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The generator of compact cohomology of punctured plane

Can anyone give detailed derivation of the generator of compact cohomology of $H^1_c (R^2-\{0\}$). (It is homotopic to a circle so it is isomorphic to $R$ but I want computation of its generator, ...
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Poincare dual of a point

Why is the closed Poincare dual of a point in $R^n$ trivial but the compact dual is a "bump"? Please provide very detailed answer.
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cohomology of unordered configuration spaces of sphere

Let $F(X,n)$ be the configuration space of order $n$. Let $F(X,n)/\Sigma_n$ be the unordered configuration space of order $n$. What is $H^*(F(S^2,n)/\Sigma_n;\mathbb{Z}_2)$? I did not find the answer ...
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Let ${\Phi \in H^n(E, E - B; \mathbb{Z}/2)},$ restrict to $E$, and pullback to $B$, where $B \subset E$.

I am reading about characteristic classes, and I came upon this statement. Let ${\Phi \in H^n(E, E - B; \mathbb{Z}/2)},$ restrict to $E$, and pullback to $B$, where $B \subset E$. Can someone ...
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Exact sequences, mostly linear algebra and notation confusion.

Problem: Let $0 \to A^0\stackrel{d^0}{\to} A^1 \stackrel{d^1}{\to} \dots \stackrel{d^{n-1}}{\to} A^n \to 0 $ be a chain complex and assume each $A^i$ is finite-dimensional. Prove that the sequence ...
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Twisted cohomology as sections of bundle of Eilenberg-Maclane spaces

Let $X$ a space, and $E$ an multiplicative cohomology theory represented by a ring spectrum $K$, i.e. $E^\bullet(X)=[X,K]$. Also let $A$ be a local system of abelian groups. Cohomology with local ...
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Bounding the cohomology of a smooth projective variety

Let $X/\mathbb C$ be a smooth projective variety. Suppose it is smoothly embedded in $\mathbf P^n$ as the zero locus of an ideal generated by homogeneous polynomials $f_1, f_2, \dots, f_r$ in $n+1$ ...
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example of use of (co)homology

I'm learning cohomology, but there is very few examples in the book I'm reading. I read the definition of Ext and Tor but don't know how to use these. Are there some examples of proposition such that ...
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To check d^2= 0 in the standard complex of Lie superalgebras.

For a Lie superalgebra $\mathfrak{g}$ and a $\mathfrak{g}$-module $V$ we can define the cohomology $H^i(\mathfrak{g}, V)$ with coeffiecient in $V$ to be the cohomology space of the following complex: ...
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Does the cup product on de Rham cohomology induce a nondegenerate bilinear form?

I have small issue I came across in the following. Suppose $M$ is a compact, oriented manifold of dimension $4n+2$. I want to prove that the de Rham cohomology group $H^{2n+1}(M)$ are even ...
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Abelian category without enough injectives

What is an example of an abelian category that does not have enough injectives? An example must exist, but I haven't been able to find one. If possible, a brief explanation of why the abelian ...
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cohomology ring of grassmannian

Let $G_k(\mathbb{R}^n)$ be the grassmannian consisting of all $k$-subspaces in $\mathbb{R}^n$. How to compute the cohomology ring $$H^*(G_k(\mathbb{R}^n);\mathbb{Z})$$ and what is the result?
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What maps of $k$-algebras $A\to B$ induce finite maps $\mathrm{Ext}_B^*(k,k)\to\mathrm{Ext}_A^*(k,k)$?

Let $k$ be an algebraically closed field, and let $A$ and $B$ be finitely generated $k$-algebras. A map $\varphi:A\to B$ of $k$-algebras induces a map ...
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Connecting homomorphism in the Gysin sequence

Let $j : SO(2n) \to SO(2n+1)$ be the standard subgroup embedding and let $Bj : BSO(2n) \to BSO(2n+1)$ be the induced fibration obtained by factoring the universal $SO(2n+1)$-bundle by the subgroup ...
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smash product of Eilenberg-Maclane spaces

Let $G$ be an abelian group and $K_n=K(G,n)$ be the Eilenberg-Maclane space. How to obtain $K_m\wedge K_n$ is $(m+n-1)$-connected? (Hatcher's book page 404)
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Showing Grothendieck's Vanishing Theorem provides a strict bound

The following result is due to Grothendieck: If $X$ is a noetherian topological space of dimension $n$, then for all $i>n$ and all sheaves of abelian groups $\mathscr{F}$ on $X$, we have ...
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Meyer-vietoris sequence to compute the compact cohomology for Möbius strip

