A topological group is a group endowed with a topology such that the group operation and inversion are continuous maps. They are useful in various areas of mathematics. Every topological vector space is a topological group. Locally compact groups are important in harmonic analysis.

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Is there a contractible space with a free circle action?

Question in title. Seems no to me (some vague intuition here about contracting orbits to a fixed point), but I can't prove it. I'd prefer to be wrong. (I'm curious because I am thinking about group ...
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Is there a topology such that $(\Bbb R, +, \mathcal T)$ is a compact Hausdorff topological group?

I already know that this is impossible for $(\Bbb Q, +, \mathcal T)$ to be a compact Hausdorff topological group (notice that the trivial topology does not work because it is not Hausdorff). Indeed, ...
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Reference request for "isomorphism upto compact kernel /cokernel “

Let $A$, $B$ be abelian topological groups with a map $f :A \to B$. Assume also that the kernel and cokernel of this map are compact. Then we call f an isomorphism upto compactness. Now let $A, B, C$...
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An exact sequence of compact topological groups.

Let $A, B, C $ be abelian topological groups such that we have the following exact sequence : $$0\to A \to B \to C \to 0. $$ Assume also that A, C are compact and all the maps are open. Then it's it ...
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About an article regarding free groups

I am currently reading this paper https://blms.oxfordjournals.org/content/35/5/624.abstract and I have some difficulties to understand two steps of the proof of the main theorem. Let $G$ be a non ...
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Let $G$ a simple connected topological group and $H$ a normal discrete subgroup, then $\pi_1(G/H,e) = H.$

I know that $G$ is a covering space for $G/H$ and there is a injection between the fundamental group of $G$ and $G/H.$ How to proceed to show that $\pi_1(G/H,e) = H?$.
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How theorem 3.1 is a consequence of lemmas 3.2-3.4?

In the article "Tight wavelet frames on local fields", the author states that "Theorem 3.1 is an easy consequence of lemmas 3.2-3.4". How?
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Does every locally compact group $G$ have a nontrivial homomorphism into $\mathbb{R}$?

Does every locally compact group (second countable and Hausdorff) topological group $G$ that is not compact have a nontrivial continuous homomorphism into $\mathbb{R}$? Obviously for compact groups ...
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Connectedness of punctured $G$

If I take a connected topological group $G$ and I remove the indentity from $G$, when I can say that $G-\lbrace 1 \rbrace $ is connected? Any suggestion or reference is appreciated.
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Is conjugation of a positive semi-definite Hermitian matrix equal to conjugation by some rotation?

Let $s \in GL_2(\Bbb R)$ be a symmetric positive definite matrix (is this roughly the stretching part of the polar decomposition of some other matrix $x=sk$?). Conjugate $s$ by the reflection $$\gamma=...
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understanding relevance of Lie vs topological groups

A silly easy to state question. When dealing with topological groups, I'm trying to understand more profoundly the advantages of having a Lie group structure against just a topological one. Can ...
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What is the algebraic structure of $\Bbb Q_p/\Bbb Z_p$? [closed]

I am curious about the algebraic structure of $\Bbb Q_p/\Bbb Z_p$. Is there any result in this direction? Thanks!
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Haar measure, can image of modular function be any subgroup of $(0,\infty)$?

It is easy to find examples of locally compact second countable Hausdorff topological groups $G$ whose modular function $\Delta$ has image $\{1\}$ or $(0,\infty)$. Are there groups $G$ of this kind ...
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Corollary of the Birkhoff Kakutani Theorem: first countable topological vector spaces

http://planetmath.org/birkhoffkakutanitheorem A topological group $(G,*,e)$ is metrizable if and only if $G$ is Hausdorff and the identity $e$ of $G$ has a countable neighborhood basis. In ...
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Semi-direct product of groups

The situation is the following: Let be $G$ a locally compact (Hausdorff) group such that $G = H \rtimes_{\alpha} N$ is the semi direct product of locally compact groups $N$ and $H$. Let $A$ be a C$^*$-...
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Extending the topology on a set to the group it generates

The multiplicative group $\Bbb Q^+$ can be viewed as a $\Bbb Z$-module. To see this, note that any rational can be decomposed into the form $2^{n_2} \cdot 3^{n_3} \cdot 5^{n_5} \cdot ...$ The tuple ...
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A quotient by a discrete normal subgroup is locally isomorphic to the group itself

Let $G$ be a connected topological group and let $\Gamma$ be a discrete normal subgroup of $G$. Then why $G$ and $G/\Gamma$ are locally isomorphic?
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Definition of $\hat{G_1}\times \hat{G_2}$ where $G_1,G_2$ are abelian groups and $\hat{G}$ is the dual of $G$

