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Farrell cohomology of low genus pure mapping class groups with punctures

Qin Lu

Algebraic & Geometric Topology 2 (2002) 537–562

arXiv: math.AT/0207174


In this paper, we calculate the p–torsion of the Farrell cohomology for low genus pure mapping class groups with punctures, where p is an odd prime. Here, ‘low genus’ means g = 1,2,3; and ‘pure mapping class groups with punctures’ means the mapping class groups with any number of punctures, where the punctures are not allowed to be permuted. These calculations use our previous results about the periodicity of pure mapping class groups with punctures, as well as other cohomological tools. The low genus cases are interesting because we know that the high genus cases can be reduced to the low genus ones. Also, the cohomological properties of the mapping class groups without punctures are closely related to our cases.

Farrell cohomology, pure mapping class group with punctures, fixed point data, periodicity
Mathematical Subject Classification 2000
Primary: 55N35, 55N20
Secondary: 57T99, 57R50
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Received: 3 October 2001
Revised: 29 April 2002
Accepted: 26 June 2002
Published: 19 July 2002
Qin Lu
Department of Mathematics
Lafayette College
Easton, PA 18042