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Questions tagged [obstruction-theory]

Obstruction theory is a name given to two different mathematical theories, both of which yield cohomological invariants.

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When does a continuous map $f:X\rightarrow \mathbb{H}P^n$ lift to $S^{4n+3}$?

Consider the Hopf bundles $$S^1\rightarrow S^{2n+1}\rightarrow \mathbb{C}P^n$$ and $$S^3\rightarrow S^{4n+3}\rightarrow \mathbb{H}P^n.$$ In this question (and also here), it is shown that for any ...
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Local coefficients involved in the obstruction class for a lift of a map

I'm interested in understanding the importance of the local coefficients in the definition of the obstruction cocycle for a lift of a map $f\colon X \to B$ along a fibration $p \colon E \to B$. I'm ...
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Showing that the Hopf fibration is a non-trivial fibre bundle

I want to show that the Hopf bundle $$ \mathbb{S}^1 \rightarrow \mathbb{S^3} \rightarrow \mathbb{S}^2$$ is non-trivial as a principal fibre bundle. I have seen hints of several different approaches: ...
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Lifting problem of a map $g:M\to B^2\mathbb{Z}_n$ to $f:M\to BPSU(n)$

Since there is a short exact sequence of groups: $$1\to\mathbb{Z}_n\to SU(n)\to PSU(n)\to1,$$ we have a fiber sequence: $$B\mathbb{Z}_n\to BSU(n)\to BPSU(n)\stackrel{\iota}{\to} B^2\mathbb{Z}_n\to\...