# Questions tagged [configuration-spaces]

for questions on configuration spaces, both in the sense of spaces that parameterizes collections of points in a manifold, and in the sense of the space of possible states of a classical mechanical physical system.

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### Visualising the moduli space of stable disks with interior marked point and 4 marked point on the boundary

Is there any nice description/picture of the moduli space of stable disks with 1 interior marked point and 4 marked points on the boundary?
I'm expecting it to be a 3-dimensional polytope, because ...

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### Homology of configuration space of punctured projective spaces?

Let $M=\mathbb{C}P^n$ or $\mathbb{R}P^n$ with $m$ punctures, is it known what the homology of the configuration space, $H_*(C_k(M))$ is? How are cases $\mathbb{C}P^n$ and $\mathbb{R}P^n$ different?

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### Is it true, the space of embeddings segments is homotopy equivalent to the subspace of all line segments?

Consider the space of smooth embeddings of the segment in the plane with the compact-open topology. Denote by X the quotient space obtained from the equivalence relation $a \sim b$ if and only if $\...

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### Zero differential in Serre spectral sequence for configuration spaces

I moved this question from Math StackExchange.
I am trying to compute homology of $Conf(n, \mathbb{R}^2)$ - ordered configurations of $n$ points on the plane - using Serre spectral sequence. I know ...

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### Optimizing Function over Configuration Space

Below, I describe a function defined on (a certain subset of) the configuration space of $n$ points on the plane and I want to know how its maximum grows as $n\to\infty$. Before describing the ...

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### Where have you encountered “arrangement spaces”?

I am compiling a paper in which I advertise (and use) the following notion of arrangement spaces (I made up the name, as I found no standard name in the literature).
Let $v_i\in\Bbb R^d,i\in N:=\{1,.....

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### Graded commutativity of the $n$th Browder bracket

Let $\mathcal{O}$ be a topological operad and $X$ an algebra over $\mathcal{O}$. Then $H_*(X)$ is an algebra (in the category of $\mathbb{Z}$-graded $R$-modules) over $H_*(\mathcal{O})$. Each $e\in ...

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### Configurations of $n$ points modulo isometries of the ambient space

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold and let $n$ a positive integer. Denote by $F_n(M) \subset M^n$ the space of all $n$-tuples of pairwise distinct points from $M$. The isometries of $M$ act co-ordinate ...

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### Cohomology of little disks and dg algebras over $\mathbb{F}_p$

This a alternative form of the question I posted some time ago.
We, the people who don't know topology, are told that in characteristic p the formalizm of DG algebras is not quite adequate for ...

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### Does the Serre spectral sequence of the Fadell-Neuwirth fibration collapse if there is a cross-section?

I had asked a vague question in MSE where a useful pointer to the Leray-Hirsch theorem was mentioned by Mike Miller in the comments, but received no answers. Here I will specialize to an interesting ...

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### Is there a proof of the formality of configuration spaces of Euclidean spaces that do not involve operads?

By "configuration spaces of $\mathbb{R}^n$" I mean ordered configuration spaces:$$\operatorname{Conf}_k(\mathbb{R}^n) = \{ (x_1,\dots,x_k) \in (\mathbb{R}^n)^k \mid x_i \neq x_j, \, \forall i \neq j \}...

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### Genus=2 theta functions, Arnold's relation, and KZ connection

Let $C_5:=\{{(z_1 \dots, z_5) \in (\mathbb{C})^5 | z_i \neq z_j \forall i\neq j }\}$ be the configuration space of five distinct ordered points in $\mathbb{C}$. Arnold showed that the holomorphic one ...

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### Very symmetric quadrangle in $\Bbb CP^2$

Is there a quadrangle $Q \subset \Bbb CP^2$, namely $Q$ is a set of four points, such that every permutation of $Q$ can be realizad by an isometric projectivity of $\Bbb CP^2$?
Clearly the analogous ...

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### Configuration spaces, Ran spaces, free semilattices, Vietoris spaces and power objects

These are five important constructions and I would like to know how they are related.
The $n$th unordered configuration space of a space $X$ is
$$
\operatorname{UConf}_n(X):=\{\text{embeddings of $\{...

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### Topological Complexity $TC$ of two robots moving on number $8$

I have been working on my research as a student at Wilbur Wright College on Topological Complexity. We solved the problem of two robots moving on a circle and letter $T$ using Farber's theorem but ...

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### What's the meaning of the Johnson filtration in terms of configuration spaces?

This question is inspired of course by the remarkable paper of Tetsuhiro Moriyama from 2008.
Let $\Sigma$ be a genus $g \geq 3$ closed surface.
Let $\phi : \Sigma \to \Sigma$ be an orientation ...

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### Is the configuration space of ordered triples of distinct points in the four-edge banana graph homotopy equivalent to a surface of genus 13?

If $X$ is a topological space, write $C_n(X)$ for the configuration space of distinct ordered tuples of points in $X$:
$$C_n(X) = \{(x_1, \ldots, x_n) \in X^n \mbox{ so that $i \neq j \implies x_i \...

