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Filtering the fiber of the pinch map

Abstract@n ! Fn! P 2nC1 ! S 2nC1 : The boundary map is shown to be compatible with the Hopf invariant and a filtration of the spliting is obtained. 55P99, 55Q20; 55Q25

Topics: Hopf invariant (58%), Fiber (mathematics) (57%), Boundary (topology) (54%), Filtration (mathematics) (51%)

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Abstract: Fix a prime p. A simply connected space X has exponent pr at the prime p if pr annihilates the p-primary torsion of wc*(X). The basic example showing that such spaces exist is the fact that S2I'+' has exponent p2f` at p. This result was first obtained in the case p equals 2 by I. M. James [17] and later in the case of an odd prime by H. Toda [41]. We wished to find further information concerning exponents. Indeed we started by wondering whether Moore spaces of finite abelian groups have an exponent. While we do not answer this question, we do obtain further information concerning the structure of their torsion. In particular, for Moore spaces with nontrivial homology group Z/prZ where p is greater than three, we exhibit an infinite family of elements of order pr+l. These are obtained in making product decompositions of certain associated loop spaces. These decompositions are constructed by using Samelson products in mod p homotopy theory. They lead to information concerning the double suspension. This enables us to improve the result of Toda by showing that S2'f+' has exponent p'+1 at p. In a subsequent paper, we will show that the exponent of S2'f+' at p is in fact pfl by refining our results on the double suspension and using P. Selick's theorem [34] that S3 has exponent p at any odd prime p. Our methods, which involve differential Lie algebras, are both elementary and accessible. Higher torsion is detected by Samelson products and the homology of free differential Lie algebras. Product decompositions of loop spaces are constructed from analogous decompositions of universal enveloping algebras. The exponent of S2'f+l is a consequence of a map Q2 -~ffl S'(P)-1 derived from one such product decomposition. The considerations in this paper lead us to wonder whether simply connected finite dimensional H-spaces have exponents at all primes or, more

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01 Jan 1988-Topology
Abstract: Our space B2n-1,2 is the fiber of a map cp.: R2S2np+1+S2np-1 but wedo not know whether q,,~rr,,~ Conjecture 15 of [4] would follow if this were true. In Section 2 we will give a clutching construction which yields quasifibrations over mapping cones. This will be applied in Section 3 to construct a fundamental diagram of fibrations. In Sections 4 and 5 we will establish properties in decreasing order of generality, culminating in Theorems 8 and 9. Throughout this paper we will work with homotopy C W-complexes. We will denote by

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01 Oct 1995-Topology
Abstract: In this paper we will discuss some quite simple H spaces with a number of remarkable properties. These properties make the spaces useful in the factorization of loop spaces on the one hand [23] and pivotal in understanding the unstable development of v 2 periodic homotopy on the other [12].

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