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The homotopy exponent problem for certain classes of polyhedral products

Given a sequence of n topological pairs (X_i,A_i) for i=1,...,n, and a simplicial complex K, on n vertices, there is a topological space (X,A)^K by a construction of Buchstaber and Panov. Such spaces are called polyhedral products and they generalize the central notion of the momentangle complex in toric topology. We study certain classes of polyhedral products from a homotopy theoretic point of view. The boundary of the 2dimensional nsided polygon, where n is greater than or equal to 3, may be viewed as a 1dimensional simplicial complex with n vertices and n faces which we call the ngon. When K is an ngon for n at least 5, (D^2,S^1)^K is a hyperbolic space, by a theorem of Debongnie. We show that there is an infinite basis of the rational homotopy of the based loop space of (D^2,S^1)^K represented by iterated Samelson products. When K is an ngon, for n at least 3, and P^m(p^r) is a mod p^r Moore space with m at least 3 and r at least 1, we show that the order of the elements in the pprimary torsion component in the homotopy groups of (Cone X, X)^K, where X is the loop space of P^m(p^r), is bounded above by p^{r+1}. This result provides new evidence in support of a conjecture of Moore. Moreover, this bound is the best possible and in fact, if a certain conjecture of M.J Barratt is assumed to be true, then this bound is also valid, and is the best possible, when K is an arbitrary simplicial complex.