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### fundamental group of configuration spaces of ordered points on open Riemann surfaces

Let $\bar{X}$ be a compact Riemann surface of genus $g>0$. Let $X$ be $\bar{X}$ minus a finite set of points $\{a_1,\ldots,a_n\}$ ($n\geq 1$). Let $X^{(r)}$ be the configuration space of $r$ ...

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### (Ordered) Configuration space in algebraic geometry

Let $X$ be a topological space and denote by $F_n(X)$ the following subspace:
$$F_n(X):=\{(x_1,\cdots ,x_n)\in X^n: x_i\neq x_j \forall i\neq j\}.$$
Note that, we are not considering the quotient of $...

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### cohomology of configuration space of punctured variety

Given a smooth projective variety $X$ of dimension $l$, we denote with $F(X,n)$ the configuration space of points
$$
F(X,n):=\{(x_{1}, \dots, x_{n})\in X^{n}\: : \: x_{i}\neq x_{j}\text{ for each }i,j ...

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### group actions of $S^3$ on the configuration space of projective plane

Let $\mathbb{R}P^2$ be the lines in $\mathbb{R}^3$ passing through the origin. Let $SO(3)$ act on $\mathbb{R}^3$ canonically. Then $SO(3)$ has an induced action on $\mathbb{R}P^2$. Let $F(\mathbb{R}P^...

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### mod $p$ homology module of unordered configuration spaces of the projective plane

Let $M$ be a manifold and $k$ be a positive integer. Let $F(M,k)$ be the $k$-th ordered configuration space over $M$, consisting of all ordered $k$-tuples of distinct points in $M$. Let $\Sigma_k$ be ...

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### cohomology ring of configuration spaces on $S^2$ and the projective plane

For a manifold $M$ and a positive integer $n$, the unordered configuration space $B(M,n)$ is the space consisting of all unordered collections of $n$ distinct points on $M$. Precisely,
$$
B(M,n)=\{(...

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### coefficient of homology of configuration spaces over real projective spaces

In the slides Characteristic Classes of Surface Bundles
and Configuration Spaces, Miguel A. Xicot'encatl, page 38, what is the coefficient of the following homology?
Could the coefficient be an ...

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### factorization of the cohomology of configuration space

This question is a follow-up to my previous question factorization of the regular representation of the symmetric group, which was answered in a very satisfactory way.
Let $\operatorname{Conf}(n,\...

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### homotopy equivalence between configuration spaces

Let $M$ be a $m$-dimensional compact manifold without boundary and $W(M)$ the non-compact $CW$-complex obtained by glueing $[0,1)\times (0,1)^{m-1}$ to $M$, identifying the boundary $\{0\}\times(0,1)^{...

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### torsion part of the cohomology module of configuration spaces of manifolds

Let $M$ be a manifold and $C_n(M)$ the $n$-th unordered configuration space consisting of unordered $n$-tuples of distinct points in $M$. The mod $p$ homology module, $p$ prime, and the rational ...

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### equivariant embeddings from the k-th configuration space to the k+1-th configuration space

Let $S$ be a closed, orientable surface in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and $S'$ be the manifold $S\setminus\text{one point}$. Let $F(S',k)$ be the $k$-th (ordered) configuration space on $S'$. It is claimed in ...

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### configuration space of Riemannian manifolds with a parameter on the distance of distinct points

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold. For any $\epsilon\geq 0$, we define the $k$-th ($k=1,2,\cdots$) "$\epsilon$-configuration space" as
$$
F(M,k,\epsilon)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\in M^k\mid d(x_i, x_j)>\...

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### cohomology ring of stable configuration spaces

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold without boundary. Distinct $k$-points $x_1,\cdots,x_k\in M$ are called stable if the potential energy given by coulomb forces among $k$ electrons reaches ...

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### symmetric points on symmetric spaces

Let $M$ by an $m$-dimensional symmetric space (or a general Riemannian manifold). The finite distinct points $p_1,p_2,\cdots,p_n\in M$ are said symmetric, if for any permutation $\sigma$ on $1,2,\...

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### electron configuration on manifolds

Let $M$ be a Riemannian manifold. For $k\geq 2$, suppose there are $k$ particles whose mass and volume can be regarded as zero and negatively charged with electricity equally. These $k$ particles move ...

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### distinct multiple points in a space with at least one point lying in a subspace

Let $X$ be a topological space and $A$ a subspace of $X$. Given $k\geq 2$, let the unordered configuration space be
$$
B(X,k)=\{(x_1,x_2,\cdots,x_k)\in X^k\mid x_i\neq x_j \text{ for any } i\neq j\}
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### Cohomology of configuration space as a representation of the symmetric group

Let $X_n$ be the space of $n$ distinct labeled points in $\mathbb{R}^3$, which is equipped with an action of the symmetric group $S_n$. It is well known that the total cohomology of $X_n$ is ...

