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Existence of flat connections via characteristic classes, for nice groups

I have two questions about what I write below (which honestly seems pretty elementary). Is it true (more or less)? Is there a clean reference that I can cite. Let $G$ be a compact Lie group, $M$ a ...
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Measuring the failure of pushforward to commute with Steenrod squares

Let $f \colon X \rightarrow Y$ be a map of topological spaces. Let's say that they are (closed) manifolds (not necessarily orientable), though to be honest I'm really interested in the more general ...
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Vector bundles with exactly one nonzero SW-class

I am interested in seeing examples of a space $X$ (preferably a closed smooth manifold, but any finite-dimensional CW-complex would also be of interest) with a vector bundle $\xi\colon E \to X$ on it, ...
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Local proof of Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem

There is a theorem by Feigin and Tsygan(Theorem 1.3.3 here) which they call "Riemann-Roch" theorem. Given a smooth morphism $f:S\to N$ of relative dimension $n$ and a vector bundle $E/S$ of rank $k$ ...
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Nice things that can be proved easily with characteristic classes

A bit of context for this question: as a project for my master's degree my supervisor asked me to understand the construction of Milnor's exotic spheres. After learning the heavy material (I knew very ...
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Is there a matrix representation of the permutation group whose character is the Markov trace?

Let $g$ be an element in the permutation group (symmetric group) $S_N$. Define the Markov trace of $g$ (denoted $\text{tr}_k g$) as $$\text{tr}_kg = k^\text{number of cycles in $g$} ,$$ which depends ...
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Equivariant and orbifold Chern classes

Edit. After thinking about this problem a bit longer, I am not so sure anymore that the Bredon cohomology proposed by Adem and Ruan gives me the invariants I am looking for. I have therefore moved ...
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Differential geometric interpretation of cohomology

I'm not sure whether this is an appropriate question for this forum. I'm afraid that this is not a research level question however: 1. It's about reference request therefore the answer does not ...
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Source request for $H^*(B\mathrm{TOP},\mathbb{Q}) \cong H^*(BO,\mathbb{Q})$

Let $B\mathrm{TOP}$ denote the classifying space for microbundles, i.e. $B\operatorname{Homeo}(\mathbb{R}^n,0)$. Now we get a map from $BO$ to $B\mathrm{TOP}$ via the inclusion. Let $f$ denote the ...
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Characteristic classes for odd $K$-theory

There are different models of odd $K$-theory. In one case, one takes the group $U=\lim\limits_{\longrightarrow}U(n)$ as classifying space. Similarly, if $\mathcal U$ denotes the unitary group of a ...
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non-triviality of the underlying real vector bundle of the complexification of a real vector bundle

Let $M$ be a given manifold and $\xi$ be a given $k$-dimensional vector bundle over $M$. How to determine whether the underlying real vector bundle of $\xi\otimes\mathbb{C}$, i.e. the Whitney sum $\xi\...
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Smooth closed simply-connected $4$-manifold with $w_1 = w_2 = 0$ without a point admits symplectic structure?

See my previous question here. Let $M$ be a smooth closed simply-connected $4$-manifold with $w_1 = w_2 = 0$. Can $TM$ be trivialized in the complement of a point? This was answered in the ...
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Tangent bundle of smooth closed simply-connected $4$-manifold $w_1 = w_2 = 0$ can be trivialized in complement of point?

Let $M$ be a smooth closed simply-connected $4$-manifold with $w_1 = w_2 = 0$. Can $TM$ be trivialized in the complement of a point?
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Primary obstruction to the existence of a cross-section of $V_{n - q}(\omega)$ is a cohomology class in $H^{2q+2}(B, \pi_{2q+1} V_{n - q}(F))$?

Let $V_{n - q}(\mathbb{C}^n)$ denote the complex Stiefel manifold consisting of all complex $(n - q)$-frames in $\mathbb{C}^n$, where $0 \le q < n$. This manifold is $2q$-connected, and$$\pi_{2q + ...
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Do vanishing characteristic classes of the tangent bundle imply a manifold is stably frameable?

Suppose we know that all stable characteristic classes of the tangent bundle of a manifold $M$ vanish, i.e. the map $f:M\rightarrow BO$ stably classifying the tangent bundle is trivial on cohomology, ...
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functor from complex algebraic variety to constructible function

I asked the same question on mathstackexchange but didn't get any response so I guess I should ask here. If you think it is a duplicate and it is not appropriate to post it here, I will delete this ...
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What is the “real” meaning of the $\hat A$ class (or the Todd class)?

