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• CommentTimeSep 10th 2018
• (edited Sep 10th 2018)

added the crucial pointer to

• Gunnar Carlsson, Equivariant Stable Homotopy and Segal’s Burnside Ring Conjecture, Annals of Mathematics Second Series, Vol. 120, No. 2 (Sep., 1984), pp. 189-224 (jstor:2006940, pdf)

and a bit more

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• CommentTimeSep 10th 2018

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• CommentTimeSep 10th 2018
• (edited Sep 10th 2018)

added the actual statement to the Idea section:

The statement known as Segal’s conjecture (due to Graeme Segal in the 1970s, then proven by Carlsson 84) characterizes the stable cohomotopy groups $\pi^\bullet_{st}(B G)$ of the classifying space $B G$ of a finite group $G$ as the formal completion $\widehat \pi^\bullet_S(B G)$ at the augmentation ideal (i.e. when regarded as a ring of functions: its restriction to the infinitesimal neighbourhood of the basepoint) of the ring $\pi^\bullet_{st,G}(\ast)$ of $G$-equivariant stable cohomotopy groups of the point, the latter also being isomorphic to the Burnside ring $A(G)$ of $G$:

$A(G) \simeq \pi^\bullet_{st,G}(\ast) \overset{ \text{completion} \atop \text{projection} }{\longrightarrow} \widehat \pi^\bullet_{st,G}(\ast) \simeq \pi^\bullet_{st}(B G) \,.$

This statement is the direct analogue of the Atiyah-Segal completion theorem, which makes the analogous statement for the generalized cohomology not being (equivariant) stable cohomotopy but (equivariant) complex K-theory (with the role of the Burnside ring then being the representation ring of $G$).

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