# Questions tagged [loop-spaces]

The loop space $Ω_X$ of a pointed topological space $X$ is the space of based maps from the circle $\mathbb S^1$ to $X$ with the compact-open topology.

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### Where can I find W. Browder's thesis

I've been looking for W. Browder's thesis Homology of loop spaces for a while now, and I really found nothing except for articles and book having it in their bibliography. Does someone know if it can ...

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### Grothendieck Riemann Roch is abelian localisation on loop spaces

Abelian localisation says approximately that for a proper equivaraint map $f:X\to Y$ between schemes with a $\mathbf{G}_m$ action, the pushforward on cohomology $f_*\omega$ can be computed by the ...

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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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### Infinite loop space of ring spectra: the cup product

I have a basic question on homotopy theory, and I would welcome answers or references both from the classic and the motivic context of homotopy theory.
Let $\mathbb{E}=(E_n)_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ be an ...

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### If $\Omega X \simeq \Omega Y$ then is $X \simeq Y$ for $X,Y$ simply connected?

If $\Omega X \simeq \Omega Y$ then is $X \simeq Y$ for $X,Y$ simply connected?
Assuming $X,Y$ are nice spaces like CW of course.
Clearly this is true by Whitehead, but I am looking for a more ...

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### The free smooth path space on a manifold

Let $M$ be a closed, smooth manifold and let $PM$ be the space of unbased piecewise smooth paths $[0,1] \to M$. Then restricting a path to its boundary gives a map
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PM \to M \times M .
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### Delooping the quotient space $SU/SU(n)$

Let $SU$ denote the infinite unitary group. Does the quotient space $SU/SU(n)$ admit a delooping $X$? One could also ask that this space $X$ sit in a fiber sequence $BSU(n)\to BSU\to X$, but this is ...

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### Sheafification of loop scheme/group

Let $X$ be a scheme over $K = k((t))$, where $k$ is a field. We define the loop scheme $LX$ to be the functor from the category of $k$-algebras to sets by $R \mapsto LX(R) := X(Spec (R((t))))$.
Do we ...

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### How are characteristic classes morphisms of infinite loop spaces? (if they are)

The direct sum of real vector bundles endows $BO=\mathrm{colim} BO(n)$ with a natural structure of abelian group up to homotopy. The same applies to the classifying spaces of all groups in the ...

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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) ...

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### The free loop space of spheres

Let $n>1$. The homology of the free loop space $\Lambda S^n$ of the sphere $S^n$ contains two torsion if $n$ is even. Thus the fibration
$$
\Omega S^n\rightarrow \Lambda S^n\rightarrow S^n
$$
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### Exterior derivative on loop space

Notations:
Let $X$ be a manifold, and denote by $LX := C^\infty(S^1,X)$ its loop space. For a loop $\gamma \in LX$ we can think at the tangent space of $LX$ at the point $\gamma$ as the space of ...

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### Mapping a loop space to quaternionic projective space

Let $\mathbf{H}P^\infty$ denote the infinite-dimensional quaternionic projective space. The inclusion of its bottom cell defines a map $S^4 \to \mathbf{H}P^\infty$. Does this extend to a map $\Omega S^...

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### Homology of the free loop space of a Grassmanian

Is there any reference for calculation of the rational homology of the free loop space $H_*(\mathcal{L}Gr(k,n),\mathbb{Q})$ of a complex Grassmanian? More precisely, I am interested in computing ranks ...

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### The tangent space to the Hilbert manifold of $H^1$ loops at non-smooth loops

It is satisfactory to have a nice functional analytic setting for the energy functional in Riemannian geometry. I'm currently deep into Klingenberg's book "Riemannian geometry" which (among other ...

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### Unstable and stable looping and delooping

I have some basic questions on the relation of looping and delooping in the stable and unstable homotopy categories. I state them it in the motivic setting, but if somebody has an answer for an ...

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### Is there a fibration sequence of spectra $K\mathbb{F}_q\to KU\to KU$?

Quillen famously constructed a fibration sequence $BGL(\mathbb{F}_q)^+ \to BU \to BU$ to compute the algebraic K-groups of finite fields, where the second map is $\psi^q-1$. Does this lift to the ...

