Variations on a conjecture of Halperin

Volume 45 / 1998

Gregory Lupton Banach Center Publications 45 (1998), 115-135 DOI: 10.4064/-45-1-115-135


Halperin has conjectured that the Serre spectral sequence of any fibration that has fibre space a certain kind of elliptic space should collapse at the $E_2$-term. In this paper we obtain an equivalent phrasing of this conjecture, in terms of formality relations between base and total spaces in such a fibration (Theorem 3.4). Also, we obtain results on relations between various numerical invariants of the base, total and fibre spaces in these fibrations. Some of our results give weak versions of Halperin's conjecture (Remark 4.4 and Corollary 4.5). We go on to establish some of these weakened forms of the conjecture (Theorem 4.7). In the last section, we discuss extensions of our results and suggest some possibilities for future work.


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