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lifting a product of commutators of standard generators on 2-manifolds

I have a problem with understand the proof http://www.ams.org/journals/proc/1972-032-01/S0002-9939-1972-0295352-2/S0002-9939-1972-0295352-2.pdf I don't understand this part: "(...) we can easily ...
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Finite index embedding of $F_{4}$ in $F_{2}$

In this question $F_{n}$ is the free group with $n$ generators. Is there a subgroup of $F_{2}$, isomorphic to $F_{4}$, which index is finite but not in the form of $3k$(not multiple of $3$)? The ...
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Let $p$ be a covering space and $X, Y$ be path connected. Show there exists a map $q$ such that $q\circ p=1_{X}$ iff $p$ is a homeomorphism.

Let $p\colon X\rightarrow Y$ be a covering map where $X$ and $Y$ are path connected. Show that there exists a map $q\colon Y\rightarrow X$, such that $q\circ p=1_{X}$ if and only if $p$ is a ...
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does the pullback of a covering space correspond to the pullback of the corresponding representations of $\pi_1$?

Say you have a covering space $C \rightarrow X$ corresponding to some homomorphism $\pi_1(X)\rightarrow S_n$. Suppose you have an arbitrary (continuous) map $f : Y\rightarrow X$. Then we may pull back ...
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Show that if B is simply-connected, then p is a homeomorphism.

Let $p: E \rightarrow B$ be a covering map with $E$ path-connected. Show that if $B$ is simply-connected, then $p$ is a homeomorphism. I'm checking to see if my solution is flawed. Since $p$ is a ...
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Let $p: E\to B$ be a covering map. If $B$ is compact and $p^{-1}(b)$ is finite, then $E$ is compact. [duplicate]

So I start off and assume that some $\{U_\alpha\}$ is a cover of $E$. I want to reduce this cover to a finite subcover of $E$. Since $p$ is a covering map it is also an open map, therefore ...
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Homology Whitehead theorem for non simply connected spaces

(One version of) the Whitehead theorem states that a homology equivalence between simply connected CW complexes is a homotopy equivalence. Does the following generalisation hold true? Suppose ...
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Verify $p _0 : [0,1] \mapsto S^1 , p_0(s)=(\cos(2 \pi s),\sin(2\pi s))$ is a covering map.

I want to verify that the restriction to the interval $[0,1]$ of the map $p : \mathbb{R} \mapsto S^1 $ given by $ p(s)=(\cos(2 \pi s),\sin(2\pi s))$ is a covering map. I tried as follows. Take $s ...
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Is Orbit Criterion an abstract nonsense? Different induced fundamental groups.

(Orbit Criterion) Let $p:\tilde X \to X$ be a covering map. If $\tilde q, \tilde q' \in \tilde X$ are two points in the same fiber $p^{-1}(q)$, there exists a covering transformation taking $\tilde ...
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what is the covering space of figure eight which is corresponding to commutator subgroup.

Let $ F$ be the free group on two generators and let $F^{'}$ be its commutator subgroup. Find a set of free generators for $F^{'}$ by considering the covering space of the graph $S^{1} \vee S^{1}$ ...
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Why does the intersection change to a union in $r^{-1}(\bigcap r(V_i\cap W_i))=\bigcup V_i\cap W_i$?

Let $q: X\to Y$ and $r:Y\to Z$ be covering maps, $p=r\circ q$. If $r^{-1}(z)$ is finite for each $z$ in $Z$, $p$ is a covering map. There is a proof on ask a topologist, but I can't follow why ...
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Endowing a metric on the torus from the euclidian metric of its covering space, the plane

In Thurston's and Levy's "Three dimensional Geometry and Topology, page 6, they define the induced metric on the torus from the euclidian metric of its covering space, the plane. Specifically, for ...
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Square of normal covering splits

Concerning Galois theory, let $A/B$ be a separable extension. Then $$A/B - \text{normal} \Leftrightarrow A \otimes_B A=A \oplus \cdots \oplus A,$$ where the sum has $n$ summands. Is the same correct ...
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Are two equivalent coverings of a Riemann surface also biholomorphic?

