Brown–Peterson cohomology

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In mathematics, Brown–Peterson cohomology is a generalized cohomology theory introduced by Edgar H. Brown and Franklin P. Peterson (1966), depending on a choice of prime p. It is described in detail by Douglas Ravenel (2003, Chapter 4). Its representing spectrum is denoted by BP.

Complex cobordism and Quillen's idempotent[edit]

Brown–Peterson cohomology BP is a summand of MU(p), which is complex cobordism MU localized at a prime p. In fact MU(p) is a wedge product of suspensions of BP.

For each prime p, Daniel Quillen showed there is a unique idempotent map of ring spectra ε from MUQ(p) to itself, with the property that ε([CPn]) is [CPn] if n+1 is a power of p, and 0 otherwise. The spectrum BP is the image of this idempotent ε.

Structure of BP[edit]

The coefficient ring is a polynomial algebra over on generators in degrees for .

is isomorphic to the polynomial ring over with generators in of degrees .

The cohomology of the Hopf algebroid is the initial term of the Adams–Novikov spectral sequence for calculating p-local homotopy groups of spheres.

BP is the universal example of a complex oriented cohomology theory whose associated formal group law is p-typical.

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