String topology for Lie groups

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In 1999 Chas and Sullivan showed that the homology of the free loop space of an oriented manifold admits the structure of a Batalin–Vilkovisky algebra. In this paper we give a direct description of this Batalin–Vilkovisky algebra in the case where the manifold is a compact Lie group G. Our answer is phrased in terms of the homology of G, the homology of the space of based loops on G, and the homology suspension. The result is applied to compute the Batalin–Vilkovisky algebra associated to the special orthogonal groups SO(n) with coefficients in the rational numbers and in the integers mod 2.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-442
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Topology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010


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