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How to flow submanifolds?

Motivation We want a consistent way of perturbing a submanifold away from itself. For $0$-dimensional submanifolds, this is the same data as a nowhere-vanishing vector field: we may flow the points ...
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A generalized Thom Isomorphism

The ordinary Thom isomorphism says $H^{*+n}(E,E_{0}) \simeq H^{*}(X)$, where $E$ is a vector bundle over $X$ and $E_{0}$ is $E$ minus the zero section. Now assume that $S$ is a non vanishing section ...
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Canonical n plane bundle over Lagrangian Grassmanian

Recall that the Lagrangian Grassmanian, which is denoted by $\Lambda(n)$, is the subset of the standard Grassmanian $G(n,2n)$, which consists lagrangian sub vector spaces of $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$. Lets ...
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Adams' theorems on the Hopf-Whitehead J-homomorphism

The J-homomorphism is a well-known and classical map $\pi_n (O(k)) \to \pi_{n+k} (S^k)$, or after stabilizing with respect to $k$, a map $J_n:\pi_n (O) \to \pi_{n}^{st}$, from the stable homotopy of ...
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Stiefel-Whitney classes of virtual vector bundles

Let $E=\xi-\eta$ be a virtual vector bundle over a compact base $B$, which we may assume is a CW complex. A quick and dirty way to define the total Stiefel-Whitney class $w(E)\in ...
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Dimension of the set of polarized sections

Let $M$ be a symplectic manifold. A subbundle $P\subset TM^{\mathbf{C}}$ of the complexified tangent bundle is called a complex polarization if $P$ is Lagrangian, i.e. Maximal isotroic, dim$P_m=n$, ...
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Integral versus real (universal) characteristic classes

I'm pretty confused about the precise relation of the integral and the real cohomology of the classifying space $BG$ of a compact Lie group $G$. The natural map $H^n(BG;\mathbb{Z})\to ...
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Pontryagin numbers on manifolds with an $S^1$-action

Let $M$ is a smooth compact manifold with an $S^1$-action with isolated fixed points. Suppose the representation of $S^1$ at tangent spaces at all fixed points is known. Can one then find all ...
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How to show the Euler Characteristic is equal to self-intersection number of zero-section [duplicate]

myThe definition of the Euler characteristic (given in Guillemin and Pollack's "Differential Topology") of a compact oriented manifold $X$ is the self-intersection number of the diagonal $\Delta$ in ...
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Principal bundles and Čech cohomology with non-good open covers

I'm trying to compute characteristic classes of principal bundles by defining transition functions and computing them in Čech cohomology. However, it seems all the constructions are defined in terms ...
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Second Stiefel Whitney class of quotients of odd spheres

I don't know much of algebraic topology so the following question could be very silly. Let $G$ a finite subgroup of $U(n)$ that acts linearly (the action induced by the action of $U(n)$ on ...
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Stiefel classes and generic sections

I asked this question in math.stackexchange few days ago. Unfortunately, I haven't seen any simple answer. One can say that the Stiefel-Whitney classes is dual classes to the locus of linearly ...
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Status of the Euler characteristic in characteristic p

In the introduction to the Asterisque 82-83 volume on `Caractérisque d'Euler-Poincaré, Verdier writes: Enfin signalons que la situation en caractéristique positive est loin d'être aussi ...
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Chern Character Isomorphism for non-finite CW complexes, resp. for non-CW complexes

This is a question I asked at Math.SE but got no answers: http://math.stackexchange.com/q/397164/7110/ Atiyah and Hirzebruch showed in their paper "Vector bundles and homogeneous spaces" that ...
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Non-(stable)-triviality of the tautological bundles

This is a question I asked at Math.SE but got no answers: http://math.stackexchange.com/q/396217/7110/ The tautological vector bundle $\gamma_k(\mathbb{K}^N)$ over the Grassmann manifold ...
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How to characterize this particular kind of bundle?

