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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 permutation group of order $3$. 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 quaternion projective spaces in the euclidean space

There are three questions: Please let me know your proof of the following theorem: If $\mathbb HP^2$ can be immersed in $\mathbb R^{12}$ with an Euler class $W_{4}(\nu)$ for the normal bundle of ...
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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 ...
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Relations between Stiefel-Whitney classes on mapping torus

In question Relations between Stiefel-Whitney classes the relations between Stiefel-Whitney classes on manifold are obtained. My question is that do we have additional relations between ...
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Relation between Stiefel-Whitney class and Chern class

A complex vector bundle of rank $n$ can be viewed as a real vector bundle of rank $2n$. From nLab, we have that the second Stiefel-Whitney class of the real vector bundle is given by the first Chern ...
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Relation between Chern characteristic and Pontryagin characteristic

A 2-dim complex manifold can be viewed as a 4-dim real manifold. What is the relation between the Chern characteristic and the Pontryagin characteristic of the tangent bundle? It should be $p_1=n_1 ...
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Concrete almost-complex structures on $3 \#CP^2$

The connect sum $X:=CP^2\# CP^2 \# CP^2$ supposedly supports almost-complex structures, i.e. endomorphisms $J$ of the tangent bundle such that $J^2=-id$. The existence of these almost-complex ...
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Vector bundle for prescribed Stiefel-Whitney classes

I hope this is not trivial. Let $B$ be a nice topological space (paracompact, CW-complex or whatever you think is nice) For $i=1,\ldots,n$ let $x_i \in H^i(B,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ be certain cohomology ...
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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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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 ...