Title: Moduli space of filtered lambda-ring structures over a filtered ring
Author: Donald Yau
MSC: 16W70, 13K05, 13F25
Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1409 W. Green Street
Urbana, IL 61801
dyau@math.uiuc.edu
Motivated by recent works on the genus of classifying spaces of compact Lie groups, here we study the set of filtered $\lambda$-ring structures over a filtered ring from a purely algebraic point of view. From a global perspective, we first show that this set has a canonical topology compatible with the filtration on the given filtered ring. For power series rings $R \llbrack x \rrbrack$, where $R$ is between $\bZ$ and $\bQ$, with the $x$-adic filtration, we mimic the construction of the Lazard ring in formal group theory and show that the set of filtered $\lambda$-ring structures over $R \llbrack x \rrbrack$ is canonically isomorphic to the set of ring maps from some ``universal'' ring $U$ to $R$. From a local perspective, we demonstrate the existence of uncountably many mutually non-isomorphic filtered $\lambda$-ring structures over some filtered rings, including rings of dual numbers over binomial domains, (truncated) polynomial and powers series rings over torsionfree $\bQ$-algebras.