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### Unstable Greek letter elements

A theorem of Hopkins and Mahowald states that the Thom spectrum of the map $\Omega^2 S^3 \to B\mathrm{GL}_1(\mathbb{S}_{(p)})$ classifying the element $p$ is exactly $\mathrm{H}\mathbf{F}_p$. Let $T(1)...

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### Weak homotopy equivalence between $\Omega \underset{\rightarrow}{\lim}Z_n$ and $\underset{\rightarrow}{\lim}\Omega Z_n$

Let $Z_1 \rightarrow Z_2 \rightarrow\cdots$ be an arbitrary sequence of CW-complexes and let $\Omega X$ denote the loop space over $X$. In Allen Hatcher's "Algebraic Topology" (http://pi.math.cornell....

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### CW complex of iterated loop spaces

In Milnor's book Morse Theory, it is proved that the loop space $\Omega S^n$ of the n sphere has the homotopy type of a CW complex with one cell each in the dimensions 0, n-1, 2n-2, 3n-3, ... Or more ...

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### Homotopy orbits, spectra and infinite loop spaces

Let $X$ be an (naive) $O(n)$-spectrum (I'm choosing to work with orthogonal spectra). I've recently come across the following results,
$$(S^{n-1} \wedge X)_{hO(n)} \simeq X_{hO(n-1)}$$
and
$$\Omega^...

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### Is $\Omega J_{p^n-1}S^2$ commutative up to homotopy?

Fix a prime $p\geq 5$ and an integer $n>0$. All spaces in this question are implicitly $p$-localized. Consider the spaces $X=J_{p^n-1}S^2$ (the $p^n-1$'th stage in the James construction $JS^2\...

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### Loop space in Topological sense v.s. Categorical sense

I know that the loop space of given pointed topological space $(X,\ast)$ is the set of pointed maps $\mathrm{Map}_\ast(S^1,X)$. I would denote it by $\Omega X$.
On the other hand, I saw an article in ...

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### Is the homology of $\Omega^2\Sigma^2X$ free as a Gerstenhaber algebra?

Let $X$ be a connected space. According to Getzler BV-algebras and two-dimensional topologcial field theories , page 271, we have and isomorphism
$
H_*(\Omega^2\Sigma^2X) \cong {\cal G}( \widetilde{H}...

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### Integer homology of double loop space of odd-dimensional sphere

I have checked everything "homology of loop spaces"-like, but was not able to find what is $H_*(\Omega^2S^3, \mathbb{Z})$. Therefore I ask you how to compute that?

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### The recognition principle and CGWH spaces

The recognition principle [Boardmann–Vogt, May] states that a grouplike algebra over the little $n$-disks/cube operad is weakly equivalent to an $n$-fold loop space. There are technical hypotheses ...

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### Loop space functor and sequential colimits of inclusions

The question is about a fact that is mentioned as "evident" everywhere in the literature, so my guess is that some small detail is passing over my head. Here it is:
Let $X_0\hookrightarrow X_1 \...

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### Notation: Why Ω for the based loop functor?

This is just a question about notation - probably useless, but it's always baffled me:
Why was $\Omega$ chosen to denote the based loop functor?
I once heard someone speculate: "It's because $\Omega$...

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### Stable homotopy groups of $QX$

If $X$ is a space, we can form $QX=\varinjlim \Omega^n\Sigma^nX$ which is an infinite loop space with homotopy groups $\pi_i(QX)=\pi^{s}_i(X)$ the stable homotopy groups of $X.$ But these are the ...

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### The homotopy pullback of a point along itself is the loop space

I have seen on the nLab that we can view the loop space as a particular homotopy pullback, and that it is even the way a "loop space object" is defined in general (when it exists).
Can someone give ...

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### Adjoint map of $\Gamma$-space prespectrum

I am looking for a reader-friendly proof of the following theorem:
let $A$ be a special $\Gamma$-space then $\pi_0(A(S^0))$ is a commutative monoid (I have proved up to this), if further it is an ...

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### What is known about maps between loop spaces of Spheres? - Reference request

What is know in general about the maps $\Omega^rS^n\rightarrow\Omega^sS^m$ between loop spaces of Spheres, or, perhaps to phrase it better, the groups $[\Omega^rS^n,\Omega^sS^m]$ for various values ...