I am considering the following situation. Let $M_5$ be a 5-dimensional manifold which is an $S^1$ principal bundle over 4-manifold $M_4$. For instance, $M_5 = S^5$ and $M_4 = \mathbb{CP}^2$ with ...
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Proof that the Hodge-de Rham Rank Equals the Euler Characteristic

Can someone please provide a good (online accessible) reference for the well-known identity $$ \text{rank((d + d}^*)^+) = \sum_{i=}^n (-1)^i \dim(H^i(M)), $$ where $M$ is a manifold of dimension $n$, ...
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Confusions over the definitions of universal bundle and characteristic class

In most references, only a principal G-bundle is called universal (ie every other bundle can be pullbacked from this one, or an equivalent definition). Does it make sense to speak of a universal F-G ...
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Helped needed with some characteristic class / number questions

Suppose M is a $2n$-complex dimensional complex manifold. a) Why is Pontryagin class independent of orientation of the bundle? ...
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Sum of two tangent bundles of $S^{2n}$

I was wondering if the sum $TS^{2n}\oplus TS^{2n}$ is a trivial bundle? The same is true for spheres of odd dimension (one can find a nowhere zero section of the second bundle, add it to the first, ...
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Chern numbers via Euler characteristics?

Let $X$ be a space good enough to have a fundamental class, and $E$ a complex vector bundle on $X$. Let $P$ be some polynomial expression, and say I want to evaluate $P(c_i(E)) \cap [X]$. Is ...
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“Mathai-Quillen-type” form on $M\times M$?

Let $(M,g)$ be a compact, oriented, $(2n)$-dimensional Riemannian manifold. I'm wondering whether there is a "canonical" construction of a $(2n)$-form $\eta_g$ on $M\times M$, such that $\eta_g$ is ...
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n-categorical description of Chern classes

The Chern classes of a rank $n$ vector bundle on $X$ are obtained from composing the associated classifying map in $[X, BU(n)]$ with the maps $BU(n) \to B^{2i} \mathbb{Z}$ corresponding to the ...
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What is geometrically the Pontryagin class?

What does the Pontryagin class detects or is an obstruction to? Please avoid any answer using that it's the even Chern class of the complexified bundle or any interpretation that relies on the ...
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R. Bott's lectures on characteristic classes

I am searching for R. Bott's lectures on characteristic classes and Gel'fand Fuks cohomology (New Mexico State Univ. 1973), apparently there are notes of these lectures taken by Mostow and Perchik ...
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Index theorems and orientability

Given a Dirac operator $D$ acting on some Clifford bundle $\mathcal{E}$ over a compact, even-dimensional, oriented manifold $M$, the Atiyah-Singer index theorem states that its index is given by ...
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Non-stably trivial bundle with trivial charactertic classes

Though it's relatively clear that the characteristic classes do not characterise a vector bundle (and after looking through some books) I could not find an example of a vector bundle which is not ...
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How does one go from Chern--Weil to cohomology classes on BGL(n,C)?

Let's assume we start with Chern--Weil theory in the following form: Given a manifold $M$ and a complex vector bundle $V$ over $M$, we can equip $V$ with a $\mathfrak g\mathfrak l_n(\mathbb C)$ ...
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A Existence Problem of (p,q) metric

My question is: Can we judge a manifold that can admit a (p,q) metric? I only know the case that the existen of a lorentz metric is equivalent to Euler Character is zero
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recurrence formula for *i*-th Chern class of $CP^n$

one can show that the relation between first Chern class and second Chern class of $CP^n$ is $\frac{2(n+1)}{n} c_2 (M)=c_1 (M)^2$ here $c_1 (M)^2=c_1 (M)∧c_1 (M)$. So is there any recurrence ...
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Computation of KO characteristic classes/numbers

How to compute KO characteristic classes/numbers? They were introduced by Anderson/Brown/Peterson to study the structure of the spin cobordism ring. I looked through the literature but I did not find ...
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First chern class

I know some examples that first Chern class has not sign(negative, positive or zero). But I am looking for a necessary and sufficient condition that first Chern class has sign.
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Characteristic classes for block bundles

Block bundles are PL analogs of vector bundles, see e.g. Rourke-Sanderson's article in Bulletin of AMS, 1966. There is a classifying space $B\widetilde{PL}_q$ for rank $q\ $ block bundles, which is ...
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Is it true that all real projective space $RP^n$ can not be smoothly embedded in $R^{n+1}$ for n >1

So first for n even, $RP^n$ is not orientable, hence can not be embedded in $\mathbb{R}^{n+1}$. For odd n, $RP^{n}$ is orientable, hence the normal bundle is trivial. Now using stiefel-Whitney ...
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References/surveys concerning characteristic classes of flat vector bundles