In the Atiyah-Singer index theorem as well as in the Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem, one encounters either the $\hat A$-class or the Todd class, depending on the context. I want to focus on the ...
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Differential characters, Chern-Simons forms, and differential cohomology

I've read through the classic Chern-Simons paper where they introduce the Chern-Simons forms. These are differential forms whose exterior derivative gives you the characteristic forms for any given ...
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Milnor-Stasheff Characteristic Classes Problem 7B, Borel 1953

There is the following Proposition 11.1 from Borel's 1953 paper La cohomologie mod 2 de certains espaces homogènes (see here). Proposition 11.1 The classes $w^i$ and $\overline{w}^j$ are related ...
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Intuition/idea behind a proof of the splitting principle?

The splitting principle is as follows. Given a vector bundle $E \to X$ with $X$ compact Hausdorff, there is a compact Hausdorff space $F(E)$ and a map $p: F(E) \to X$ such that the induced map $p^*...
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Does anyone know if there is a generalization of symplectic Kodaira dimension beyond 4-manifolds?

I'm aware that in algebraic geometry, one has the Kodaira-Iitaka dimension, which generalizes the Kodaira dimension, but does anyone know if a correspondent generalization in the symplectic category ...
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Cohomology algebra generated by $n$ Steifel whitney classes and and $k$ dual classes subject only to $n+k$ defining relations? [closed]

Is the cohomology algebra $H^*(G_n(\mathbb{R}^{n+k}))$ over $\mathbb{Z}/2$ generated by the Steifel-Whitney classes $w_1, \dots, w_n$ of $\gamma^n$ and the dual classes $\overline{w}_1, \dots, \...
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Stiefel-Whitney classes of closed topological manifolds with no smooth structure

If $M$ is a smooth manifold, the total Stiefel-Whitney class of $M$ is defined to by the total Stiefel-Whitney class of the tangent bundle, i.e. $w(M) := w(TM)$. If $M$ is a closed smooth manifold, ...
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A dictionary of Characteristic classes and obstructions

I apologize in advance as this is not a research level question but rather one which could benefit from expert attention but is potentially useful mainly to novice mathematicians. In an effort to ...
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Triviality of certain vector bundles

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and let $SM$ be the bundle of symmetric bi-linear forms on $TM.$ Riemannian metrics are a particular kind of sections in this bundle. Since any manifold admits a global ...
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Stiefel-Whitney classes of tensor product $\xi^m \otimes \eta^n$, computation

Let $\xi^m$ and $\eta^n$ be vector bundles over a paracompact base space. Where can I find a reference to the Stiefel-Whitney classes of the tensor product $\xi^m \otimes \eta^n$ being computed as ...
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Vector bundles, finitely generated projective module?

Let $B$ be a Tychonoff space and let $\mathbb{R}(B)$ denote the ring of continuous real valued functions on $B$. For any vector bundle $\xi$ over $B$, let $S(\xi)$ denote the $\mathbb{R}(B)$-module ...
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Vector bundle $\gamma^1$ over $\textbf{P}^\infty$ does not have finite type? [closed]

Using Stiefel-Whitney classes, how do I see that the vector bundle $\gamma^1$ over $\textbf{P}^\infty$ does not have finite type?
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Relative Characteristic classes

A pair of vector bundles over a base space $X$ is a pair $(E,F)$ where $E$ is a vector bundle over $X$ and $F$ is a sub-bundle of $E$. Two pairs $(E_{1},F_{1})$ and $(E_{2}, F_{2})$ are ...
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$n + 1 = 2^rm$ with $m$ odd $\implies$ do not exist $2^r$ vector fields on $\mathbb{P}^n$ that are everywhere linearly independent?

What is the easiest/quickest way to see the following? If $n + 1 = 2^rm$ with $m$ odd, then there do not exist $2^r$ vector fields on the projective space $\mathbb{P}^n$ which are everywhere ...
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Immersing spaces in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$, Stiefel-Whitney classes

Where can I find references to proofs/can anyone supply me a quick proof of the following facts? If the $n$-dimensional manifold $M$ can be immersed in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$, then each $w_i(M)$ is ...
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Isometry theorem, exists homeomorphism that carries each fiber isomorphically onto itself

Let $\mu$ and $\mu'$ be two different Euclidean metrics on the same vector bundle $\xi$. How do I see there exists a homeomorphism $f: E(\xi) \to E(\xi)$ which carries each fiber isomorphically onto ...
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covering map from spheres to projective spaces and the associated vector bundle

Let $S^n$ be the $n$-sphere and consider a $2$-sheeted covering $$ S^n\longrightarrow\mathbb{R}P^n. $$ We have an associated vector bundle $$ \xi: \mathbb{R}^2\longrightarrow S^n\times_{\mathbb{Z}/2}\...
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Cohomological obstructions to lift $\pi_0$ of a topological group

Let $G$ be a topological group. Denote the same group with the discrete topology by $G^\delta$ and denote the group of connected components of $G$ by $\pi_0G$. I am interested in the question when we ...
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Chern character of finite $CW$-complexes and rational Pontrjagin class of vector bundles

Let $K$ be a finite $CW$-complex. Could you give any references or explanations for the following two items? I do not understand. Thanks! (1). The Chern character from $\tilde{KO}^0(K)$ to the ...
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Which map realizes the isomorphism $KO_n(X)\otimes \mathbb{Q}\to \bigoplus_{i\in\mathbb{Z}}H_{n-4i}(X;\mathbb{Q})$?

