Algebraic and Geometric Topology 2 (2002), paper no. 28, pages 591-647.

Product and other fine structure in polynomial resolutions of mapping spaces

Stephen T. Ahearn, Nicholas J. Kuhn

Abstract. Let Map_T(K,X) denote the mapping space of continuous based functions between two based spaces K and X. If K is a fixed finite complex, Greg Arone has recently given an explicit model for the Goodwillie tower of the functor sending a space X to the suspension spectrum \Sigma ^\infty Map_T(K,X).
Applying a generalized homology theory h_* to this tower yields a spectral sequence, and this will converge strongly to h_*(Map_T(K,X)) under suitable conditions, e.g. if h_* is connective and X is at least dim K connected. Even when the convergence is more problematic, it appears the spectral sequence can still shed considerable light on h_*(Map_T(K,X)). Similar comments hold when a cohomology theory is applied.
In this paper we study how various important natural constructions on mapping spaces induce extra structure on the towers. This leads to useful interesting additional structure in the associated spectral sequences. For example, the diagonal on Map_T(K,X) induces a `diagonal' on the associated tower. After applying any cohomology theory with products h^*, the resulting spectral sequence is then a spectral sequence of differential graded algebras. The product on the E_\infty -term corresponds to the cup product in h^*(Map_T(K,X)) in the usual way, and the product on the E_1-term is described in terms of group theoretic transfers.
We use explicit equivariant S-duality maps to show that, when K is the sphere S^n, our constructions at the fiber level have descriptions in terms of the Boardman-Vogt little n-cubes spaces. We are then able to identify, in a computationally useful way, the Goodwillie tower of the functor from spectra to spectra sending a spectrum X to \Sigma ^\infty \Omega ^\infty X.

Keywords. Goodwillie towers, function spaces, spectral sequences

AMS subject classification. Primary: 55P35. Secondary: 55P42.

DOI: 10.2140/agt.2002.2.591

E-print: arXiv:math.AT/0109041

Submitted: 29 January 2002. Accepted: 25 June 2002. Published: 25 July 2002.

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Stephen T. Ahearn, Nicholas J. Kuhn
Department of Mathematics, Macalester College
St.Paul, MN 55105, USA
Department of Mathematics, University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22903, USA

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