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Chern numbers of primitive classes in BU

How does one compute Chern numbers of spherical rational homology classes $$f: S ^{2k} \to BU.$$ These generate rational homology by Milnor-Moore theorem since BU is a connected H-space, and so $c_k$ ...
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How to compute the Chern class of a projective bundle?

For example, what is the first Chern class of $X:=\mathbb{P}(T\mathbb{P}^3)$ and $Y:=\mathbb{P}(T^*\mathbb{P}^3)$? I am asking this question because I saw an essay today by F.Hirzebruch, saying that ...
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Why does the Cheeger--Chern--Simons class descend to H_3(G/B)?

Cheeger and Simons here defined a family of characteristic classes for principal $G$-bundles ($G$ a Lie group). I'm interested in the special case of $\hat c_2:H_3(SL(2,\mathbb C);\mathbb Z)\to\...
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Looking for an inequality between Chern and Todd classes (something in style of Bogomolov-Miyaoka-Yau)

Consider a smooth projective surface $S\subset\Bbb P^N_{\Bbb C}$ which is a complete intersection of hypersurfaces of degrees $(d_1,..,d_{k\ge2})$ with $d_i\ge2$ for all i. Is it true that for such ...
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Atiyah--Singer for the Complex Projective Line

I'm trying to understand Atiyah--Singer by looking at the usual starting point of $CP^1$ and the Dirac--Dolbeault operator. If I've reduced everything down correctly, then in this case the theorem ...
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Inequality on Chern classes of surfaces

I remember that some where, I saw an equality like $ c_2-c_1^2 \geq 0$ on surfaces ($c_1$ and $c_2$ are Chen classes), but I don't remember the exact form of inequality neither its name. Can you help?...
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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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Uses of the Chern--Connes Pairing?

The backbone of Connes' approach to noncommutative geometry is the Chern--Connes pairing. By discovering the cyclic homology of an algebra and then pairing it the $K$-theory of that algebra, Connes ...
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Why is the integral of the second chern class an integer?

I'm currently reading the paper "Holonomy, the Quantum Adiabatic Theorem, and Berry's Phase" by Barry Simon. Imagine a vector bundle with a connection $\nabla$. For simplicity, we assume that this is ...
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Which torsion classes in integral cohomology are Chern classes of flat bundles?

Chern-Weil theory tells us that the integral Chern classes of a flat bundle over a compact manifold (i.e. a bundle admitting a flat connection) are all torsion. Given a compact manifold $M$ whose ...
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Explain the relation between $K_0$ and morphisms of Chow motives

The Chern class yields an isomorphism $K_0(X)\otimes \mathbb Q\cong \bigoplus_{i\ge 0} Chow^i(X)\otimes \mathbb Q$ (for a smooth variety $X$ over a field?), whereas the latter group is isomorphic to $...
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Chern classes of pushforwards

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a proper morphism of normal varieties (smooth as DM stacks, but I only care about the coarse spaces). The map $f$ is generically finite, but not flat (so no hope of smoothness and ...
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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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Tensor product of a line bundle with a large multiple of another positive line bundle also positive?

Let $X$ be a complex manifold and $\mathcal{L}$ be a positive line bundle on $X$. If $E$ is any other line bundle on $X$, then is it true that for all sufficiently large $m$, $\mathcal{L}^m \otimes E$ ...
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Does a “Chern character” exist for any generalized cohomology theory?

The Chern character is a ring homomorphism from the complex K-theory to the usual cohomology. 1) I wonder if there are "Chern character"-like ring homomorphisms from other generalized cohomology ...
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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 ...
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Can one bound the todd class of a 3-dimensional variety polynomially in c_3

This question is on bounding the degree of the Todd class. Let me explain where this comes from. Suppose that $X$ is a smooth compact connected complex surface. Let $c_i=c_i(TX)$ be its $i$-th Chern ...
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How does $f_* O_X$ measure ramification and Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch

Let $f:X\longrightarrow Y$ be a finite morphism of smooth projective varieties over a field $k$ of characteristic zero, where $\dim X=\dim Y$. Then $f$ is flat. Hence $f_\ast \mathcal{O}_X$ is a ...
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Where does the splitting principle come from and does it generalize

Basically, I'm aware of "splitting principles" for the following three objects (which are all isomorphic modulo torsion). 1. The Chow group a la Fulton. 2. The classical Grothendieck group of ...
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GAGA and Chern classes

My question is as follows. Do the Chern classes as defined by Grothendieck for smooth projective varieties coincide with the Chern classes as defined with the aid of invariant polynomials and ...
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Poincaré-Hopf and Mathai-Quillen for Chern classes?

One. The Poincaré-Hopf theorem is usually stated as a formula for the Euler characteristic of the tangent bundle TM. Is there a version for Euler classes, of oriented real vector bundles? It seems ...
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on chern classes and Riemann Roch theorem for torsion-free sheaves on singular (possibly multiple) curve

I'm looking for a definition of Chern class (at least the first one) for a torsion-free sheaf $F$ (not necessarily locally free) on a singular curve (for simplicity can assume all the singularities ...
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Does the non-commutative Chern class depend on the choice of connection?

In classical geometry the calculation of the Chern classes of a vector bundle using a connection is independent of the choice of connection. Does any such result hold for projective modules in non-...