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A tutorial on constructions of finite complexes with specified cohomology (after Steve Mitchell and Jeff Smith)

Presented by: 
Nicholas Kuhn University of Virginia
Date: 
Tuesday 7th August 2018 - 15:30 to 16:30
Venue: 
INI Seminar Room 2
Abstract: 
Central to the study of modern homotopy theory is the Periodicity Theorem of Mike Hopkins and Jeff Smith, which says that any type n finite complex admits a v_n self map. Their theorem follows from the Devanitz-Hopkins-Smith Nilpotence Theorem once one has constructed at least one example of v_n self map of a type n complex. The construction of such an ur-example uses a construction due to Jeff Smith making use of the modular representation theory of the symmetric groups. This followed the first construction of a type n complex for all n by Steve Mitchell, which used the modular representation theory of the general linear groups over Z/p. The fine points of the Smith construction are not in the only published source: Ravenel's write-up in his book on the Nilpotence Theorems. I'll discuss some of this, and illustrate the ideas with a construction of a spectrum whose mod 2 cohomology is free on one generator as a module over A(3), the 1024 dimensional subalgebra of the Steenrod algebra generated by Sq^1, Sq^2, Sq^4, and Sq^8.
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