# Questions tagged [classifying-spaces]

The classifying space BG of a group G classifies principal G-bundles, in that homotopy classes of maps [X, BG] are naturally identified with isomorphism classes of principal G-bundles P ⭢ X.

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### "Whenever we have some interesting invariant of spaces, we try to cook up a space that represents this invariant"

In his essay Classifying Spaces Made Easy Baez writes: We've seen this trick a couple of times lately, and it's actually a big theme in homotopy theory: whenever we have some interesting invariant of ...
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### Explicitly calculating the homotopy fiber of a 3-cocycle in the category of simplicial sets

I am stuck at a critical step in my master's thesis. If someome can help me out here, I will give appropriate credit. We know that the data of a 2-group $G$ can be given by a group $\tau_0(G)$ and a 3-...
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### If $G$ is a topological group that contains a torsion element, then the classifying space $BG$ is infinite-dimensional?

We know that if $G$ is a topological group that contains a torsion element and $G$ satisfies additional conditions such as $G$ discrete or $G$ finite-dimensional, then the classifying space $BG$ is ...
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### Classifying space $\text{BU}(n)$ from the differential-geometric point of view?

The classifying space of a topological group $G$ is the quotient of $EG$ (a topological space with vanishing homotopy groups) by a proper free action of $G$. The standard notation for the classifying ...
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### Cohomology ring $H^*(BG,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ for $G=\mathbb{Z}_2\ltimes B^2\mathbb{Z}^2$

$$\newcommand{\Z}{\mathbb{Z}}$$ Consider the group $G=\Z_2\ltimes B^2\Z^2$ where $\Z_2$ acts on $\Z^2$ by interchanging the two factors of $\Z^2$, hence $\Z_2$ also acts on the Eilenberg-MacLane ...
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### Classifying space of bundles over bundles

Consider a sufficiently nice topological space $X$ as well as topological groups $G$ and $H$. Consider the functor $F$ that associates to $X$ the set of all isomorphism classes of all principal $H$-...
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### construction of open subsets in classifying space $BG$

Let $G$ be an arbitrary group and we construct the classifying space $BG$ as quotient of $EG$ where the latter one is considered in this discussion to be constructed in natural way as $\Delta$-complex ...
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### Bounded and Lipschitz De Rham cohomology representatives for pull-backs from classifying spaces

Let $(M,g)$ be a Riemannian manifold with $\pi_1(M)=\Gamma$. Let $\tilde{M}$ be its universal cover, and let $f\colon M\to B\Gamma$ be a classifying map. Given any smooth differential form $\omega$ on ...
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### Milnor's universal bundle as a colimit?

I have had Milnor's construction of the classifying space of a topological group explained to me on multiple occasions, and seen it described briefly in various places. But only now am I reading the ...
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### Classifying space induces a equivalence of categories between $\operatorname{PBun}_G(M)$ and $\Pi(M,BG)$ for finite groups $G$

Let $G$ be a finite group, $BG$ its classifying space and M a manifold. Then it is mentioned in Schweigert and Woike - Orbifold construction for topological field theories (Remark 2.3 d) that there is ...
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### CW-presentation of configurations of points in plane and space

I know from the the theory of Artin groups that, as the $K(\pi,1)$ conjecture is known for Braids group, that using Salvetti complexes we have a fairly explicit finite CW-complex presentation of the ...
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### $E_\infty$-space structure of $B\mathrm{GL}(\mathbb S_{(p)})$

In Geometric Topology - Localization, Periodicity, and Galois Symmetry by Dennis Sullivan, we can read that there is a decomposition B\mathrm{SL}(\mathbb S_{(p)})\times K((\mathbf Z_{(p)})^\times)\...
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### Čech nerve $C(U)$ corresponds to $BG$ in same manner as a hypercover $\mathcal{H}(U)$ to

We can via the bar construction canonically associate to a monoid $A$ the nerve $N(B A)$, a simplicial set with $N(\mathbf{B}A)_k := \times^{k+1} A$ and canonical face maps and degeneracy maps ...
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### Definition of universal bundle in category of smooth manifolds

Let $(P, M, G)$ a smooth principal bundle over smooth manifold $M$ with Lie group $G$. We denote by $k_{G}(M)$ the set of all classes of principal G-bundle isomorphisms. If i want to define universal ...
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### Applications of Chow rings of classifying spaces in algebraic geometry

For an algebraic group $G$, the Chow ring of its classifying space $BG$, in the sense of Totaro, The Chow ring of a classifying space has been computed in many cases. Is there any interesting ...
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### Delooping of a group object as a one object groupoid

According to https://ncatlab.org/nlab/show/delooping#delooping_of_a_group_to_a_groupoid we can think of delooping of a group as the one object groupoid $BG$ consisting of a single object and whose ...
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### For which G is BLG weak homotopy equivalent to LBG?

Let $G$ be a (Edit: path-)connected topological group. Under what additional hypotheses on $G$ is it true that $LBG$ is a classifying space for $LG$? (or, I guess equivalently, when is $LBG \sim BLG$?)...
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### Classifying space BG and contractable space EG

This question is probably not research level that's why I asked it previously on MSE a week ago. Unfortunately it doesn't get much attention there and I thought I would try it here. Choose a ...
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### Displaying displayed categories

Displayed categories provide a natural categorification from classifying functions to the world of functors. The spirit of the idea is to encode a functor $F: D \to C$ using a suitable 2-functor (...
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### 1-dimensional pure gauge theory

I am learning TQFT from compact Lie groups by Freed, Hopkins, Lurie, and Teleman: https://arxiv.org/abs/0905.0731 , and got stuck very hard even in the first section ($n = 1$), which was "trivial but ...
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### Map from a classifying space to a stack

Let $G$ be an algebraic group over a field $k$, and let $BG$ be its classifying space. Let $X$ be a stack over $k$ (e.g. $X$ could be the Picard stack $Pic(S)$, for some scheme $S$). I'm trying to ...
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### Group completion of $E_k$-algebras

Let $X$ be an $E_k$-algebra. We can form the delooping $BX$, which is a $E_{k-1}$-algebra. The space $\Omega B X$ is again an $E_k$-algebra, which is grouplike (i. e. $\pi_0(\Omega B X)=\pi_1(B X)$ is ...
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### A sufficient condition for $\pi_1(\operatorname B\Gamma) = 0$

I am currently reading Ghys and Sergiescu's paper Sur un groupe remarquable de difféomorphisms du cercle (French only I'm afraid), but part of their proof of Corollary 3.4 (page 20 of the pdf) is ...
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### When does $BG \to BA$ loop to a homomorphism?

If I have a compact connected Lie group $G$ and a (relatively nice) simply-connected topological abelian group $A$, when is it the case that a given $f\colon BG \to BA$ loops to a (continuous) ...
Take $BO=\bigcup_{n\geq 1}BO(n)$ and $BTOP=\bigcup_{n\geq 1}BTOP(n)$ where $TOP(n)$ is the set of homeomorphisms of $\mathbb{R}^n$ which send $0$ to $0$ and let $\phi: BO \rightarrow BTOP$ be the map ...
Let $\mathbb{K}_0 \subset \mathbb{K}$ be two tori (subtori of $(S^1)^n$). We suppose that $\mathbb{K}_0$ is obtained from $\mathbb{K}$ by the following procedure: consider, on the lie algebra \$\text{...