Pontryagin cohomology operation

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In mathematics, a Pontryagin cohomology operation is a cohomology operation taking cohomology classes in H2n(X,Z/prZ) to H2pn(X,Z/pr+1Z) for some prime number p. When p=2 these operations were introduced by Pontryagin (1942) and were named Pontrjagin squares by Whitehead (1949) (with the term "Pontryagin square" also being used). They were generalized to arbitrary primes by Thomas (1956).

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  • Thomas, Emery (1956), "A generalization of the Pontrjagin square cohomology operation", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 42 (5): 266–269, doi:10.1073/pnas.42.5.266, ISSN 0027-8424, JSTOR 89856, MR 0079254, PMC 528270, PMID 16589865
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