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### cohomology ring of the fundamental group of unordered configuration space

From the lecture notes INTRODUCTION TO CONFIGURATION SPACES AND THEIR
APPLICATIONS, p. 18, I find:
Os it possible to derive the cohomology ring $H^*(Conf(S,k)/\Sigma_k;\mathbb{Z}_2)$ from the above ...

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### dimension of generators of cohomology ring of iterated loop-suspension

In the book The unstable Adams spectral sequence for free iterated loop spaces, R.J. Wellington, Mem. Amer. Math. Soc. 258, 1982, p. 32
Question: When $p=2$, $k\geq 1$, $n=0$ to $\infty$, what kind ...

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### Stiefel-Whitney class of unordered configuration space

Let $S^m$ be the $m$-sphere and $$F(S^m,2)/\mathbb{Z}_2=\{(a,b)\mid a,b\in S^m, a\neq b\}/(a,b)\sim (b,a)$$ be the $2$-nd unordered configuration space on $S^m$. How to compute the total Stiefel-...

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### unordered configuration space over spheres and Euclidean spaces

For a topological space $X$, let $B(X,k)$ be the $k$-th unordered configuration space. Then
$$
B(\mathbb{R}^n,2)\simeq \mathbb{R}P^{n-1},
$$
$$
B(S^n,2)\simeq \mathbb{R}P^n.
$$
Hence
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B(\...

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### coproduct of the homology of iterated loop space on spheres

Let $\Omega^{n+1}S^{n+1}$ be the base-pointed $(n+1)$-iterated loop space on the $(n+1)$-sphere. In the paper The homology of $\mathcal{C}_{n+1}$-spaces, $n\geq 0$, F. Cohen, Lecture notes in ...

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### homotopy equivalence between configuration spaces on non-homeomorphic spaces

(1). Let $D^m$ be the closed $m$-disc in $\mathbb{R}^m$. For each $k$, does the $k$-th configuration space on $D^m$ homotopy equivalent to the $k$-th configuration space on $\mathbb{R}^m$
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F(D^m,k)\...

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### Configuration spaces of positive and negative particles

In the paper Mapping class group and function spaces: a survey, F. Cohen, M.A. Maldonado, page 3, line from bottom 1-3, it is given that for a $m$-manifold $M$, there is a map from the labelled ...

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### maps from labelled configuration space to section space / iterated loop space

In the paper Mapping class group and function spaces: a survey, F. Cohen, M.A. Maldonado, 2014, page 3, Section 3:
for a $m$-manifold $M$, consider the disc bundle $D(M)$ in the tangent bundle $T(M)$...

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### Group completion of labelled configuration space on Euclidean spaces

In the lecture notes The Homology of $\mathcal{C}_{n+1}$-spaces, $n\geq 0$, F. Cohen, page 225 -226, it is obtained that there is a group completion on homology
$$
\alpha_n: C(\mathbb{R}^n;X)\to \...

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### configuration space and iterated loop space

Let the topological monoid $M$ be the configuration space $C(\mathbb{R}^n;X)=C_n(X)$ as in the book The geometry of iterated loop spaces, Theorem 5.2. I want to prove that the map $\alpha_n$ in ...

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### iterated loop spaces and configuration spaces [closed]

In the lecture notes by J.P. May, The geometry of iterated loop spaces, Chapter 5, formula (1), (2) and (10), a map
$$
\phi: Hom_T(X,\Omega Y)\to Hom_T(SX,Y)
$$
is defined. And a map
$$
\eta_n=\phi^{-...

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### unordered configuration space of pointed space

Let $(X,*)$ be a pointed topological space.
Let $F(X,k)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\in X^k\mid \forall i\neq j: x_i\neq x_j, \}$.
Let $F(X,k)/S_k$ be the $k$-th unordered configuration space.
Is there an ...

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### Unordered configuration space of $\mathbb{R}P^1$

In the paper
GEOMETRY OF TRUNCATED SYMMETRIC PRODUCTS AND REAL
ROOTS OF REAL POLYNOMIALS, JACOB MOSTOVOY, Bull. London Math. Soc. (1998) 30 (2):
159-165,
Theorem 2. (b): $TP^n(\mathbb{R}...

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### How do we see the rank of the braid group?

The only presentation of the braid group that most people ever see is the standard Artin presentation
$$B_n=\langle σ_1,\cdots,σ_{n−1}|\ σ_iσ_j=σ_jσ_i\ \ (|i−j|>1),\ σ_iσ_{i+1}σ_i=σ_{i+1}σ_i σ_{i+...

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### cohomology ring of configuration spaces

In the paper configuration spaces: applications to Gelfand-Fuks cohomology, by F. Cohen and L. Taylor, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., 1978, theorem 1, I did not find the proof. What method did the author use ...

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### contractible configuration spaces

Let $F(M,k)=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_k)\mid x_1\cdots,x_k\in M,x_i\neq x_j, \text{ for } i\neq j \}$. It is known that $F(\mathbb{R}^\infty,k)$ is contractible for each $k$.
My question: is $F(S^\infty,k)$ ...