How do you use Meyer-vietoris sequence to compute the compact cohomology for Möbius strip without the bounding edge? Please give detail math. In particular explain how inclusion map is used. On page ...
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Rearding notation of (Relatively)Projective/ (Relatively)Injective in Group cohomology

I am reading Group cohomology from Serre's Local Fields. I got confused with the notation he used... We know that : $A$ is Projective module if $Hom_R(A, \_)$ is exact $A$ is Injective module if ...
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Showing the image of $H^j(X;\mathbb C^\times)$ lies in the torsion subgroup of $H^{j+1}(X;\mathbb Z)$

Let $X$ be a (compact, if necessary) topological space. Then from the short exact sequence of constant sheaves $$ 0 \to \mathbb Z \to \mathbb C \to \mathbb C^\times \to 0 $$ we have a connecting ...
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2-forms on $S^2$

I've read that the group $H^2_{dR}(S^2)=\mathbb{R}$. If I'm not wrong, this implies that one can build closed 2-forms that are not exact. Can somebody show me an example, please? Thanks!
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Some questions about cellular homology and cohomology

Consider the CW structure on $\mathbb{RP}^n$ given by one cell in every dimension. This gives rise to the cellular complex $C_\bullet(\mathbb{RP}^n)$ which is generated by a single element $c_i$ for ...
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Hard Lefschetz Thereom and the Cohomology of Flag Varieties

Let $G$ be a compact connected connected Lie group $G$, and $B$ a Borel subgroup containing a maximal torus. Moreover, let $F = G/B$ be the associated flag manifold. Now $F$ is a compact Kahler ...
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Supplement for reading Group cohomology from Serre Local Fields

I am doing a reading course on Group cohomology... I am supposed to start reading Group cohomology part in Serre's Local fields Book ...
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Kernels of induced maps in cohomology

Let $k$ be a field, and let $A$ and $B$ be two commutative $k$-algebras. Suppose $\varphi,\psi:A\to B$ are maps of $k$-algebras such that there are algebra automorphisms $G:A\to A$ and $F:B\to B$ ...
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Another Algebraic de Rham Cohomology question…

NOTE: scroll down to read my latest edit first if you're reading this for the first time :) My aim is to calculate the de Rham cohomology of the variety $U = \text{Spec} \ A$, where: $$A = ...
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Non-existance of a neutral element for the cup product

I know that if $X$ is a space and $R$ a commutative unitary ring, the cup product $$\smile : H^k(X; R) \times H^l(X;R) \rightarrow H^{k+l}(X;R)$$ has as a neutral element the cohomology class in ...
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Equality in de Rham cohomology

Let $U_1,U_2,...,U_r$ be open sets in $\mathbb{R}^n$ such that $U_i\cap U_j =\emptyset$ for all $i \neq j$. Then prove, $H^k_{dR}(\bigcup_{i=1}^{r} U_i)=\bigoplus_{i=1}^{r} H^k_{dR} (U_i)$
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Quantum Cohomology of Affine Toric Varieties

I would like to know whether quantum cohomology rings of affine toric varieties have been calculated, if this is possible. Does anyone have a relevant paper they could refer me to? I have seen it ...
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Does the rank of homology and cohomology groups always coincide?

Let $(C_i)_{i \in \mathbb{Z}}$ be a chain complex of free abelian groups. Does the rank of the homology and cohomology groups of $(C_i)_{i \in \mathbb{Z}}$ always coincide, i.e. is ...
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Cup products and cross products

So, I am trying to compute some products on chains and their duals, but I have difficulties in understanding some operations. The cup product of cochains is quite easy to understand, especially when ...
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Simple example of $X$ with torsion in $H^1(X,\mathbb{Z})$?

Question: Is there a simple example of a space $X$ possessing torsion in its first integral cohomology group $H^1(X,\mathbb{Z})$? For reasonable spaces $X$, e.g. CW-complexes, one has ...
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Looking for Proof of the Order of a quandle cohomology group for an n-fold dihedral

Does anyone know where the proof that states that the order of a quandle cohomology group for an n-fold dihedral quandle is n is located? I have been told it can be found in one of ...
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Generalisation of cochain complexes and “curvature”

Someone has mentioned to me that generalizations of co-chain complexes and their cohomology have been studied, where instead of $d^2 = 0$ we have something like $d^2 \alpha = q \alpha $, which is ...
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Prove the Weyl's complete reducibility Theorem on finite-dimensional $\mathfrak{g}-modules$ by Kostant's $\mathfrak{n}$-cohomology result

I've met an exercise in Kumar's book ("Kac-Moody Groups, their Flag Varieties and Representation Theory", Chapter III, page 89, Ex. 3.2. E, (1) & (2)). But I have no idea about its proof. Any ...
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First cohomology group of direct products

