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What is Quillen's contribution to index theorem?

In the book "Heat Kernels and Dirac Operators" by Berline, Getzler and Vergne it is said that "Our book is based on a simple principle, which we learned from D. Quillen: Dirac operators are a ...
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What is known about analogous results of Kazdan and Warner in higher dimensions?

First let me state a Theorem due to Kazdan and Warner: ``Let M be a compact two dimensional orientable manifold. Let $f: M \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ be a function that has the same sign as ...
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Is there a natural form representing the Thom class of a vector bundle, which when pulled back via the zero section represents the Euler class on the level of forms?

Let $V \rightarrow M$ be an oriented vector bundle over a compact oriented manifold $M$ equipped with a metric $h$ (the metric $h$ is a metric on the Vector bundle $V$, not on the manifold $M$). Is ...
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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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Does bundle with torsion Chern classes admit flat connection?

I want to know something about torsion in topological k-theory. So, consider complex bundle with chern classes lying in torsion part of integer homologies and my question is : does it admit a flat ...
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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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Why is the Cotangent Space of Complex Projective Space Not $U(1)$-Equivariant?

I'm looking at the cotangent bundle of $CP^{N}$ at the moment in the context of equivariance. For many reasons, it seems to me that this bundle is not $U(1)$-equivariant, or, in other words, cannot be ...
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Proving the basic identity which implies the Chern-Weil theorem

If $E$ is a complex vector bundle over a manifold $M$ then one defines the space of vector valued $p$-differential forms on them as $\Omega^p(M,E) = \Gamma ( \wedge ^p (T^*M) \otimes E) $ The ...