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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 ...

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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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### triviality of vector bundles with the reduced homology of base space entirely torsion [migrated]

Let $\xi$ be an $n$-dimensional vector bundle over a manifold $M$ such that the reduced cohomology
$\tilde H^*(M;\mathbb{Z})$ is entirely torsion (every element has finite order under addition).
...

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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 ...

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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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### numerical methods to compute approximated Stiefel-Whitney class

Let $0<\epsilon<1$, $k\geq 4$ be an integer, $S^2$ be the unit sphere in $\mathbb{R}^3$, $d$ the Euclidean distance in $\mathbb{R}^3$ and
$$
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### cohomology ring of configuration spaces of the plane with the $k$-points not all lying in the $x$-axis

(I). For an integer $k\geq 3$ and a topological space $A$, let $S_k$ be the $k$-th symmetric group, $F(A,k)$ be the $k$-th ordered configuration space and $F(A,k)/S_k$ be the $k$-th unordered ...

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### characteristic classes of associated vector bundles of a covering map

For a specific Riemannian manifold $M$ (we can regard $M$ as the $m$-sphere $S^m$), there is a covering map from the ordered configuration space to the unordered configuration space
$$
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### Sitefel-Whitney class of bundles induced by a covering map

Let $S^m$ be the unit $m$-sphere. Let $P$ be a $m$-dimensional polyhedron with $k$-vertices, such that all the vertices of $P$ lie in $S^m$. The isometry group of $S^m$ is $Iso(S^m)=O(m+1)$. Let ...

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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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### positions of polyhedrons with vertices on the unit sphere

Let $S^2$ be the unit $2$-sphere canonically embedded in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let $P$ be a polyhedron whose all vertices are in $S^2$. Let $\text{Iso}(S^2)$ be the isometry group of $S^2$ and ...

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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
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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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
$$
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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?

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### Steenrod operations on cohomology of grassmannians

Let $G_k(\mathbb{R}^n)$, $n\geq k$ and $G_k(\mathbb{R}^\infty)$ be the finite-dimensional and infinite-dimensional grassmannians respectively. Their cohomology rings are expressed in terms of ...

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### Four-dimensional vector bundles over $S^4$, intuition?

I know that $\pi_3(SO(4)) = \mathbb{Z} \oplus \mathbb{Z}$. We can choose an explicit identification as follows: given $(i, j) \in \mathbb{Z}$, we have a map $\phi: S^3 \to SO(4)$ which sends a unit ...

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### Bundles over Grassmanian with given top Chern class

So, I have been working on Chern classes for my master thesis and apparently (My proofs could be wrong and a few things are still vague) I was able to give a construction method and exhibit, via ...

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### Intuition behind the Kodaira Vanishing Theorem?

As the question suggests, what is the intuition behind the Kodaira Vanishing Theorem? The Kodaira Vanishing Theorem says that the cohomology groups $H^q(M, L \otimes K_M)$ vanish for $q \ge 1$ when ...

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### Does there exist a smooth compact manifold whose boundary is $\mathbb{R}P^3$? [closed]

As the question suggests, does there exist a smooth compact manifold whose boundary is $\mathbb{R}P^3$?

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### Geometric interpretation of Chern classes over flag manifolds

I would like to find that Chern classes of the tautological bundles over a flag manifold are dual to some cells in homology, analogously to what happens for the Grassmanian case. I have not been able ...

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### Chern classes of three (two) dimensional complex vector bundles

Let $M$ be a manifold.
Let $F(M,3)=\{(m_1,m_2,m_3)\mid m_1, m_2, m_3\in M, m_i\neq m_j, \text{ for any } i\neq j\}$.
Let $S_3$ be the symmetric group of order $3$.
Let $S_3$ act on $F(M,3)$ by ...

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### rational cohomology of finite dimensional real grassmannian

Let $G_k(R^n)$, $n>k$, be the finite dimensional real grassmannian. What is the rational cohomology algebra $H^*(G_k(R^n);Q)$? I have searched out that $H^*(BO_k;Q)=Q[p_1,p_2,...,p_[k/2]]$ is the ...

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### Stiefel-Whitney class of complex projective spaces [closed]

Let $T\mathbb{C}P^m$ be the tangent bundle of complex projective space. What is the total Stiefel-Whitney class $w(T\mathbb{C}P^m)$?
Let $a_m$ be the maximal integer such that the $a_m$-th dual ...

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### rational cohomology of finite real grassmannian

Let $p_j$ to be the $j$-th Pontryagin class of the universal $n$-plane bundle $E_n(\mathbb{R}^\infty)\to G_n(\mathbb{R}^\infty)$. Then according to Theorem 1.6, The Cohomology of BSO n and BO n with ...

