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When is a local homeomorphism a covering map?

if $X$ and $Y$ are Hausdorff spaces, $f:X \to Y$ is a local homeomorphism, $X$ is compact, and $Y$ is connected, is $f$ a covering map? It seems to be, and I almost have a proof, but I'm stuck at the ...
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Covering spaces - why are they useful?

As someone who trained as a physicist, I have known for ages that $\operatorname{SU}(2)$ is a double cover of $\operatorname{SO}(3)$, so, during an idle day at the office I decided to look up what ...
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Does $gHg^{-1}\subseteq H$ imply $gHg^{-1}= H$?

Let $G$ be a group, $H<G$ a subgroup and $g$ an element of $G$. Let $\lambda_g$ denote the inner automorphism which maps $x$ to $gxg^{-1}$. I wonder if $H$ can be mapped to a proper subgroup of ...
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Why is the Long Line not a covering space for the Circle

I know of several reasons why the long line can't be a covering space for the circle, but I'm more curious in what exactly goes wrong with the following covering map. Let $L$ be the long line and ...
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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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Prove that a covering map is a homeomorphism

I got stuck in the following exercise: Let $p:\widetilde{X}\rightarrow X$ be a covering map with $\widetilde{X}$ connected and $p^{-1}(x)$ finite, for every $x\in X$. Show that if there exists a ...
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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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Calculating monodromy

I'm right now learning about Monodromy from self-studying Rick Miranda's fantastic book "Algebraic Curves and Riemann surfaces". Today, I read about monodromy, and the monodromy representation of a ...
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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 ...
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covering space of $2$-genus surface

I'm trying to build $2:1$ covering space for $2$- genus surface by $3$-genus surface. I can see that if I take a cut of $3$-genus surface in the middle (along the mid hole) I get $2$ surfaces each one ...
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Equations for double etale covers of the hyperelliptic curve $y^2 = x^5+1$

Let $X$ be the (smooth projective model) of the hyperelliptic curve $y^2=x^5+1$ over $\mathbf C$. Can we "easily" write down equations for all double unramified covers of $X$? Topologically, these ...
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A locally constant sheaf on a locally connected space is a covering space; Proof?

As part of my hobby i'm learning about sheaves from Mac Lane and Moerdijk. I have a problem with Ch 2 Q 5, to the extent that i don't believe the claim to be proven is actually true, currently. Here ...
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The covering space of connected space

Let $X$ be a connected topological space, and $\pi : Y \rightarrow X$ a surjective covering space map. Suppose that the group of deck transformations of $\pi$ contains a subgroup $\mathbb Z_p$, where ...
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Universal Cover of projective plane glued to Möbius strip

Consider the usual cell structure on $\mathbb R P^2$, with one 1-cell and one 2-cell attached via a map of degree 2. Consider the space $X$ obtained by gluing a Möbius band along the 1-cell via a ...
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Orientable double covers for non-orientable manifolds

If I have two non-orientable connected manifolds such that their orientable double covers are homeomorphic, can anything be said about the manifolds? Are they homeomorphic?
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Is a covering space of a manifold always a manifold

Assume $M$ is a manifold and $q : E \to M$ is a covering map. I have been told a few times that a covering space of a manifold is again a manifold. Indeed, it is easy to verify that $E$ is both ...
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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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The simply connected coverings of two homotopy equivalent spaces are homotopy equivalent

This is exercise 1.3.8 in Hatcher: Let $\tilde{X}$ and $\tilde{Y}$ be simply-connected covering spaces of path connected, locally path-connected spaces $X$ and $Y$. Show that if $X\simeq Y$ then ...
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Covering space Hausdorff implies base space Hausdorff

There is an exercise problem in Hatcher's Algebraic Topology book asking to show that if $p:\tilde{X}\rightarrow X$ is a covering space with $p^{-1}(x)$ finite and nonempty for all $x\in X$, then ...
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Pullback of differential form on the double covering

On a double covering there is a differential form $\omega$ arises by the pullback of a differential form under the projection iff it is the pullback of $\omega$ under the map $i$, where $i$ is the map ...
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Universal covering of $SO(3,\mathbb{R})$

How do you prove that the universal covering of $SO(3, \mathbb{R})$ is $S^3$ ? Or equivalently, that it is diffeomorphic to $P_3\mathbb{R}$ ? Thank you for your answers.
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Induced map on homology from a covering space isomorphism

Suppose $S^1 \times \mathbb{R}P^2$ covers some space. Why is it that any covering space isomorphism $h$ induces the identity map on $H_1$? I don't see how to prove this except maybe from looking at ...
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The action of the group of deck transformation on the higher homotopy groups

This is for homework. I'm supposed to do exercise 4.1.4 in Hatchers "Algebraic Topology", which is to show that given a universal covering $p: \tilde{X} \to X$ of a path-connected space $X$, the ...
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Classifying a Branched Covering Space

This question comes from the proof of proposition 2.2 in Henry Laufer's 'Normal Two-Dimensional Singularities" text. I am excerpting the part I don't understand, and I think it's a self-contained ...
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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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Lifting of maps to a covering space

