Algebraic and Geometric Topology 5 (2005), paper no. 27, pages 653-690.

Differentials in the homological homotopy fixed point spectral sequence

Robert R. Bruner, John Rognes

Abstract. We analyze in homological terms the homotopy fixed point spectrum of a T-equivariant commutative S-algebra R. There is a homological homotopy fixed point spectral sequence with E^2_{s,t} = H^{-s}_{gp}(T; H_t(R; F_p)), converging conditionally to the continuous homology H^c_{s+t}(R^{hT}; F_p) of the homotopy fixed point spectrum. We show that there are Dyer-Lashof operations beta^epsilon Q^i acting on this algebra spectral sequence, and that its differentials are completely determined by those originating on the vertical axis. More surprisingly, we show that for each class x in the E^{2r}-term of the spectral sequence there are 2r other classes in the E^{2r}-term (obtained mostly by Dyer-Lashof operations on x) that are infinite cycles, i.e., survive to the E^infty-term. We apply this to completely determine the differentials in the homological homotopy fixed point spectral sequences for the topological Hochschild homology spectra R = THH(B) of many S-algebras, including B = MU, BP, ku, ko and tmf. Similar results apply for all finite subgroups C of T, and for the Tate- and homotopy orbit spectral sequences. This work is part of a homological approach to calculating topological cyclic homology and algebraic K-theory of commutative S-algebras.

Keywords. Homotopy fixed points, Tate spectrum, homotopy orbits, commutative S-algebra, Dyer-Lashof operations, differentials, topological Hochschild homology, topological cyclic homology, algebraic K-theory

AMS subject classification. Primary: 19D55, 55S12, 55T05 . Secondary: 55P43, 55P91 .

E-print: arXiv:math.AT/0406081

DOI: 10.2140/agt.2005.5.653

Submitted: 2 June 2004. (Revised: 3 June 2005.) Accepted: 21 June 2005. Published: 5 July 2005.

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Robert R. Bruner, John Rognes
Department of Mathematics, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, USA
Department of Mathematics, University of Oslo, NO-0316 Oslo, Norway


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