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Title: On the symmetric square of quaternionic projective space
Author: Boote, Yumi
ISNI:       0000 0004 6497 9107
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2016
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The main purpose of this thesis is to calculate the integral cohomology ring of the symmetric square of quaternionic projective space, which has been an open problem since computations with symmetric squares were first proposed in the 1930's. The geometry of this particular case forms an essential part of the thesis, and unexpected results concerning two universal Pin(4) bundles are also included. The cohomological computations involve a commutative ladder of long exact sequences, which arise by decomposing the symmetric square and the corresponding Borel space in compatible ways. The geometry and the cohomology of the configuration space of unordered pairs of distinct points in quaternionic projective space, and of the Thom space MPin(4), also feature, and seem to be of independent interest.
Supervisor: Montaldi, James Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: symmetric square ; projective space ; Pin group ; integral cohomology ring ; configuration space ; Borel space