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On the product in negative Tate cohomology for finite groups

Haggai Tene

Algebraic & Geometric Topology 12 (2012) 493–509
Abstract

Our aim in this paper is to give a geometric description of the cup product in negative degrees of Tate cohomology of a finite group with integral coefficients. By duality it corresponds to a product in the integral homology of BG:

Hn(BG, ) Hm(BG, ) Hn+m+1(BG, )

for n,m > 0. We describe this product as join of cycles, which explains the shift in dimensions. Our motivation came from the product defined by Kreck using stratifold homology. We then prove that for finite groups the cup product in negative Tate cohomology and the Kreck product coincide. The Kreck product also applies to the case where G is a compact Lie group (with an additional dimension shift).

Keywords
Tate cohomology, homology of classifying spaces, compact Lie group, product in homology, stratifold
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 20J06, 55R40
References
Publication
Received: 3 April 2011
Revised: 24 November 2011
Accepted: 30 November 2011
Published: 21 March 2012
Authors
Haggai Tene
Department of Mathematics and PMI
POSTECH
Pohang 790-784
South Korea
http://math.postech.ac.kr/~teneh