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Rational Pairing Rank of a Map

Volume 19, Number 1 (2016), 1 - 11

Rational Pairing Rank of a Map

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Abstract

We define a rational homotopy invariant, the rational pairing rank $v_0(f)$ of a map $f:X\to Y$, which is a natural generalization of the rational pairing rank $v_0(X)$ of a space $X$ \cite{Y4}. It is upper-bounded by the rational LS-category $cat_0(f)$ and lower-bounded by an invariant $g_0(f)$ related to the rank of Gottlieb group. Also it has a good estimate for a fibration $X\overset{j}{\to} E\overset{p}{\to} Y$ such as $v_0(E)\leq v_0(j) +v_0(p)\leq v_0(X) +v_0(Y)$.