? [closed]

Because I haven't seen locally compact topological groups used for anything except Fourier analysis.
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Which compact groups have finitely many irreducible representations of each dimension?

If my understanding is correct, this is true of sufficiently nice nonabelian Lie groups (see Ben Webster's answer below), and any finite group. On the other hand, this is false for any infinite ...
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Must a locally compact group be Hausdorff in order to possess a Haar measure?

Does the existence of (left) Haar measure on a locally compact topological group require that the group be Hausdorff?
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Haar Measure on a Quotient [closed]

Suppose you have a locally compact group G with a discrete subgroup H. Of course G has a unique (up to scalar) Haar measure, but it seems that G/H has and induced Haar measure as well. How does ...
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Why are free groups residually finite?

Why is it that every nontrivial word in a free group (it's easy to reduce to the case of, say, two generators) has a nontrivial image in some finite group? Equivalently, why is the natural map from a ...
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Homomorphisms of Topological Groups which are Automatically Fiber Bundles?

Suppose I have a surjective homomorphism of topological groups $f:E \to G$. Let K be the kernel of f. The topological group K acts on E in an obvious way. When is this a fiber bundle over G? (It will ...
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How do you recover the structure of the upper half plane from its description as a coset space?

This is maybe a dumb question. $SL_2(\mathbb{R})$ has a natural action on the upper half plane $\mathbb{H}$ which is transitive with stabilizer isomorphic to $SO_2(\mathbb{R})$. For this reason, ...
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Is there a non-trivial topological group structure of $\mathbb{Z}$?

More specificaly, is there a haussdorf non-discrete topology on $\mathbb{Z}$ that makes it a topological group with the usual addition operation?
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Smoothness as a topological property

Motivation: Let $G$ be an $\ell$-group (locally profinite group). A map $G\to \mathbb{C}$ is called smooth provided that it is continuous as a map $$G\to \mathbb{C}_{discrete}.$$This gives us the ...
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Topological HNN extensions

First, let me recall what an abstract HNN extension is. Let $G$ be an abstract group, $A, B < G$ be subgroups of $G$ and $\phi : A \to B$ be an isomorphisms. Then there is a group $H$ and an ...
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Infinite products of topological groups

While studying for a topological groups course, I wondered if we could define the product of uncountably many topological groups such that the product is still a topological group. That is: let $G_i$ ...
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Haar measure on a quotient, References for.

I remember reading Weil's "Basic Number Theory" and giving up after a while. Now I find myself thinking of it(thanks to some comments by Ben Linowitz). Right from the very beginning, Weil uses the ...
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Countable subgroups of compact groups

What is known about countable subgroups of compact groups? More precisely, what countable groups can be embedded into compact groups (I mean just an injective homomorphism, I don't consider any ...
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Potential connected non-Lie subgroup

This painful question is inspired by the question "non-Lie subgroups" . Let R denote the real numbers. Let f be an discontinuous additive map from R --> R. Is it possible that the graph of f, inside ...