The question is in the title. I want to know what happens to $(\chi_G,\chi_H)\in\hat{G}\times \hat{H}$. Are they just passively sitting there as a pair or they give something when applied on $(g,h)$? ...
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Existence of open subgroup extending a smaller one

Let $G$ be an abelian topological group and $H \subseteq G$ a dense subgroup (equipped with the subset topology). Furthermore let $V \subseteq H$ be a subgroup that is open in $H$. Does there exist a ...
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Fundamental group of a topological group [duplicate]

Given $(G,\cdot)$ a topological group with identity $e$, is it always true that $\pi_1(G,e)$ is abelian? For what it's worth: I have already shown that if $f,g\in\Omega(X,e)$, then $[f \times g]=[f\...
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A problem of nets in topology

Let $G$ be a topological group with neutral element $e$. Let $\pi \colon G \to B(E)$ a (non-continuous) representation of $G$ on a Banach space $E$ by bounded linear operators. Let $T$ an element of ...
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Halmos Measure Thoery section 62 exercise 3

Is there a locally compact group $G$ and a Borel measure $\mu$ on $G$ such that \begin{equation*} H=\{g\in G\mid \mu(gE)=\mu(E) \: \text{for all measurable} \: E\} \end{equation*} is not a closed ...
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connected or compact Dirichlet domain

Let $G$ be a second-countable locally compact group and $d$ be a proper (i.e. bounded closed sets are compact) left invariant metric on $G$. Let $\Gamma$ be a lattice subgroup of $G$. Consider the ...
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Examples of nilpotent connected locally compact groups which are not Lie groups

I am looking for examples of nilpotent connected (or at least almost connected) locally compact groups which are not Lie groups. Do you know of such examples ?
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Order topology on $\Bbb Q^+$ as a Z-module

Consider the multiplicative group of strictly positive rationals, denoted $\Bbb Q^+$. This can be viewed as a $\Bbb Z$-module, with the primes serving as a basis. If we place the order topology on $\...
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canonical quotient map on lie group is proper?

Let $G$ be Lie group and $K \subset G$ a compact Lie subgroup of $G$. Let $\pi \colon G \to G/K , \quad g \mapsto g.K=[g]$ denote the canonical projection on the quotient and endow $G/K$ with the ...
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On volume of arithmetic subgroups

I deal a lot with volumes of arithmetic subgroups, mainly in $SL_2(\mathbf{Z)}$. But I remain not at ease with them, making rough explicit calculations case by case instead of having a general method. ...
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Show that the sphere, S, and $\mathbb{R}^2$ is not homeomorphic

I am trying to show that the sphere $S^2$ and $\mathbb{R}^2$ are not homeomorphic.I understand that you can't 'compress' a 3D shape into a 2D plane but I don't know how I would express this formally. ...
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A continuous action of a compact group on a uniform space is equicontinuous?

I am stuck on how to prove the statement "A continuous action of a compact group $G$ on a uniform space $X$ is equicontinuous." So, essentially we want to show that for every entourage $\alpha$ of $...
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Conjugacy classes in topological groups are closed?

EDIT Just realized that this question Conjugacy classes of a compact matrix group is related, but I think that the answer use specific properties of matrix groups, so it doesn't apply. QUESTION ...
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Example of non-amenable group which is the inverse limit of amenable groups

1) Does there exist a non-amenable locally compact group $G$ which is the inverse limit $\varprojlim G_i$ of amenable groups $G_i$? 2) Does there exist a non-amenable locally compact group $G$ which ...
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Is a translation in a compact Lie group homotopic to the identity?

The following exercise is from Guillemin and Pollack, Differential Topology. Show that the Euler characteristic of the orthogonal group (or any compact Lie group for that matter) is zero. Hint: ...
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Is the product of closed subgroups in topological group closed?

Just out of curiosity: If $G$ is a topological group and $H, K$ are closed subgroups, is $H\cdot K$ a closed subgroup? Thanks!
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Showing some transformation is group isomorphism (topological group).

