Abstract:
Let A be an Ax ring spectrum. We give an explicit construction of topological Hochschild homology and cohomology of A using the Stasheff associahedra and another family of polyhedra called cyclohedra. Using this construction we can then study how THH(A) varies over the moduli space of AO structures on A, a problem which seems largely intractable using strictly associative replacements of A. We study how topological Hochschild cohomology of any 2-periodic Morava K-theory varies over the moduli space of AO structures and show that in the generic case, when a certain matrix describing the multiplication is invertible, the result is the corresponding Morava E-theory. If this matrix is not invertible, the result is some extension of Morava E-theory, and exactly which extension we get depends on the AO structure. To make sense of our constructions, we first set up a general framework for enriching a subcategory of the category of noncommutative sets over a category C using products of the objects of a non-E operad P in C. By viewing the simplicial category as a subcategory of the category of noncommutative sets in two different ways, we obtain two generalizations of simplicial objects.(cont.) For the operad given by the Stasheff associahedra we obtain a model for the 2-sided bar construction in the first case and the cyclic bar and cobar construction in the second case. Using either the associahedra or the cyclohedra in place of the geometric simplices we can define the geometric realization of these objects.

Description:
Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Mathematics, 2006.; Includes bibliographical references (p. 87-91).