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G-CW complex

Contents

Context

Topology

topology (point-set topology, point-free topology)

see also differential topology, algebraic topology, functional analysis and topological homotopy theory

Introduction

Basic concepts

Universal constructions

Extra stuff, structure, properties

Examples

Basic statements

Theorems

Analysis Theorems

topological homotopy theory

Representation theory

Contents

Idea

The concept of GG-CW complex is to that of CW-complexes as topological G-spaces are to topological spaces: for GG a compact topological group, the notion of GG-CW-complex is much like that of CW-complex, only that where in the latter case one builds a topological space from gluing of disks D nD^n (“cells”) for a GG-CW-complex one glues products of disks with GG-orbits G/HG/H (coset spaces) for compact subgroups HH.

These are cofibrant spaces used in GG-equivariant homotopy theory.

Examples

GG-Manifolds

The equivariant triangulation theorem says that if a compact Lie group GG acts on a compact smooth manifold XX, then the manifold admits an equivariant triangulation. In particular it thus has the structure of a G-CW complex.

(Illman 83, theorem 7.1, corollary 7.2) Recalled as (ALR 07, theorem 3.2). See also Waner 80, p. 6 who attributes this to Matumoto 71

Moreover, if the manifold does have a boundary, then its G-CW complex may be chosen such that the boundary is a G-subcomplex. (Illman 83, last sentence above theorem 7.1)

In particular:

Proposition

(G-representation spheres are G-CW-complexes)

For GG a compact Lie group (e.g. a finite group) and VRO(G)V \in RO(G) a finite-dimensional orthogonal GG-linear representation, the representation sphere S VS^V admits the structure of a G-CW-complex.

Properties

Equivariant cellular approximation

See at equivariant cellular approximation theorem.

Equivariant CW-approximation

See at G-CW approximation.

Equivariant Whitehead theorem

See at equivariant Whitehead theorem.

Elmendorf’s theorem

See at Elmendorf's theorem.

References

The notion of G-CW complexes is, for the case of finite groups GG, due to

announced in

In the broader generality of general topological groups and specifically of compact Lie groups, the nition of G-CW-complexes and their equivariant Whitehead theorem is due to:

  • Takao Matumoto, On GG-CW complexes and a theorem of JHC Whitehead, J. Fac. Sci. Univ. Tokyo Sect. IA 18, 363-374, 1971 (PDF)

  • Takao Matumoto, Equivariant K-theory and Fredholm operators, J. Fac. Sci. Tokyo 18 (1971/72), 109-112 (pdf, pdf)

(Which, in hindsight and with Elmendorf's theorem, gives a deeper justification for the parametrization over the orbit category already proposed in Bredon 67a, Bredon 67b.)

  • Stefan Waner, Equivariant Homotopy Theory and Milnor’s Theorem, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society Vol. 258, No. 2 (Apr., 1980), pp. 351-368 (JSTOR)

Proof that GG-ANRs have the equivariant homotopy type of G-CW-complexes (for GG a compact Lie group):

  • Slawomir Kwasik, On the Equivariant Homotopy Type of GG-ANR’s, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society Vol. 83, No. 1 (Sep., 1981), pp. 193-194 (2 pages) (jstor:2043921)

Textbook accounts:

Lecture notes:

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