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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 ...
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On double covering of projective plane and map preserving antipodal points

Let $p:S^2\to P^2$ be the double covering of the real projective plane. Let $g:P^2 \to P^2$ be a map such that its induced homomorphism on fundamental group is not trivial. I'd like to show that ...
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what's wrong with this categorical proof that maps between two covering spaces are unique?

Let $\mathcal{C}$ be the category of finite covers of a fixed base space $S$ (say, connected, locally path connected, locally simply connected. Hell, we can even assume $S$ is a manifold). Morphisms ...
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Klein bottle covered by the torus

Maybe this is an idiot question and I'm missing something very trivial. This question question was asked here before, but the answer (which apparently is equal to the one that I created) seems ...
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For a compact covering space, the fibres of the covering map are finite.

I am stuck on the following exercise: Let $Y$ be a compact topological space, and $p:\ Y\ \longrightarrow\ X$ a covering map. Show that for every $x\in X$ the fibre $p^{-1}(x)$ is finite. Any ...
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What's the colimit of the n-sheet covering spaces over the circle?

I was thinking in computing the filtered colimit of the n-sheet covering spaces $f_n: \mathbb{S}^1 \longrightarrow \mathbb{S}^1$ ($f(z) = z^n$) in the comma category of topological spaces with the ...
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Reference request for an explicit description of the group of deck transformations acting on the universal cover of a Riemann Surface

Let $\Sigma_g$ be a geuns $g$ Riemann surface with $g \geq 2$. It can be thought of in the following way: it is the quotient space $$\mathbb{H}/\pi_1(\Sigma_g)$$ where an element of ...
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How to compute the fundamental group of a necklace of $\mathbb{S}^1$' s?

I was trying to compute $\pi_1 (X)$ where $X =$ "necklace of $n$ $\mathbb{S}^1$'s". At first, I tried using Van Kampen theorem however I could not find open sets $U$ and $V$ such that $U \cap V$ is ...
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finite covering space of non-orientable surfaces

Let $X_k$ the connected sum of k projective planes. I wonder about necessary and sufficient conditions to know wheter there exists a covering $\pi: X_{k'} \to X_k$ if k and k' are integers. A ...
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Monomorphisms and epimorphisms in the category of finite coverings of a topological space

I'm working my way through Lenstra's Galois Theory for Schemes, and I've run into a bit of a conundrum with Exercise 3.14(b). In this exercise, we consider the category $\textbf{FC}_X$ of finite ...
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Any homeomorphism is a covering map

Prove that any homeomorphism is a covering map. My thought: Let $p:X\to Y$ be a homeomorphism. Choose $y\in Y$. Then $Y$ is a open neighbourhood of $y$. Since $p$ is a homeomorphism, $p^{-1}(Y)=X$ ...
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Covering Space of the Pearl Necklace

Let $S^{2}_{1},\dots, S^{2}_{n}$ be disjoint copies of the unit sphere, and, for each $i\in\{1,\dots, n\}$, let $p_i,q_i\in S^{2}_{i}$ be distinct points. Define an equivalence relation $E\subseteq ...
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Function doesn't have a lift in a space related to Topologist's sine curve

I'm trying to solve exercise 1.3.7 in Hatcher's Algebraic Topology: Let $Y$ be the quasi-circle that is the union of a portion of the graph $y = \sin(1/x)$, the line segment $[-1,1]$ in the ...
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Connected Components of Covering Space

Let $\pi : \tilde M\to M$ be a covering map, $K_1, K_2\subset\tilde M$ are two different connected components and there exists such points $x\in K_1, y\in K_2$ that $\pi(x)=\pi(y)$. In other words, ...
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Lifting elements of $SO(3)$ to $SU(2)$.

Let $A$ an element of ortogonal group $SO(3)$ such that the orders of $A$ is $>2$. We have that $SU(2)$ is a $2$-fold cover of $SO(3)$: $$ \mathbb{Z}_2 \to SU(2) \to SO(3) .$$ So how can I build a ...
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Does every map $\mathbb{R}P^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}P^n$ lift to a pair of maps $S^n\rightarrow S^n$?

Question: Given a continuous map $f:\mathbb{R}P^n\rightarrow\mathbb{R}P^n$, is there automatically a continuous map $g:S^n\rightarrow S^n$ such that $f,g$ commute with the covering map ...
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Lifting problems existence

Let $g:\mathbb{R}^m \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^m,g\in C^1(\mathbb{R}^m)$ such that: $\|g'(x)(v)\|\geq\|v\|,\forall v\in \mathbb{R}^m,\forall x \in \mathbb{R}^m$ show that any rectilinear path ...
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Existence of a Minimal Cover

I'm well aware that for the sequence $x_n=\frac{1}{n}$, $\text{inf }x_n=0$ but $0 \notin (x_n)$. This made me think about something similar but when we are no longer thinking about existence of a ...
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Fundamental group and path-connected

Let $p:E \rightarrow B$ be a covering space, $E$ and $B$ are path-connected. Let $A$ be a path-connected subset of $B$ . How to use fundamental group to give a sufficient and necessary condition to ...
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Group of covering transformations

The group of automorphisms of a covering $p: E \mapsto X$, to be denoted $Aut(E,p)$, is usually referred to as the group of covering transformations. If $p: E_1 \mapsto E_2$ is an isomorphism of ...
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Example of a Spread which is not Complete

This is a continuation of an original question about spreads, which are something like pre-branched covering spaces. See the basic definitions here: A Complete Spread I have an example of a spread ...
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Covering map + homotopy equivalence = homeomorphism?

How to show that a covering map which is also a homotopy equivalence is a homeomorphism?
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If $\|\left(f'(x)\right)^{-1}\|\le 1 \Longrightarrow$ $f$ is an diffeomorphism

Let $f:\mathbb{R}^n \longrightarrow \mathbb{R}^n,f\in C^1(\mathbb{R}^n)$ such that $\forall x \in \mathbb{R}^n\;,\;f'(x)$ is an isomorphism and: $$ \|\left(f'(x)\right)^{-1}\|\le 1\;,\forall x \in ...