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Title: Fibrewise CoHopf spaces
Author: Sunderland, A. M.
Awarding Body: University of Oxford
Current Institution: University of Oxford
Date of Award: 1992
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A fibrewise coHopf space X over a base B is a sectioned space for which the diagonal map X —> X x BX may be compressed into X VBX up to fibrewise pointed homotopy. Such spaces have been investigated by I. M. James in the case where X is a sphere bundle over a sphere. The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate some of the properties of fibrewise coHopf spaces over more general bases. Particular attention is given to sphere bundles and fibrations with spherical fibre. The fibrewise reduced suspension of a sectioned fibrewise space with closed sec- tion is fibrewise coHopf with associative comultiplication (up to fibrewise pointed homotopy) and a fibrewise inversion. Examples of fibrewise coHopf spaces not of this form are exhibited, and sufficient conditions are given to ensure that a fibrewise coHopf space has the primitive fibrewise pointed homotopy type of a fibrewise re- duced suspension, in terms of the dimension and connectivity of the space, its base and the fibres. It is shown that these conditions may be relaxed if the fibrewise coHopf structure on the space is assumed to be homotopy-associative. An example of a non-associative fibrewise coHopf sphere bundle is given. It is shown that, if q > 1 is odd, a sectioned orientable q-sphere bundle over a finite connected complex is fibrewise coHopf if and only if its fibrewise localisation at the prime 2 is fibrewise coHopf. Moreover, the fibrewise rationalisation of an odd-dimensional sphere bundle over a finite polyhedron whose fibrewise unreduced suspension is fibrewise coHopf is shown to be a trivial fibration. As an application, it is shown that new fibrewise coHopf spherical fibrations may be constructed by mixing. The Thorn space is used to determine the cohomology ring of the total space of a fibrewise coHopf sphere bundle in terms of that of its base, and a generalised Hopf invariant is constructed which vanishes on fibrewise coHopf sphere bundles.
Supervisor: James, Ioan Mackenzie Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Fiber bundles (Mathematics) ; Homotopy groups Mathematics