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### Wedge product of Endomorphism-Valued Forms

To define characteristic classes in smooth vector bundles $E\longrightarrow M$ there is a more or less standard procedure: to choose a connection $\nabla$ and to derive the curvature $\Omega$, which ...

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### $\mathbb{Z}_{2}$ -equivariant vector bundles over manifold of rank-$k$ matrices

Edit: I remove the trivial part of the first version, according to comment of Alex Degtyarev
Let $M$ be the manifold of all matrices in $M_{n}(\mathbb{R})$ with fixed rank $0<k<n$. There is ...

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### Is there a formula for the total Chern Class of the tangent space of a projectivized vector bundle?

Let $V\rightarrow M$ be a complex vector bundle (of rank $k$) over a complex manifold $M$ (you can assume $M$ is compact if that helps, but it may not be relevant to my question). Let $\pi:\mathbb{P}V ...

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### Discrete group action on Stiefel manifold

Let $S_3$ be the symmetric group of degree $3$. Let $V_2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ be the stiefel manifold of $2$-frames in $\mathbb{R}^n$. Let $S_3$ act on $V_2(\mathbb{R}^n)$ by
$$
(1,2)(u,v)=(-u,v-u),
$$
$$
...

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### Pontryagin class of quaternionic line bundle

Let $\xi^{\mathbb{C}}$ be a complex line bundle over a CW complex $B$. Then
$$
VB_{\mathbb{C}^1}(B)\cong [B,BU(1)]=[B,\mathbb{C}P^\infty]=[B,K(\mathbb{Z},2)]\cong H^2(B;\mathbb{Z}).
$$
Hence if ...

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### obstructions of Chern class and Pontryagin class

Let $\xi$ be a real $n$ dimensional vector bundle over a CW-complex $B$. Then the Stiefel-Whitney class (coefficient in $Z/2$)
$$
w_i(\xi)=0$$
if and only if $\xi|_{sk^i(B)}$ has $n-i+1$ linearly ...

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### integral or rational cohomology of real grassmannians

I have obtained that the cohomology rings
$$
H^*(G_k(\mathbb{R}^\infty);\mathbb{Z}_2)=\mathbb{Z}_2[w_1,\cdots,w_k].
$$
Also
$$
H^*(G_k(\mathbb{R}^m);\mathbb{Z}_2)=\mathbb{Z}_2[w_1,\cdots,w_k]/(\bar ...

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### Unifying Geometry for Characteristic Classes

When working with characteristic classes (more concretely Chern classes), one finds at least four essentially distinct approaches:
Axiomatic Approach. See, for instance, Vector Bundles and K-Theory, ...

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### Is the space of real conics with a singular point an orientable manifold?

Consider the space of non zero real homogeneous degree $2$ polynomials in three variables upto scaling. This space is $\mathbb{R} \mathbb{P}^5$. The zero set
of such a polynomial gives a real curve ...

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### Is true that $\left[\frac{\hat{A}(\mathbb HP^m)} { \hat{M}(\mathbb HP^m) }\right]_{4m} = 0$?

There are two questions:
How to prove that in general
$[\hat{A}(\mathbb HP^m)]_{4m} = 0$
It is possible to verify it for low values of $m$.
How to prove that in general
...

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### An integrality theorem for immersions of complex projective spaces in the euclidean space

There are three questions:
Please let me know your proof of the following theorem:
If $CP^3$ can be immersed in $R^8$ with an Euler class $W_{2}(\nu)$ for the normal bundle of $CP^3$ respect to ...

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### Is there any relationship between the Euler class and the Vandermonde determinant?

Several Wikipedia articles claim that the relationship between the Euler class $e(V)$ and the top Pontryagin class $p_k(V)$ of an oriented $2k$-dimensional real vector bundle $V$ corresponds, via the ...

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### Computing the Chern class of $S^6$ [closed]

I am trying to calculate the Chern class of the tangent bundle of the sphere $S^6$. I am told that this is an interesting case, since $S^6$ is not a complex manifold, but it has an almost complex ...

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### Euler Class of a vector field [closed]

Let M be a closed 3-manifold and let X be a vector field on M. In which conditions might we define a Euler class associated to X? For example, is it possible to define for a rotational Beltrami ...

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### Obstructions to the existence of stable (and unstable?) complex structures?

Let $V$ be a real vector bundle on a space $X$, perhaps the tangent bundle of a smooth compact manifold. I'm interested in understanding the obstructions to $V$ admitting a stable complex structure, ...

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### Pontryagin number for 4-dim surface bundle

In paper arXiv:math/0701247
"Divisibility of the stable Miller-Morita-Mumford classes" by Soren Galatius, Ib Madsen, Ulrike Tillmann, it was shown
that the Pontryagin numbers for a 4-dim surface ...