# nLab Eilenberg-Mac Lane spectrum

cohomology

### Theorems

#### Stable Homotopy theory

stable homotopy theory

# Contents

## Idea

For $A$ an abelian group, the Eilenberg-Mac Lane spectrum $H A$ is the spectrum that represents the ordinary cohomology theory/ordinary homology with coefficients in $A$.

By default $A$ is taken to be the integers and hence “the Eilenberg-MacLane spectrum” is $H \mathbb{Z}$, representing integral cohomology.

## Properties

### As a symmetric monoidal $\infty$-groupoid.

As a symmetric monoidal ∞-groupoid the Eilenberg–Mac Lane spectrum is the abelian group of integers (under addition)

$E_{EM} := \mathbb{Z} \,.$

Here the set $\mathbb{Z}$ is regarded as a discrete groupoid (one object per integer, no nontrivial morphisms) whose symmetric monoidal structure is that given by the additive group structure on the integers.

Accordingly, the infinite tower of suspensions induced by this is the sequence of ∞-groupoids

$\mathbb{Z}, \mathbf{B} \mathbb{Z}, \mathbf{B}^2 \mathbb{Z}, \mathbf{B}^3 \mathbb{Z}, \cdots$

that in this case happen to be strict omega-groupoids. The strict omega-groupoid $\mathbf{B}^n \mathbb{Z}$ has only identity $k$-morphisms for all $k$, except for $k = n$, where $\mathrm{Mor}_n(\mathbf{B}^n \mathbb{Z}) = \mathbb{Z}$ are the endomorphisms of the unique identity $(n-1)$-morphism.

The strict ∞-groupoid $\mathbf{B}^n \mathbb{Z}$ is the one given under the Dold-Kan correspondence by the crossed complex of groupoids that is trivial everywhere and has the group $\mathbb{Z}$ in degree $n$.

\begin{aligned} [\mathbf{B}^n \mathbb{Z}] &= ( \cdots \to [\mathbf{B}^n\mathbb{Z}]_{n+1} \to [\mathbf{B}^n\mathbb{Z}]_{n} \to [\mathbf{B}^n\mathbb{Z}]_{n-1} \cdots \to [\mathbf{B}^n\mathbb{Z}]_{1} \stackrel{\to}{\to} [\mathbf{B}^n\mathbb{Z}]_{0}) \\ &= ( \cdots \to {*} \to \mathbb{Z} \to {*} \cdots \to {*} \stackrel{\to}{\to} {*}) \end{aligned} \,.

Under the Quillen equivalence

$|-| : \infty Grpds \to Top$

between infinity-groupoids and topological spaces (see homotopy hypothesis) this sequence of suspensions of $\mathbb{Z}$ maps to the sequence of Eilenberg–Mac Lane spaces

$|\mathbf{B}^n \mathbb{Z}| \simeq K(\mathbb{Z}, n)$

that give the Eilenberg–Mac Lane spectrum

$(E_n) := (K(\mathbb{Z},n))$

its name.

### Chromatic filtration

chromatic homotopy theory

chromatic levelcomplex oriented cohomology theoryE-∞ ring/A-∞ ringreal oriented cohomology theory
0ordinary cohomologyEilenberg-MacLane spectrum $H \mathbb{Z}$HZR-theory
0th Morava K-theory$K(0)$
1complex K-theorycomplex K-theory spectrum $KU$KR-theory
first Morava K-theory$K(1)$
first Morava E-theory$E(1)$
2elliptic cohomology$Ell_E$
second Morava K-theory$K(2)$
second Morava E-theory$E(2)$
algebraic K-theory of KU$K(KU)$
$n$$n$th Morava K-theory$K(n)$
$n$th Morava E-theory$E(n)$BPR-theory
$n+1$algebraic K-theory applied to chrom. level $n$$K(E_n)$ (red-shift conjecture)
$\infty$complex cobordism cohomologyMUMR-theory

Revised on November 17, 2013 01:15:55 by Urs Schreiber (82.113.98.128)