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### Geometric Satake and Restriction

The Geometric Satake correspondence (due to Lusztig, Ginzburg, Mirkovic-Vilonen) relates perverse sheaves on the Loop Group $\hat{G}$ (with their convolution product) to the Representations of the ...

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### Eilenberg-Moore spectral sequence for path-loop fibration over Q\Sigma X (reference request)

Related to the question here, here is another question. Consider the kernel of the map $H_*(QY;Z/p)\rightarrow H_{*+1}(Q\Sigma Y;Z/p)$. restricted to
$PH_*(QY)$, and let's say $Y$ itself is a ...

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### The behaviour of the suspension homomorphism on $H_*(QX;Z/p)$ for odd $p$ (Reference request)

The mod $p$ homology of $QX=\Omega ^{\infty}\Sigma ^{\infty}X$ for connected $X$ was computed by Dyer-Lashof Homology of Iterated Loop Spaces, Amer. J. of Math., vol.84, No.1 pp 35-88. 1962 It follows ...

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### Is the bar construction of a CDGA model a Hopf algebra model for the loop space?

By a theorem of Adams, if $A = C^*(X;\mathbb{Q})$ is the CDGA of rational cochains on $X$ then the cohomology of the bar complex of $A$ is isomorphic to $H^*(\Omega X; \mathbb{Q})$ as a coalgebra (see ...

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### Differentiability of a map to the free loop space

While reading Morse theory, closed geodesics, and the homology
of free loop spaces, the author claims the following:
Given the $S^{n-1} \hookrightarrow Y_1 \rightarrow T^1S^n$ bundle over $T^1S^n$, ...

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### Does Kähler structure on X imply Kähler structure on the loop space of X?

Does Kähler structure on $X$ imply Kähler structure on the loop space ($LX$) of $X$? Since the loop space of $X$ is the space of maps from the circle $S^1$ to $X$, I suspect one may use the pullback ...

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### classifying space of orthogonal groups

Let $O(n)$ be the $n$-th orthogonal group and $O$ be the direct limit of $O(n)$ with respect to $n$. Let $BO(n)$ and $BO$ be the classifying spaces.
Question:
Why $BO$ is an $H$-space? My supervisor ...

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### the “Kahn-Priddy map” and “multiplicative $p$-local equivalence”

The following is a part of a paper that I need to understand
I totally do not know the argument. Could you explain? Thanks.
Let $\Sigma_n$ be the $n$-th symmetric group and $\Sigma_\infty$ be the ...

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### Double loop groups and cohomology

Let $G$ be a connected reductive group over $\mathbb{C}$ of Lie algebra $\mathfrak{g}$.
What is the value of $H^{3}(\mathfrak{g}((t))((s)),\mathbb{C})$?

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### Can the standard map $\Sigma \Omega X \to X$ be a homotopy equivalence?

The question is in the title : are there spaces X such that the adjoint of the identity on the loop space $\Omega X$, i.e. $\Sigma\Omega X \to X$, is a homotopy equivalence ?

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### Seifert--van Kampen for the loop space dga

I recently noticed that I could mostly prove a special case of the following statement. I think it's true in general, though perhaps only for nice spaces.
Let $X$ be a topological space, and ...

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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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### cohomology ring of infinite iterated loop space

What is the cohomology ring
$$
H^*(\Omega^\infty \Sigma^\infty (S^m\vee S^n);\mathbb{Z}_2)?
$$
I already write out the graded-vector-space basis using Dyer-Lashof operations, but I do not know how to ...

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### cohomology of iterated loop space on spheres

In the book The homology of iterated loop spaces, the homology Hopf algebra
(1)
$$
H_*(\Omega^n \Sigma^n X;\mathbb{Z}_p)
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for primes $p\geq 2$ is obtained on p. 226, Thm. 3.2. In particular, the ...

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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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### cohomology ring of mapping spaces

In the lecture notes The homology of $\mathcal{C}_{n+1}$–spaces, n ≥ 0. F. Cohen, 1978, page 228-231, the cohomology ring
$$
H^*(\text{Map}_*(S^n, S^n\wedge X);\mathbb{Z}_p)
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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 \...