I'm looking for good surveys about characteristic classes of flat real vector bundles. Letting $G$ be $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{R})$ with the discrete topology, orientable flat $n$-dimensional real vector ...
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Characteristic classes detecting nontrivial fiberwise homotopy of sphere bundles

I am looking for characteristic classes of vector bundles (either real or complex) with values in generalized multiplicative cohomology theories such that: i) they vanish if the bundle of unit ...
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A geometric characterization for arithmetic genus

Let $X$ be a smooth projective variety over $\mathbb{C}$. The following information is all equivalent (any of these numbers can be computed by a linear equation from any of the others): the ...
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Total spaces of $TS^2$ and $S^2 \times R^2$ not homeomorphic

Hello, I'm looking for an invariant to distinguish the homeomorphism types of homotopy equivalent spaces. Specifically, how does one show that the total spaces of the tangent bundle to $S^2$ and the ...
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K-theory of differential graded modules over differential graded algebras

Suppose you have a smooth vector bundle $E$ over a smooth manifold $X$. If you consider the algebra $ \Omega^\ast (E)$ of differential forms on $E$, it will be homotopy equivalent to the algebra of ...
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Characteristic Classes for $E_8$ Bundles

Given a principal $E_8$ bundle $P\rightarrow X$ one can take the adjoint representation $\rho :E_8\rightarrow SU(\mathbb C^{248})$ and form the associated vector bundle $V=P\times_{\rho}\mathbb ...
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If the total Chern class of a vector bundle factors, does it have a sub-bundle?

Motivation: $T_{\mathbb P^2}$ isn't an extension of line bundles Here's a trick to show that the tangent bundle $T$ of $\mathbb P^2$ is not an extension of line bundles. If it were, we would have a ...
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The top Stiefel-Whitney Class of an Unorientable Manifold

The top Stiefel-Whitney class of an orientable manifold is the Euler characteristic mod 2, since it is the mod 2 reduction of the Euler class. Does this still hold for an unorientable manifold?
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Bundle Gerbes as Characteristic Classes

Perhaps this is a bit naïve, but I was wondering if it possible to (at least formally) represent Bundle Gerbes as Characteristic Classes. Disclaimer: My understanding of Bundle Gerbes is limited to ...
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The Stiefel-Whitney and Pontryagin classes of SO(3)-bundles

Consider $SO(n)$ bundles over smooth manifolds. Then using the fact that the Stiefel-Whitney classes are the modulo 2 reductions of the Chern classes, one can prove $w_{2i}^2(E) = p_i(E) \bmod 2$. Now ...
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Chern character of the index bundle for a family of Dirac operators

Suppose we have a family of compact oriented even dimensional spin manifolds $\{Y_x\}$ parameterized by a compact even dimensional manifold $X$. The $Y_x$'s are all diffeomorphic to some $Y$, of ...
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Is there an alternative characterisation of vector bundles with vanishing characteristic classes?

This question came up yesterday during our index theory seminar. Let $M$ be a 1-connected smooth manifold and let $E \to M$ be a finite-rank complex vector bundle over $M$. If all the Chern classes ...
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A question about the topological proofs of Bott periodicity

There are purely topological proof of Botts periodicity theorem, the first one given by Dyer and Lashof. I am heading to discuss the proof in my lecture course on homotopy theory (as a final chord ...
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topological type of smooth manifolds with prescribed homotopy type and pontryagin class

Can someone help explain the following result: If the dimension is at least five, there are at most finitely many different smooth manifolds with given homotopy type and Pontryagin classes. Thank ...
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Stiefel–Whitney classes in the spirit of Chern-Weil

Chern-Weil theory gives characteristic classes (e.g. Chern class, Euler class, Pontryagin) of a vector bundle in terms of polynomials in the curvature form of an arbitrary connection. There seems to ...
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Are there cohomology classes on a hyperkähler manifolds which pull back to the Stiefel-Whitney classes on every Lagrangian submanifold?

This is a bit of a stab in the dark but I was wondering if anyone has defined cohomology classes on a hyperkähler manifold which pull back to the Stiefel-Whitney classes on any submanifold which is ...