Fix a prime p. A mod-p homotopy group extension of a group pi by a group G is a fibration with base space A Bpi(p)(<^>) and fibre BG(p)(<^>). In this paper we study homotopy group extensions for finite groups. We observe that there is a strong analogy between homotopy group extensions and ordinary group extensions. The study involves investigating the space of self-homotopy equivalences of a p-completed classifying space. In particular, we show that under the appropriate assumption on G, the identity component of this space is homotopy equivalent to BZ(G), the classifying space of the centre of G. We proceed by studying the group of components. We show that this group maps into a group of natural equivalences of a certain functor with kernel and cokernel, which are computable in terms of the first and second derived functors of the inverse limit for a certain diagram of abelian groups. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Number of pages||26|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 2002|
- classifying spaces
- self equivalences
- finite groups