A Classification Theorem for Homotopy Commutative H-spaces with Finitely Generated Mod 2 Cohomology Rings, Volume 449

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American Mathematical Soc., 1990 - Mathematics - 116 pages
Many homological properties of Lie groups are derived strictly from homotopy-theoretic considerations and do not depend on any geometric or analytic structure. An H-space is a topological space having a continuous multiplication with unit. Generalizing from Lie group theory, John Hubbuck proved that a connected, homotopy commutative H-space which is a finite cell complex has the homotopy type of a torus. There are many interesting examples of H-spaces which are not finite complexes - loop spaces are one example. The aim of this book is to prove a version of Hubbuck's theorem in which the condition that the H-space be a finite cell complex is replaced by the condition that it have a finitely-generated mod 2 cohomology ring. The conclusion of the theorem is slightly more general in this case, and some mild associativity hypotheses are required. The method of proof uses established techniques in H-space theory, as well as a new obstruction-theoretic approach to (Araki-Kudo-Dyer-Lashof) homology operations for iterated loop spaces.

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