The description of the real $KO$-homology groups $KO_n(X)$ can be given abstractly as maps to the real K-theory spectrum $KO$ smash $X$, or via triples $(M,x,\phi)$ where $M$ is a closed manifold, $\...
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Whitney sum formula for Pontryagin classes II

I have read in several places that the total Pontryagin classes of real vector bundles satisfy a Whitney sum formula $p(E\oplus F) = p(E)\cdot p(F)$ modulo 2-torsion. I would like to understand the 2-...
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Whitney sum formula for Pontryagin classes I

I have read in several places that the total Pontryagin classes of real vector bundles satisfy a Whitney sum formula $p(E\oplus F) = p(E)\cdot p(F)$ modulo 2-torsion. I would like to understand this ...
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references for Stiefel-Whitney class of Stiefel manifolds and Grassmannians

Let $M$ be a manifold. The total Stiefel-Whitney class of $M$ is defined to be the Stiefel-Whitney class of the tangent bundle $TM$ $$ w(M)=1+w_1(TM)+w_2(TM)+\cdots $$ I want to find references for $$ ...
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triviality of Whitney sums of a vector bundle

Let a $3$-dimensional subspace $V$ of $\mathbb{R}^4$ be $$V=\{(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4)\in\mathbb{R}^4\mid\sum_{i=1}^4x_i=0\}.$$ The alternating group $A_4$ acts on $V$ by $$\sigma(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4)=(x_{\...
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vector bundles associated to a covering space

Let $M$ be a $m$-dimensional manifold whose cohomology ring and cell structure are well-understood, such that there is a free action of the symmetric group $S_n$ on $M$. Then we have a $n!$-sheeted ...
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characteristic classes of a covering space with symmetric group action

Let $S_n$ be the $n$-th symmetric group. Suppose we have a $n!$-sheeted covering space $$ S_n\to M\to M/S_n $$ where $M$ is a manifold. Let $\mathbb{K}$ be the real numbers $\mathbb{R}$, complex ...
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first Chern class of complex vector bundles and first Pontrjagin class of quaternionic vector bundles

Let $\xi$ be a (real) vector bundle of dimension $n$. Then the first Stiefel-Whitney class $$ w_1(\xi)=0 $$ if and only if $\xi$ is orientable, i.e. the structure group of $\xi$ can be reduced to $SO(...
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Stiefel-Whitney class of fibre bundles

Let $F,E,B$ be manifolds (we may assume them to be compact, without boundary if necessary) and $$F\to E\to B$$ be a fibre bundle. Suppose $$w(F), w(B),$$ the Stiefel-Whitney class of $F$ and $B$, are ...
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canonical action of symmetric groups on orthogonal groups

There is a canonical faithful orthogonal representation of the symmetric group $S_{n+1}$, for $n\geq 1$: $$ S_{n+1}\to O(n) $$ given as follows. (1). I regard $O(n)$ as the isometry group of the unit ...
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Examples of Stiefel-Whitney classes of manifolds

Let $M$ by an compact, connected $n$-dimensional manifold without boundary. Are there any other computable examples of the Stiefel-Whitney class $w(M)$ except for $M=S^m, \mathbb{R}P^m,\mathbb{C}P^m, ...
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Stiefel-Whitney class of unordered configuration space

Let $S^m$ be the $m$-sphere and $$F(S^m,2)/\mathbb{Z}_2=\{(a,b)\mid a,b\in S^m, a\neq b\}/(a,b)\sim (b,a)$$ be the $2$-nd unordered configuration space on $S^m$. How to compute the total Stiefel-...
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characteristic classes of tangent bundle of 2-nd unordered configuration space

Given a (real or almost complex) manifold $M$, Let the 2-nd unordered configuration space be the quotient space $$ B(M,2)=(M\times M\setminus\ \Delta)/\ \mathbb{Z}_2 $$ where $$ \Delta=\{(m,m)\mid m\...
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characteristic classes of homotopy equivalent manifolds

Let $M,N$ be two manifolds of different dimensions. Suppose $M\simeq N$, i.e. $M$ is homotopy equivalent to $N$. Do the Stiefel-Whitney classes of the tangent bundles of $M$ and $N$ equal $$ w(TM)=w(...
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Schubert calculus and Pieri's formula

In the lecture notes Grassmannians: the first example of a moduli space. MIT Open Course Ware. page 7: Are there any formal publications (books/papers) where I can find the formula?