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The universal Thom spectrum (see there for more) of the orthogonal group. (…) Abstractly, this is the homotopy colimit of the J-homomorphism in Spectra:

MO=lim(BOJBGL 1(𝕊)Spectra) MO = \underset{\rightarrow}{\lim}(B O \stackrel{J}{\to} B GL_1(\mathbb{S}) \to Spectra)


Thom’s theorem on MOM O

By Thom's theorem the stable homotopy groups of MOM O form the bordism ring of unoriented manifolds

π (MO)Ω O. \pi_\bullet(M O) \simeq \Omega^O_\bullet \,.

Moreover, this is the polynomial algebra

π (MO)(/2)[x n|n,n2,n2 t1]. \pi_\bullet(M O) \simeq (\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z})[ x_n \;|\; n \in \mathbb{N}, \,n \geq 2, \, n \neq 2^t-1] \,.

Due to (Thom 54). See for instance (Kochman 96, theorem 3.7.6)

The corresponding statement for MU is considerably more subtle, see Milnor-Quillen theorem on MU.

flavors of bordism homology theories/cobordism cohomology theories, their representing Thom spectra and cobordism rings:

bordism theory\;M(B,f) (B-bordism):

relative bordism theories:

equivariant bordism theory:

global equivariant bordism theory:



  • René Thom, Quelques propriétés globales des variétés différentiables Comment. Math. Helv. 28, (1954). 17-86

  • Sergei Novikov, Homotopy properties of Thom complexes, Mat. Sbornik 57 (1962), no. 4, 407–442, 407–442 (pdf, pdf)

Textbook accounts:


Discussion of MO-bordism with MSO-boundaries:

  • G. E. Mitchell, Bordism of Manifolds with Oriented Boundaries, Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society Vol. 47, No. 1 (Jan., 1975), pp. 208-214 (doi:10.2307/2040234)

In the incarnation of MOMO as a symmetric spectrum:

In the incarnation as an orthogonal spectrum (in fact as an equivariant spectrum in global equivariant stable homotopy theory):

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