# Cohomology of $(S^2\times S^2)/\mathbb{Z}_4$

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Let $$X=(S^2\times S^2)/\mathbb{Z}_4$$ where $$\mathbb{Z}_4$$ acts on $$S^2\times S^2$$ as $$(x,y)\mapsto(-y,x)$$.

My question: What are the cohomology rings of $$X$$ with coefficients $$\mathbb{Z}_4$$ and $$\mathbb{Z}_2$$? What is the Bockstein homomorphism $$\beta:H^*(X,\mathbb{Z}_4)\to H^{*+1}(X,\mathbb{Z}_2)?$$

Note that the $$\mathbb{Z}_4$$ action on $$S^2\times S^2$$ is orientation-reversing, so $$X$$ is non-orientable. Also the Euler characteristic is $$\chi(X)=1$$.

Thank you!

• Nice question. Try coming up with a $\Bbb Z/4$-invariant cell decomposition of $S^2 \times S^2$, cobbled together via the following antipodal-invariant cell decomposition on $S^2$: the 0-cells are the north and south pole, the 1-cells are latitude lines going from the south-to-north pole on the "east side" and the north-to-south pole on the "west side", and then the front and back faces are the 2-cells. Once you write down the cellular chain complex upstairs with its $\Bbb Z/4$ action, quotienting will give you the chain complex downstairs, and this is what you need for these computations.
– user98602
Nov 3 '18 at 18:23
• For the cohomology rings you'll need to do a bit more work, but this is a starting point.
– user98602
Nov 3 '18 at 18:24
• An unattractive spectral sequence calculation gives me $H_0 = \Bbb Z, H_1 = \Bbb Z/4, H_3 = \Bbb Z/2$ and all other homology groups zero. This implies for degree reasons that there are no interesting Bocksteins in the direction you ask, and that the $\Bbb Z/2$ cohomology ring is uninteresting. I think there is a nonzero product in the $\Bbb Z/4$ cohomology ring.
– user98602
Nov 6 '18 at 5:25
• Would it be of any value to you for me to write down the spectral sequence calculation even if I can't get the product structure?
– user98602
Nov 6 '18 at 20:51