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Generalizing the formula between Wu class and the Steenrod square

I know that on the tangent bundle of $M^d$, the corresponding Wu class and the Steenrod square satisfy $$ Sq^{d-j}(x_j)=u_{d-j} x_j, \text{ for any } x_j \in H^j(M^d;\mathbb Z_2) . \tag{eq.1}$$ ...
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Power operations from a Tate construction

In an action-packed three pages of Lurie's DAG-XIII: Rational and p-adic Homotopy Theory, section 2.2: Power Operations on $\mathbb{E}_{\infty}$-algebras, one finds a construction of the power ...
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Why is $\pi_{-*}F(H\mathbb{F}_p, H\mathbb{F}_p)$ the mod $p$ Steenrod algebra?

Why is $\pi_{-*}F(H\mathbb{F}_p, H\mathbb{F}_p)$ the mod $p$ Steenrod algebra? (This is quite a common statement, seen, for instance, in EKMM.) To be more precise, stable mod $p$ cohomology ...
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Pontryagin square, Postnikov square and their consistency formulas

$\mathcal{P}_2$ is Pontryagin square $$H^{2i}(M,\mathbb Z_{2^k})\to H^{4i}(M,\mathbb{Z}_{2^{k+1}}).$$ $\mathfrak{P}$ is the Postnikov square $$H^2(M,\mathbb Z_3)\to H^5(M,\mathbb Z_9).$$ ...
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Bockstein homomorphism and Square Operations: Their consistency formulas

Here are various ways to define "Bockstein homomorphism:" Let $\beta_p:H^*(-,\mathbb{Z}_p) \to H^{*+1}(-,\mathbb{Z}_p)$ be the Bockstein homomorphism associated to the extension $$\mathbb{Z}_p\to\...
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Odd primary dual Steenrod algebra

My question is related to this, this, and this older questions. Let $\mathcal A_*$ be the dual Steenrod algebra. This is a super-commutative Hopf algebra, and so its $Spec$ is an algebraic super-group....
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What are examples of spectra whose mod 2 cohomology contain A//A(n)?

Let $//$ denote the Hopf algebra quotient. We know that: $$HF_{2}^*(ko) \simeq A//A(1)$$ $$HF_2^*(tmf) \simeq A//A(2)$$ By Hopf invariant one, we know there is no $X$ such that $HF_2^*(X) \simeq A//...
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Steenrod squares as power operations vs. as cohomomology operations

There are already several excellent questions and answers on MO regarding Steenrod squares, understanding them in various ways and relating them to power operations and I think I get this. Still, I am ...
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Adams spectral sequence and short exact sequences. Some clarifications

as the title suggests I'm looking for some clarifications in the computations of the ext charts of some $A(1)$-modules arising as extensions of other modules. In particular, I've the following example ...
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Steenrod powers of Pontryagin classes

It is well known that the Stiefel–Whitney classes $w_i$ of a smooth manifold are generated, over the Steenrod algebra, by those of the form $w_{2^{i}}$. I wonder if it the same statement is known/true ...
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Adem relations of Steenrod square without modding out the coboundaries

In the paper Products of Cocycles and Extensions of Mappings, Steenrod introduced the cup-$i$ product and Steenrod square $Sq^k$: $$ Sq^k(x_n) \equiv x_n \smile_{n-k} x_n,\ \ \ x_n \in C^n(M^d;\...
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Associativity of Steenrod's cup-i product

In the paper Products of Cocycles and Extensions of Mappings, Steenrod introduced the cup-i product (and Steenrod square). I would like to ask if Steenrod's cup-i product associative or not? The paper ...
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Cartan Formula for Steenrod square on cocycles

Let $x_n,y_n,\cdots$ be cocycles in $Z^n(X,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ (not cohomology classes in $H^n(X,\mathbb{Z}_2)$). Let $Sq^k(x)\equiv x_n \cup_{n-k} x_n$ be the Steenrod square (This definition is valid for ...
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A cochain-level Adem relation?

The original paper on Steenrod squares, Steenrod's "Products of cocycles and extensions of mappings", 1947, uses an explicit combinatorial formula for the squares in terms of simplicial cochains: ...
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The Steenrod Algebra of the Dihedral Group $D_{2n}$, $n=0 \pmod{4}$

As the tile suggests, I'm interested in computing the action of the Steenrod Algebra on $H^*(D_{2n};\mathbb{Z}_2)$, for $n=0 \pmod{4}$. Let us start with some definitions/facts: $$D_{2n} = \langle x,y ...
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An integral cohomology operation related to Steenrod square?