I am reading Algebraic topology by W. Massey and I have a problem with the proof of property 5.1: Let $(\tilde{X},p)$ be a covering space of $X$, $Y$ a connected and arcwise connected space, ...
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Can we make topological covers of $\mathbf{P}^1$ minus three points into schemes

Let $k=\overline{\mathbf{Q}}$. Fix a finite closed subset $B\subset \mathbf{P}^1_k$. Let $X$ be a "nice" topological space and suppose that there is a continuous morphism $f:X\to \mathbf{P}^1_k-B$. ...
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How to construct certain cover given in Mumford's Abelian Varities book

In chapter I, appendix to section 2 of the book "abelian varieties" by Mumford, we consider a discrete group $G$ acting freely and discontinuously on a good topological space $X$ (i.e., $\forall x \in ...
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Another Question in Hatcher

First of all, I apologize for asking yet another question about the hypotheses of a problem in Hatcher, but the statement of one of his problems has stumped me again. The problem is 1.3.15. It reads ...
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A Covering Map $\mathbb{R}P^2\longrightarrow X$ is a homeomorphism

I came across the following problem: Any covering map $\mathbb{R}P^2\longrightarrow X$ is a homeomorphism. To solve the problem you can look at the composition of covering maps $$ ...
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Covering space of a non-orientable surface

I have the following problem: Find the 2-sheeted (orientable) cover of the non-orientable surface of genus g. The cases $g=1,2$ are well-known, we have that the cover of $\mathbb{R}P^2$ is ...
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Local homeomorphisms which are not covering map?

I am trying to find examples of maps between topological space which are local homeomorphism but not covering maps. Especially, how twisted has to be such a counterexample : can it be a local ...
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Extending a quotient map to a covering map on $\mathbb{RP}^2$

Why can we not extend the quotient map $q:[0,1]\times[0,1] \to \mathbb{RP}^2$ to a covering map, $\mathbb{R}^2 \to \mathbb{RP}^2$?
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proving that a covering map with certain domain and range is homeomorphism

Let $p:E\to B$ be a covring map, with $E$ path connected. Show that if B is simply connected, then $p$ is a homeomorphism. Well I don't know exactly what can I do here, maybe I have to start with ...
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Why is the rank of $f_\ast L$ the degree of $f$

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a finite morphism of curves. Let $L$ be a line bundle on $X$. Why is $f_\ast L$ a line bundle and is the degree of $f_\ast L$ equal to $\deg f$ or $\deg f+ \deg L$? Here is my ...
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The universal cover of the multiplicative group over the field of algebraic numbers

Let $X=\mathbf{A}^1_{\overline{\mathbf{Q}}}-\{0\} = \mathbf{G}_{m,\overline{\mathbf{Q}}}$ be the multiplicative over the field of algebraic numbers. Each finite etale cover $Y\to X$ (with $Y$ ...
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Covering space homeomorphism

In the course of an exercise from Hatcher's topology text, I came to the following point. Given $p: \tilde{X} \to X$ the universal cover for $X$, and a continuous map $h: \tilde{X} \to \tilde{X}$ ...
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About covering maps and sections!

If $q: E\rightarrow X$ is a covering map that has a section $(i.e. f: X\rightarrow E, q\circ f=Id_X)$ does that imply that $E$ is a 1-fold cover?
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What's the automorphism group of this covering?

What's the automorphism group of this covering? I know why this is a covering, but I don't know how to find the automorphism group of this covering. I need help, thanks
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Is a polynomial also a covering map?

Question: Let $p(z)$ be a polynomial over $\mathbb{C}$. Is it true that $p:\mathbb{C} \to \mathbb{C}$ is a covering map ? Partial answer: Let us look first at the points where $p'(z)\ne 0$. There the ...
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Induced map between fundamental groups from covering map is injective

Question: Let $f : X \to Y$ be a continuous map and let $x \in X$, $y \in Y$ be such that $f(x) = y$. Then there is an induced map $f_* : \pi_1(X, x) \to \pi_1(Y, y)$ such that $f_*([\gamma]) = [f ...
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Restriction of Covering Space

I'm studying for an exam, and got stuck on the following exercise: Find all two-sheeted covering spaces for $X =\mathbb{S}^1 \vee \mathbb{S}^1$. Label the two circles of $X$ by $a$ and $b$. Attach ...
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composition of certain covering maps

This problem was posted before, but not the proof (because the asker knowed the answer), only a counterexample without the hypothesis of finite fibres. I want to know how to prove this proposition: ...
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Irregular covering space of $\mathbb{R}P^2\vee\mathbb{R}P^2$

This was on my final last semester (to find such a cover), and I missed it. Here are my thoughts on it since then: I know that the universal cover of $X = \mathbb{R}P^2\vee\mathbb{R}P^2$ is (loosely) ...
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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 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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A good way to understand Galois covering?

A covering map $f:X\rightarrow Y$ is called Galois if for each $y\in Y$ and each pair of lifts $x, x^{'}$, there is a covering transformation taking $x$ to $x^{'}$. What is a good way to understand ...
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Using coverings of graphs

How can I use coverings of graphs to show that if $G$ is a finitely generated free group and $H$ is a subgroup of finite index, then $H$ is finitely generated. I've seen this done without using ...
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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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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, $p^{-1}(Y)=X$ ...