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If $p:E \to B$ is a covering map, and if $E$ is compact, prove that $p^{-1}(b) $ is finite for all $b \in B$.

If $p:E \to B$ is a covering map, and if $E$ is compact, prove that $p^{-1}(b) $ is finite for all $b \in B$. I need to verify correctness of my proof and ask if there is a more straight-forward ...
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Covering Space of $\mathbb{C}-\{a,b\}$ via Multivalued Function

Consider the multivalued complex function $f(z)= \sqrt{z-a}+\sqrt{z-b}$, where $a\neq b$, defined in the domain $U=\mathbb{C}-\{a,b\}$. The graph $W$ of $f$ defines a regular covering space $W ...
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Size of minimal covering, overlapping and disjoint

There are two ways to cover a geometric shape with primitive units: you can allow the units to overlap, or require that they be disjoint. Of course the number of units in the case of disjoint covering ...
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What are the deck transformations of this threefold cover of the figure 8?

Hatcher lists some examples of covers of a figure 8 (page 58). One of them corresponds with the group with two generators $a$ and $b$ and the relations $a^2, b^2, aba^-1, bab^-1$. I thought ...
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Atiyah & Macdonald's Introduction to Commutative Algebra, Exercise 8.5

The exercise asks the reader to prove that $X$ is a finite covering (i.e., the number of points of $X$ lying over a given point of $L$ is finite and bounded) of $L$, where the affine varieties $X$ and ...
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A proper local diffeomorphism between manifolds is a covering map.

The following is an exercise taken from "Manifolds and Differenial Geometry" by Jeffrey M. Lee. Let $\widetilde M$ and M be (connected) $C^r$ manifolds. Let $f: \widetilde M \to M$ be a proper map ...
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The number of holomorphic coverings (with given degree) of the punctured sphere is finite.

I'm looking for a proof of the following theorem: Fix a finite set $B=\{y_1,\ldots,y_k\}\subseteq \mathbb P^1(\mathbb C)$, then there is only a finite number of isomoprhism classes of ...
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Is continuous map from covering space to itself homeomorphism assumed both cover and base path-connected and $pf=p$?

In my topology assignment I came across the following problem: True or false? Let $E$ and $X$ be path-connected. For every covering map $p:E\rightarrow X$ and continuous map $f:E\rightarrow E$ ...
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Show That a Lift Always Exists

I've been considering this problem: Suppose that $X$ is a topological space and that $H_1(X)$ is a finite group of odd order. Show that if $p:\tilde{Y}\rightarrow Y$ is a covering space of index ...
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Are deck transformations homotopic to the identity?

Suppose that $p: X \to Y$ is the universal covering of some connected and locally path connected space $Y$, and that $\phi$ is a deck transformation. Is $\phi$ homotopic to the identity on $X$? If so, ...
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Generalisation of Vitali's covering lemma

In "The geometry of fractal sets", Falconer gives the following generalisation of the Vitali covering lemma as an exercise: Let $\mu$ be any measure on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$ and $E$ a set with ...
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Finite covering space with compact spce.

Prove that if $p: \ Y \rightarrow X$ is finite covering, then if $Y$ is compact so it is X. Can someone check my attempt? :) Let $\mathcal{U}$ be any open cover of $X$. For every $x \in X$ let us ...
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Monodromy representation of Airy equation

Let $K=\Bbb{C}(z)$ with the usual derivation and consider the Airy dierential equation $y^{(2)}-zy$=0. How to determine the monodromy representration? Airy equation is not Fuchsian diferential ...
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covering map $S^n \rightarrow P^n$ is not null homotopic

Here is the problem: Prove that the covering projection $S^n \rightarrow P^n$ is not null-homotopic. This problem is from Algebraic Topology by Harper and Greenberg. There is a suggestion: The lifting ...
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Lifting property of a covering space

A common example of a covering space is $p:\mathbb R \rightarrow S^1 $, $p(t)= e^{2 \pi it}$, which can be looked at as an infinitely long spiral placed over a circle. Consider the double loop ...
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lifting injective maps to injective maps in principal bundles

Let $i \, :Y \hookrightarrow X$ be an inclusion of (nice) topological spaces, and suppose that the induced map $\pi_1(Y) \to \pi_1(X)$ is injective. Then every lifting of $i$: $$ \tilde Y \to \tilde ...
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Branched covering of a manifold [duplicate]

What would be the definition of a branched covering of a manifold? I am not familiar with branched coverings at all.
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References for a standard result about coverings of Riemann surfaces

I my thesis I have to cite the following standard result: Let $Y$ be a compact Riemann surface and let $B\subseteq Y$ be a finite subset. Given a natural number $d$, there are only finitely many ...
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Help proving a space is closed in order to show a space is properly discontinuous

This stems from exercise 6, section 81 in Munkres. Let $X$ be a locally compact Hausdorff space; let $G$ be a group of homeomorphisms of $X$ such that the action of $G$ is fixed-point free. Suppose ...
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Composition of covering maps is a covering map if the inverse image is finite. [duplicate]

Let $q: X \to Y$ and $r: Y \to Z$ be covering maps. Let $p=r \circ q$. Show that if $r^{-1}(z)$ is finite $\forall z$, then $p$ is a covering map. $\textbf{My Attempt:}$ Let $U$ be an arbitrary open ...
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Why is this induced homomorphism not surjective?

Let $p: Y \to X$ be a covering with fix base point. I have already shown that the induced homomorphism $p_{*}=\pi_1(Y,y_0) \to \pi_1(X,x_0)$ is injective. However, since we are not calling it an ...
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lifting a closed curve

Is it always true (because of covering spaces has homotopy lifting property)? loop $f$ lifts to a closed curve if and only if any curve freely homotopic to $f$ lifts to a closed curve. or we have to ...
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Showing that every map $f : S^2 \rightarrow S^1$ is homotopic to the trivial map

Problem: Prove that every map $f : S^2 \rightarrow S^1$ is homotopic to the trivial map. Hint: Use the covering space $E: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow S^1$. If you can show that every map $f: ...
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Why is $p$ regular?

This is with regards to this lemma. Lemma: Let $p: \tilde{X} \rightarrow X$ be a covering map. Assume $\tilde{X}$ is connected and locally path-connected. Then $p$ is a regular covering $\iff$ for ...
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let $p: E\rightarrow B$ conitnuous and surjective. Show that if U is connected,then the partition of $p^{-1}(U)$ into slices is unique.

let $p: E\rightarrow B$ coninuous and surjective and suppose that $U$ is an open set of $B$ that is evenly covered by p and U. Show that if U is connected,then the partition of $p^{-1}(U)$ into slices ...
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Are there infinitely many non-negative integers not covered by one of these 7 polynomials?

Consider the following polynomials: $$ \begin{align} f_1(n, m) &= 30nm + 23n + 7m + 5 \\ f_2(n, m) &= 30nm + 17n + 13m + 7 \\ f_3(n, m) &= 30nm + 23n + 11m + 8 \\ f_4(n, m) &= ...
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How can i find this universal cover? [closed]

I have $X = \{(x,y,z) | x^2 + y^2 = 1, z = 0\}$ and $Y = \{(x,y,z)| (x-1)^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 1\}$. What is the universal cover of $X \cup Y$?
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Does the pullback of a covering space correspond to the pullback of the corresponding representation of $\pi_1$?

In other words, suppose you have a degree $n$ covering space $C\rightarrow X$ corresponding to some (equivalence class of) representation $\pi_1(X)\rightarrow S_n$. Suppose you have any continuous map ...
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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 ...