Let $\beta: H^n(X, \mathbb{Z}_2)\to H^{n+1}(X, \mathbb{Z})$ be the Bockstein homomorphism. Is it possible to define a cohomology operation $f: H^{n+1}(X, \mathbb{Z})\to H^{n+k+1}(X, \mathbb{Z})$ such ...
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Massey products in the Steenrod algebra

When building $kU/2$ via its Postnikov tower, there are some interesting Massey products that show up in the Steenrod algebra, and I'd like to understand them. I bet these appear somewhere in the ...
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Steenrod operations in etale cohomology?

For $X$ a topological space, from the short exact sequence $$ 0 \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}/2 \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}/4 \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}/2 \rightarrow 0 $$ we get a Bockstein homomorphism $$H^i(X,...
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kernel of the mod $2$ Bockstein on the first cohomology group

Let $M$ be a path-connected finite $CW$-complex. Suppose the first integral homology group is $H_1(M;\mathbb{Z})= \mathbb{Z}_2^{\oplus r}\oplus A$ where $r\geq 1$ and $A$ is a finite abelian group of ...
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When does an $E_\infty$ algebra come from a commutative differential graded algebra?

Suppose that $K$ is an $E_\infty$-algebra on a space $X$ (more generally, any ringed topos; also, feel free to assume that $X$ is a point). That is, $K$ is a cochain complex of sheaves on $X$, endowed ...
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algebraic structure of Integral Steenrod squares

It is well known that the classical Steenrod squares $Sq^a$ satisfy the Adem relations $$Sq^aSq^b= \sum_c \binom{b-c-1}{a-2c}Sq^{a+b-c}Sq^c\;.$$ In the case where $a$ is odd, one can define an ...
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Geometric interpretation of the conjugation operation in the dual Steenrod algebra

As the dual mod 2 Steenrod algebra, $A$, is a Hopf algebra, it has the conjugation operation, $\chi:A\to A$. Milnor also gives a formula for this. I wonder if there is any source telling about a ...
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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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cup product and Steenrod operations in Serre spectral sequence

Let $F\to E\to B$ be a fibration with $B$ simply-connected. Suppose all differentials in the cohomology Serre spectral sequence (corresponding to the above fibration) are zero maps. Then as a graded ...
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Steenrod operations on cohomology of grassmannians

Let $G_k(\mathbb{R}^n)$, $n\geq k$ and $G_k(\mathbb{R}^\infty)$ be the finite-dimensional and infinite-dimensional grassmannians respectively. Their cohomology rings are expressed in terms of ...
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Twisting of the power functor

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $p$ and $D^b(k)$ be the infinity (equivalently, DG) category of perfect complexes over $k$. Let $C_p(=\mathbb{Z}/p)$ be the cyclic group on $p$ elements. For a $...
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Steenrod operations in algebraic geometry

What are some applications of Steenrod operations (or similar constructions) in algebraic geometry? I am dimly aware of the the use of these Voevodsky's work on motivic cohomology, and would be ...
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Do people still use Massey Products for computations in the Adams Spectral Sequence

Hey everyone, It seems to me like in the literature of the Adams Spectral Sequence, older publications (Toda, May, Tengora+Mahowald) make heavy and explicit use of Massey Products for computations. ...
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Steenrod algebra at a prime power

Let $n=p^k$ be a prime power. When $k=1$, the algebra of stable operations in mod $p$ cohomology is the Steenrod algebra $\mathcal{A}_p$. It has a nice description in terms of generators and ...
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Why are cup-i products and Steenrod Squares often (always?) unary?

One way to define the Steenrod Operations is to use the cup-i product, as in Mosher and Tangora's book. It basically says, given the chain complex from mod-2 homology $C_\ast$, define $D_0 : C_\ast\...
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$Sq^1$ cohomology of spaces

For any space $X$, the first Steenrod square cohomology operation $$Sq^1\colon H^\ast(X;\mathbb{Z}_2)\to H^{\ast +1}(X;\mathbb{Z}_2)$$ is a derivation, meaning that $Sq^1\circ Sq^1 = 0$ and $Sq^1(a\...
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Why does one consider the dual of the Steenrod algebra?

Why does one consider the dual of the Steenrod algebra?
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Adem-Wu relations from Bullett-Macdonald identities

Question. Let $p$ be a prime. Let $q$ be a power of $p$. Let $P^0$, $P^1$, $P^2$, ... be elements of some associative $\mathbb F_q$-algebra $A$. (Here, $P^i$ does not mean $P$ to the $i$-th power; ...
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understanding Steenrod squares

There is a function on $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$-cohomology called Steenrod squaring: $Sq^i:H^k(X,\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}) \to H^{k+i}(X,\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z})$. (Coefficient group suppressed from ...