Hopf invariants, topological complexity, and LS-category of the cofiber of the diagonal map for two-cell complexes

29 Jul 2016  ·  González Jesús, Grant Mark, Vandembroucq Lucile ·

Let $X$ be a two-cell complex with attaching map $\alpha\colon S^q\to S^p$, and let $C_X$ be the cofiber of the diagonal inclusion $X\to X\times X$. It is shown that the topological complexity (${\rm TC}$) of $X$ agrees with the Lusternik-Schnirelmann category (${\rm cat}$) of $C_X$ in the (almost stable) range $q\leq2p-1$... In addition, the equality ${\rm TC}(X)={\rm cat}(C_X)$ is proved in the (strict) metastable range $2p-1<q\leq3(p-1)$ under fairly mild conditions by making use of the Hopf invariant techniques recently developed by the authors in their study of the sectional category of arbitrary maps. read more

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