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Equivariant homotopy theory for pro–spectra

Halvard Fausk

Geometry & Topology 12 (2008) 103–176

We extend the theory of equivariant orthogonal spectra from finite groups to profinite groups, and more generally from compact Lie groups to compact Hausdorff groups. The G–homotopy theory is “pieced together” from the GU–homotopy theories for suitable quotient groups GU of G; a motivation is the way continuous group cohomology of a profinite group is built out of the cohomology of its finite quotient groups. In the model category of equivariant spectra Postnikov towers are studied from a general perspective. We introduce pro–G–spectra and construct various model structures on them. A key property of the model structures is that pro–spectra are weakly equivalent to their Postnikov towers. We discuss two versions of a model structure with “underlying weak equivalences”. One of the versions only makes sense for pro–spectra. In the end we use the theory to study homotopy fixed points of pro–G–spectra.

equivariant homotopy, pro-spectra, profinite groups
Mathematical Subject Classification 2000
Primary: 55P91
Secondary: 18G55
Received: 20 December 2006
Revised: 16 April 2007
Accepted: 23 July 2007
Published: 8 February 2008
Proposed: Haynes Miller
Seconded: Tom Goodwillie, Paul Goerss
Halvard Fausk
Department of Mathematics
University of Oslo
1053 Blindern, 0316 Oslo