Orbit spaces, Quillen's Theorem A and Minami's formula for compact Lie groups

Volume 213 / 2011

Assaf Libman Fundamenta Mathematicae 213 (2011), 115-167 MSC: 55R35, 55N91, 55U40, 22E99. DOI: 10.4064/fm213-2-2


Let $G$ be a compact Lie group. We present a criterion for the orbit spaces of two $G$-spaces to be homotopy equivalent and use it to obtain a quick proof of Webb's conjecture for compact Lie groups. We establish two Minami type formulae which present the $p$-localised spectrum $\Sigma ^\infty BG_+$ as an alternating sum of $p$-localised spectra $\Sigma ^\infty BH_+$ for subgroups $H$ of $G$. The subgroups $H$ are calculated from the collections of the non-trivial elementary abelian $p$-subgroups of $G$ and the non-trivial $p$-radical subgroups of $G$. We also show that the Bousfield–Kan spectral sequences of the normaliser decompositions associated to these collections and to any $p$-local cohomology theory $h^*$ collapse at their $E_2$-pages to their vertical axes, and converge to $h^*(BG)$. An important tool is a topological version of Quillen's Theorem A which we prove.


  • Assaf LibmanDepartment of Mathematical Sciences
    King's College
    University of Aberdeen
    Aberdeen AB24 3UE, Scotland, U.K.

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