Let $p$ be a prime number and H be a finite group with $|H|=p-1$ and consider $\varphi: H \times Z_{p^k} \rightarrow Aut(Z_{p^k})$ as a non-trivial action of $H \times Z_{p^k}$ on $Z_{p^k}$ such that ...
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An isomorphism between homology and cohomology with $\mathbb{Z}_2$ coefficients

In the proof of a theorem we did in a class (namely: if $M$ is an odd-dimensional, closed manifold, then $\chi(M)=0$), there's the following step: $$H_k(M;\mathbb{Z}_2)\cong H^k(M;\mathbb{Z}_2)$$ ...
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The cohomology ring of the nerve of a category associated to a vector space

Let $n\ge2$, and let $V$ be an $n$-dimensional vector space over a field $k$. Consider the category $\mathcal{C}$ whose objects are nonzero, proper subspaces of $V$, and whose morphisms are ...
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how is the jordan-holder theorem used in conjunction with short exact sequences to construct groups of certain order?

I am an undergraduate and have been asked to explain how simple groups can be used to construct groups of finite order. I started with reading about the extension problem in group theory and from ...
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Simplicial homology of the skeleton of a simplex

Let $n$ and $k$ two natural numbers. We consider the (abstract) simplicial complex $K$ on $n$ vertices $v_1,\dots,v_n$ and such that a subset of $\{v_1,\dots,v_n\}$ is a face of $K$ if and only if it ...
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Does de Rham theorem hold for manifolds with boundary?

I am following the J.Lee's book "Introduction to Smooth Manifolds", 2nd ed., page 480-486 to learn the de Rham theorem. It is proven on manifolds without boundary, which makes me curious about whether ...
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Geometric Interepretation of $\mathbb{G}_a$-torsors

Let's fixed a locally ringed space $(X,\mathcal{O}_X)$ (although, this should apply to any ringed topos, but I haven't thought that through). In fact, if it's helpful, you can assume that $X$ is a ...
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Cohomology Calculation

A couple of days ago I asked this Question on calculating hypercohomology I tried a similar example for $(\mathbb{C}^*)^2$, and I have a couple of questions. Here is my calculation: We have a ...
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Tensor product with an L on top

Looking at the definition of the Kunneth morphism in SGA4, XVII, 5.4.1.4, there is the notation $$Rf_*K \overset{\mathbb{L}}{\boxtimes}_{\mathcal{A}_0} Rg_* L \rightarrow Rh_*(K ...
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Cohomology Ring of Klein Bottle over $\mathbb{Z}_2$

I am trying to show that the cohomology ring of the Klein bottle with $\mathbb{Z}_2$ coefficients is $H^*(K,\mathbb{Z}_2) \cong \mathbb{Z}_2[x,y]/(x^3,y^2, x^2y)$. What I know: ...
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Compute the induced map on $\mathbb{CP}^n$

Let $d>0$ and $f:\mathbb{C}^{n+1}\rightarrow \mathbb{C}^{n+1}$ be given by $f(z_0,...,z_n)=(z_0^d,...,z_n^d)$. Let $F:\mathbb{CP}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{CP}^n$ be the induced map by $f$. Compute ...
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Relative cohomology of a vector space module non-zero vectors

I am trying to explicitly compute the relative cohomology groups $H^m(\mathbb R^n,\mathbb R^n_0;\mathbb Z)$, where $\mathbb R^n_0$ is all the non-zero vectors in $\mathbb R^n$. I think that the answer ...
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Is $H^0(S^0;G)\simeq G\oplus G$ or $G$?

In the article on topospaces for the (co)homology of spheres, it says $H^0(S^n,G)\simeq H^n(S^n,G)\simeq G$. Is this true when $n=0$? I think not, for if we view $S^0$ as the union of two ...
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Degree of an induced map on $\mathbb{CP}^n$

Let $r :\mathbb{C}^{n+1} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}^{n+1} $ be the map $r(z_0, z_1,\ldots, z_n)=(-z_0, z_1,\ldots, z_n)$. $r$ induces a map $\bar r : \mathbb{CP}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{CP}^n $. What is the ...
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Why is $H^2(\mathbb{R}P^2,\mathbb{Z})\simeq\mathbb{Z}_2$?

Why is the second cohomology group of $X=\mathbb{R}P^2$ with $\mathbb{Z}$-coefficients $\mathbb{Z}_2$? We can put the usual $\Delta$-structure on $X$ with two vertices, three $1$-simplices, say $a$, ...
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history and/or motivation for cohomology in class field theory

I am currently learning (local) class field theory via group cohomology with Milne's notes. I have a number of questions about using group cohomology to prove the main statements of class field ...