Consider a compact Riemann surface $X$. If $p_1:Y\longrightarrow X $ and $p_2:Z\longrightarrow X$ are two topological coverings of $X$, then it is univocally defined a structure of Riemann surface on ...
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using covering space technique,prove that $[G:H \cap K] \leq [G:H][G:K]$.

using covering space technique,prove that if $G$ is a group with subgroups $H$ and $K$ then $$[G:H \cap K] \leq [G:H][G:K]$$ I couldn't understand the relation between them and the covering space,so ...
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Covering of a Topological Group(Use of fundamental theorem of covering spaces)

Suppose we have two path-connected spaces $G$ and $H$. Suppose also that $G$ is a topological group with an identity element $e$ and there is a covering $$ p: H \rightarrow G $$ The problem asks that ...
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what is the Cayley complex of dihedral group $D_{4}$?

what is the Cayley complex of dihedral group $D_{4}$? I am aware of Cayley graph of $D_{4}$,can you explain to me how I should I attach 2-cell complexes to the loops to make it covering space? I ...
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if $p:\widetilde{X}\rightarrow X$ is a covering space and $\widetilde{X}$ is path connected ,show that $p^{-1}(A)$ is path connected.

if $p:\widetilde{X}\rightarrow X$ is a covering space and $\widetilde{X}$ is path connected ,also $A\subset X$ is a path connected subset,show that $p^{-1}(A)$ is path connected. I suppose that ...
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Covering space covers simply connected set correctly

I found this proposition in a paper stated as a well known result from topology, but I can neither find this result in my textbooks nor proof it by myself: Let $p:E \rightarrow B$ be a covering ...
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Covering spaces of Lie groups

In a paper of Tom Bridgeland's, he describes an action by the universal over $G:=\tilde{GL^+}(2,\mathbb{R})$ using a description of $G$ I find unintuitive. Namely, he indexes write the fiber over ...
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Is it possible to “lower” a $\pi_1$-invariant differential function defined over the universal covering manifold to the base one?

Consider a differentiable manifold $M$ and its smooth universal covering $\pi:\tilde{M}\rightarrow M$. There is a canonical action of the fundamental group $\pi_1(M)$ on the covering manifold ...
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find a necessery and enough condition just using $\pi_{1}$.

suppose $p:\widetilde{X} \rightarrow X$ will be a covering space and $X$ is path connected and locally path connected, also $\widetilde{X}$ is connected, then find a necessary and enough condition ...
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“the standard two-fold branched cover of $CP^2$”

What could the following sentence mean: $\iota : S^2\times S^2 \rightarrow \mathbb{C}P^2$ is the standard two-fold branched cover, branched along the diagonal. What I can think of is to ...
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Metric completion of universal covering of punctured plane

It is known that the universal covering of the punctured plane $\mathbb C\setminus\{0\}$ is $\exp:\mathbb C\to\mathbb C\setminus\{0\}$. In real coordinates, $f=\exp:\tilde M=\mathbb R^2\to M=\mathbb ...
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Correct definition of a regular covering without global connectedness hypotheses

Let $p:Y\to X$ be a covering map of topological spaces where $X$ is assumed to be locally path connected (and hence the same is true of $Y$) but neither $X$ nor $Y$ is assumed to be connected. In this ...
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Is the hyperbolic plane the only simply connected hyperbolic 2-manifold?

Let $S$ be a simply connected Riemannian 2-manifold with everywhere negative curvature. Is $S$ necessarily diffeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^2$?
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Morphism between covering spaces.

Let $p:Y\to X$ and $q:Z\to X$ be covering maps (of course $X,Y,Z$ are all Hausdorff, arcwise connected and locally arcwise connected) and $g:Y\to Z$ a morphism such that $q\circ g=p$. Then, $g$ is a ...
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Each open covering of F has a finite subcovering, how can F not complete be a problem?

I understand that if for each open covering, $\mathcal{O}$, of a set $F$, which is subset of a metric space $(X,d)$, there is a finite subcovering $\implies F$ is compact $\implies F$ is complete ...
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Universal Cover of a Surface (with Boundary)

I'm trying to see if there is a "nice-enough" way of describing/constructing the universal cover for a compact surface with n boundary components. Clearly, if $n=0$ , the classification theorem for ...
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Covering spaces and homotopical equivalence

I have this simple question: if $X$ and $Y$ are two topological spaces homotopically equivalents, have they the "same" covering spaces? (and if yes, in which sense?) This question derive from an ...
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Covering space(s) of $\mathbb{R}\text{P}^2$ minus one point

I know that the covering space of $\mathbb{R}P^2$ is $S^2$, and it is unique unless than isomorphism of covering spaces. Now, $S^2$ minus one point is homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^2$ (by stereographic ...
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Fundamental solution to Laplace equation on arbitrary Riemann surfaces