Let's Mg be a set of all real valued functions defined on topological group G. Assume that $f:G \to R$. Let's $a \in G$, then define $f_a(x):=f(ax)$ for all $x \in G$. Now define $h_a(f):=f_a$ we know ...
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A dense set in $\mathbb{T}$

Let $$\mathbb{T}=\{ z \in \mathbb{C}: |z|=1\} $$ Consider $\mathbb{T}$ as a topological group under multiplication with it's usual topology, I'm reading a proof wich states that a dense set in $T$ ...
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Isomorphism theorems for topological groups

I know that the second isomorphism theorem for groups doesn't hold for topological groups, the version that I have for the second isomorphism theorem is: If $G$ is a group, $H$ a subgroup of $G$ and ...
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Show that $S^1$ acts on $S^3$

$S^3=\{(z_1, z_2) \in \mathbb{C^2} \mid |z_1|^2 + |z_2|^2 = 1 \}$ Show that $S^1$ acts on $S^3$ by $z \cdot (z_1, z_2)=(zz_1, zz_2)$ An action of a topological group $G$ on a topological ...
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identity for quaternions' group Sp(n)=Sp(2n,C)∩U(2n)

Could you help me for solving this: Let $Sp(n)$ be the group of linear transformations of $H^n$ such that preserve hermitian form $$\sum_{i=1}^n \overline{q_i}r_i,$$ that $H$ is the quaternions _ the ...
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Fundamental groups of path connected subspaces

Does every path connected subspace of $\mathbb{R}^2$ have a fundamental group the trivial or an infinity group? For example, for convex subspaces we know that, but if we take only path connected ...
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Topology of bundle maps in Atiyah-Singer IV

I'm trying to read "The index of elliptic operators IV" by Atiyah and Singer, and I do not understand why the topology on $\mathrm{Diff}(X,E)$ on page 123 is constructed in such a peculiar way. Is ...
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Sequences $(U_n)$ of neighborhoods of $0$ in a LCA group with $m(U_n)\to 0$

Let $G$ denote an infinite compact abelian group with Haar measure $m$ (so $m(G)=1$). Given a neighborhood $U_1$ of the unit $0$ in $G$ we can find a symmetric neighborhood $U_2$ of $0$ such that $...
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Euclidean Sphere

Consider the Euclidean sphere $S^n = \{x\in \mathbb{R}^{n+1}: ||x||_2=1\}$ of dimension $n\ge1$. Show that for every continuous function $f:S^n\longrightarrow \mathbb{R}$, there exists $x\in S^n$ such ...
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If $f(gK) \subset U$ find a compact neighborhood of $g$, $\overline{Q}$, such that $f(\overline{Q} K) \subset U$

sorry for my bad english. I am in a proof and I get stuck in the following step. Let $f : X \to Y$ be a continuous function between two topological spaces, $G$ a locally compact topological group, ...
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$T_0$ is equivalent to $T_1$ in a topological group

I need to prove that the separation axiom $T_0$ is equivalent to $T_1$ in a topological group $G$. $T_1$ implies $T_0$. So I only need to prove $T_0$ inplies $T_1$. What I have tried is: Suppose $...
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Lie group structures inside of Clifford algebras

I am reading a text by Jean Gallier on Clifford algebras, Pin and Spin groups. I have a problem with one little innocent-looking paragraph establishing Pin and Spin as Lie groups on the page 37. I don'...
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Closed subgroup implies open?

If $H$ is a closed subgroup of a topological group, $H$ is also open?, I know that an open subgroup of a topological group is also closed, but the converse is true? if isn't, wich could be a ...
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Show that $ \operatorname{Sp}(n)=\{A \in M_n(\mathbb{H}) \mid AA^*=I=A^*A\} $ is a compact group

Let $M_n(\mathbb{H})$ be the set of all $n \times n$ matrices with entries in the quaternions $\mathbb{H}$. For $A=(a_{ij} ) $ let $ A^*=(a^*_{ij} ) $ be the matrix with $a^*_{ij}=\bar{a}_{ij} $, ...
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Let $G$ be a Lie group and $H$ be a closed subgroup of $G$. Show that if $H$ and homogeneous space $\frac{G}{H}$ are connected, then $G$ is connected.

Let $G$ ge a Lie group and $H$ be a closed subgroup of $G$. Show that if $H$ and homogenuous space $\frac{G}{H}$ are connected, then $G$ is connected. Remark: For this proof I use the following ...
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Proving that $B:=\{f(x)\in C[a,b]:f(a)=0\}$ is close set

Let $B$ be a group of all the continuous functions in the interval $[a,b]$ such that $f(a)=0$. Prove that $A$ is close group in the metric space $C[a,b]$ My attempt: Metric space $C[a,b]$ defined ...
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Binary operations being continuous under a topology?

For a set $S$ and some function $f: S \rightarrow S$ and $a\in S$, $f$ is continuous at $a$ under a topology $N$ if for all neighborhoods $N_1(f(a))$ there exists a neighborhood $N_2(a)$ such that $f(...