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Book DetailsMemoirs of the American Mathematical SocietyVolume: 167; 2004; 129 ppMSC: Primary 55; 57; Secondary 14;
It is well known that the homology of a CWcomplex with cells only in even dimensions is free. The equivariant analog of this result for \(G\)cell complexes is, however, not obvious, since \(RO(G)\)graded homology cannot be computed using cellular chains. We consider \(G = \mathbb{Z}/p\) and study \(G\)cell complexes constructed using the unit disks of finite dimensional \(G\)representations as cells. Our main result is that, if \(X\) is a \(G\)complex containing only evendimensional representation cells and satisfying certain finiteness assumptions, then its \(RO(G)\)graded equivariant ordinary homology \(H_\ast^G(X;A>\) is free as a graded module over the homology \(H_\ast\) of a point. This extends a result due to the second author about equivariant complex projective spaces with linear \(\mathbb{Z}/p\)actions. Our new result applies more generally to equivariant complex Grassmannians with linear \(\mathbb{Z}/p\)actions.
Two aspects of our result are particularly striking. The first is that, even though the generators of \(H^G_\ast(X;A)\) are in onetoone correspondence with the cells of \(X\), the dimension of each generator is not necessarily the same as the dimension of the corresponding cell. This shifting of dimensions seems to be a previously unobserved phenomenon. However, it arises so naturally and ubiquitously in our context that it seems likely that it will reappear elsewhere in equivariant homotopy theory. The second unexpected aspect of our result is that it is not a purely formal consequence of a trivial algebraic lemma. Instead, we must look at the homology of \(X\) with several different choices of coefficients and apply the Universal Coefficient Theorem for \(RO(G)\)graded equivariant ordinary homology.
In order to employ the Universal Coefficient Theorem, we must introduce the box product of \(RO(G)\)graded Mackey functors. We must also compute the \(RO(G)\)graded equivariant ordinary homology of a point with an arbitrary Mackey functor as coefficients. This, and some other basic background material on \(RO(G)\)graded equivariant ordinary homology, is presented in a separate part at the end of the memoir.ReadershipGraduate students and research mathematicians interested in algebraic topology.

Table of Contents

Chapters

Introduction

Part 1. The homology of $\mathbb {Z}/p$cell complexes with evendimensional cells

Chapter 1. Preliminaries

Chapter 2. The main freeness theorem (Theorem 2.6)

Chapter 3. An outline of the proof of the main freeness result (Theorem 2.6)

Chapter 4. Proving the singlecell freeness results

Chapter 5. Computing $H^G_*(B \cup DV; A)$ in the key dimensions

Chapter 6. Dimensionshifting long exact sequences

Chapter 7. Complex Grassmannian manifolds

Part 2. Observations about $RO(G)$graded equivariant ordinary homology

Chapter 8. The computation of $H^S_*$ for arbitrary $S$

Chapter 9. Examples of $H^S_*$

Chapter 10. $RO(G)$graded box products

Chapter 11. A weak universal coefficient theorem

Chapter 12. Observations about Mackey functors


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It is well known that the homology of a CWcomplex with cells only in even dimensions is free. The equivariant analog of this result for \(G\)cell complexes is, however, not obvious, since \(RO(G)\)graded homology cannot be computed using cellular chains. We consider \(G = \mathbb{Z}/p\) and study \(G\)cell complexes constructed using the unit disks of finite dimensional \(G\)representations as cells. Our main result is that, if \(X\) is a \(G\)complex containing only evendimensional representation cells and satisfying certain finiteness assumptions, then its \(RO(G)\)graded equivariant ordinary homology \(H_\ast^G(X;A>\) is free as a graded module over the homology \(H_\ast\) of a point. This extends a result due to the second author about equivariant complex projective spaces with linear \(\mathbb{Z}/p\)actions. Our new result applies more generally to equivariant complex Grassmannians with linear \(\mathbb{Z}/p\)actions.
Two aspects of our result are particularly striking. The first is that, even though the generators of \(H^G_\ast(X;A)\) are in onetoone correspondence with the cells of \(X\), the dimension of each generator is not necessarily the same as the dimension of the corresponding cell. This shifting of dimensions seems to be a previously unobserved phenomenon. However, it arises so naturally and ubiquitously in our context that it seems likely that it will reappear elsewhere in equivariant homotopy theory. The second unexpected aspect of our result is that it is not a purely formal consequence of a trivial algebraic lemma. Instead, we must look at the homology of \(X\) with several different choices of coefficients and apply the Universal Coefficient Theorem for \(RO(G)\)graded equivariant ordinary homology.
In order to employ the Universal Coefficient Theorem, we must introduce the box product of \(RO(G)\)graded Mackey functors. We must also compute the \(RO(G)\)graded equivariant ordinary homology of a point with an arbitrary Mackey functor as coefficients. This, and some other basic background material on \(RO(G)\)graded equivariant ordinary homology, is presented in a separate part at the end of the memoir.
Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in algebraic topology.

Chapters

Introduction

Part 1. The homology of $\mathbb {Z}/p$cell complexes with evendimensional cells

Chapter 1. Preliminaries

Chapter 2. The main freeness theorem (Theorem 2.6)

Chapter 3. An outline of the proof of the main freeness result (Theorem 2.6)

Chapter 4. Proving the singlecell freeness results

Chapter 5. Computing $H^G_*(B \cup DV; A)$ in the key dimensions

Chapter 6. Dimensionshifting long exact sequences

Chapter 7. Complex Grassmannian manifolds

Part 2. Observations about $RO(G)$graded equivariant ordinary homology

Chapter 8. The computation of $H^S_*$ for arbitrary $S$

Chapter 9. Examples of $H^S_*$

Chapter 10. $RO(G)$graded box products

Chapter 11. A weak universal coefficient theorem

Chapter 12. Observations about Mackey functors