So, I've seen in a few places this method of calculating the heat kernel on a manifold given the kernel of its universal cover, through a so-called 'tiling method' as in section five of this paper ...
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Is a covering space of a completely regular space also completely regular

I'm trying to solve a problem in Munkres' Topology book. Let $p: E \rightarrow B$ be a covering map and suppose that $B$ is completely regular (for any closed subset $A$ and disjoint point $a$ there ...
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existence of double covering [duplicate]

Let $M$ be a manifold , and $\pi_1(M)=\mathbb{Z}$. then can we say, the double covering of $M$ exists and is unique?
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Submersions and complex structure

Let $f : \Lambda \rightarrow X$ be a continuous surjective map, where $\Lambda$ is a complex manifold and $X$ a topological space. Suppose that for all $x \in X$, there is a neighborhood $U_x$ of $X$ ...
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Constructing explicit lift of a circle homeomorphism

Studying a book by Luis Barreira in the Universitext Collection -- Dynamical Systems: an Introduction -- I'm told that given $f: S^{1} \to S^{1}$ homeomorphism, it's always possible to construct a ...
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Finite coverings are closed.

I'm working on solving as many of the exercises in Lenstra's Galois Theory for Schemes as possible, but there is one problem I'm partially stuck on. The statement of the problem is: ...
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Cover polygon with rectangles

I need to cover some polygon with rectangles here's an example : The black figure in a black square is the polygon that i need to cover with those green rectangles but i need to do it more ...
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Covering Spaces and Fundamental Groups

Can somebody tell me if what I did is right? I need to Draw the based cover $\hat{B}\rightarrow B$ such that $\pi_{1}(\hat{B},v)$ corresponds to the subgroup $\langle a^{3}, a^{2}b\rangle$ ...
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Orientable Surface Covers Non-Orientable Surface

I need to describe how a 4-genus orientable surface double covers a genus 5-non-orientable surface. I know that in general every non-orientable compact surface of genus $n\geq 1$ has a two sheeted ...
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Degree and picture of a Covering map

I need to know if I am right: I need to know the degree of this covering map $R \rightarrow S$: $T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\ \rightarrow T^{2}\#T^{2}$ I have that genus of $R$, $g_{R} ...
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Genus of a surface

Let $S$ be a genus 3 closed orientable surface. Let $R\rightarrow S$ be a degree 2 covering map. What is the genus of $S$ ? Do I have to use the Euler characteristic of a surface presentation which is ...
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Covering map of a Torus

How would I draw (describe) a covering map given by $T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\ \rightarrow T^{2}\#T^{2}$ $T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\#T^{2}\rightarrow T^{2}\#T^{2}$ and what would be the ...
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Find The Automorphism Group

I am taking my first course in Geometry and Topology and we are seeing the automorphism group of a covering. In class, my teacher gave some graphs and their automorphism groups, but he did not explain ...
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Automorphism groups of Graphs

What are the automorphism groups of the following regular covering spaces? I think the first picture is an 8-degree cover of the figure 8, whereas the second one is an infinite degree cover. I ...
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Covering spaces and Automorphisms

I need to find for the groups $G$ a connected degree-4 cover $\hat{B}\rightarrow B$ such that Aut($\hat{B}\rightarrow B$) is isomorphic to $G$ $G \cong 1$ $G \cong \mathbb{Z}_{2}$ $G \cong ...
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Connected Covering Space of a Bouquet of 3 Circles

Let $\hat{X}\rightarrow X$ be a degree 10 connected covering space where $X$ is a bouquet of 3 circles. What is $\pi_{1}(\hat{X})$ (It is a free group of what rank?). Any hints?
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Universal covering Spaces Drawings

I just have trouble drawing universal covers, how can I draw the universal covers of the following spaces: $X$ is the union of a circle with a projective plane $\mathbb{P}^2$ identified along a ...
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Homotopy groups of a covering space

This is a question related to the exercise 2218 from the book "Problems and Solutions in Mathematics" by Ta-Tsien, $2^{nd}$ Ed. Let $Z$ denote the figure 8 space, $Z = X \vee Y$, $X$ and $Y$ circles. ...
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For any element $e$ of an open set $V$ of a covering space, does there exist a sheet $S$ such that $e\in S\subseteq V$

Let $p:E\rightarrow X$ be a covering map. Let $V$ be any open subset of $E$ and $e$ be any element of $V$. I feel that the following statement must be true: There exists an evenly covered open subset ...