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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Does there always exist a line bundle whose Chern class represents an integer symplectic form?

Let $(M, \omega, J)$ be a compact symplectic manifold with a
compatible almost complex structure $J$, such that the symplectic
form determines an integer cohomology class, ie
$$ [\omega] \in H^2(M, ...

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### 1st Chern class is invariant under choice of section?

How do I see that the 1st Chern class is invariant under choice of section? I know metric invariance follows from how two metrics on line bundle have to be conformally equivalent, but how do we show ...

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### Is there a simplicial volume definition of Chern Simons invariants?

Suppose we have some compact hyperbolic 3-manifold $M=\Gamma\backslash\mathbb H^3$. Now we know that the hyperbolic volume of $M$ can be defined as (a constant times) the simplicial volume of the ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Chern classes of a blow-up at a point

Let $X$ be a nonsingular projective variety over $\mathbb{C}$, and let $\widetilde{X}$ be the blow-up of X at a point $p\in X$.
What relationships exist between the degrees of the Chern classes of ...

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### Chern-Weil Theory for $p_1$

I'm studying Riemannian manifolds that admits a almost-complex manifold, thus
$$3\tau+2\chi=c_1^2,$$
where $\tau$ is the signature, $\chi$ is the euler characteristic and $c_1$ is the first 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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### Chern classes of PU(n)-bundles

Let $PU(n) = U(n)/U(1)$ be the projective unitary group and denote by $BPU(n)$ its classifying space. Consider the algebra $M_n(\mathbb{C})$ as an $n^2$-dimensional Hilbert space equipped with the ...

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### Top chern class in positive characteristic

Given a nonsingular, projective variety $X$ of dimension $n$ over an algebraically closed field $k$.
Over $k=\mathbb{C}$, the top chern class $c_n(T_X)$ of the tangent sheaf is the Euler ...

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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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### Calculating chern numbers yields a contradiction, why?

I am really stuck on this one. Let $Y=\mathbb{P}^n$ be the complex projective space and let $\tilde Y$ be the blow-up of $Y$ along a linear subvariety $X$ of codimension $d$. We get the following ...

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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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### Top chern class under finite, unramified, dominant morphism

Situation: Let $\Bbbk$ be an algebraically closed field. Assume that $\pi:Y\to X$ is an finite, dominant, unramified morphism between nonsingular varieties of dimensions $n$. Let $d=\deg(\pi)$.
What ...

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### Why is the first chern class of a line bundle $c_1(L) = 1-L$ in complex K-theory?

I'm trying to understand why on earth the first chern class of a line bundle in K-theory $c_1(L) = 1-L$.
I understand that the first Chern class of the trivial bundle is zero, and that $H-1$ ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Flatness of Chern classes for flat family of sheaves

Let $Q$ be a quasi-projective $k$-scheme (not necessarily smooth), $X$ a smooth projective $k$-variety and $\mathcal E$ a family of (torsion free) sheaves on $X$ parametrized by $Q$. Suppose that ...

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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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### (Second) Chern class of projective space, blown up in a linear subvariety

I already asked the same question at stack exchange but got no response for quite a while, so I thought I'd ask here. I also know that this has a certain resemblance to this question, but I cannot ...

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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 ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Why write GRR with the relative tangent sheaf?

The first published version of the Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem, GRR for short, was written in the form
$$
\operatorname{ch}(f_!\alpha).\operatorname{Td}(Y)
=
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### Strategy to prove formula for top chern class from knowlege of chern character

I am trying to prove a conjecture that involves an enumerative problem. In the course of doing so, the following situation came up.
I have a sequence of (smooth, complex, rationally connected) ...

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### What is the structure of the stack of complexes supported in dimension less than r?

Let $X$ be something. (smooth and projective variety over C are my assumptions)
The stack $M$ parameterising coherent sheaves on $X$ splits as a disjoint union of open and closed substacks $M_\alpha$, ...

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### Inequalities between numerical invariants of nonsingular projective Varieties in positive Characteristic

It is well-known that Miyaoka and Yau-type inequalities do not hold in positive characteristic. In "a note on Bogomolov-Gieseker’s inequality in positive characteristic", however, we can ...

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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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### 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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### A simple question about the degree of some vector bundle over rational curve.

Let $E$ be a holomorphic vector bundle (infact complex vector bundle is enough) over $\mathbb{P}^1$. Let $c: \mathbb{P^1} \rightarrow \mathbb{P^1}$ be the anti-holomorphic involution, ...

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### chern classes of push-pulled vector bundles

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a finite cover of smooth algebraic varieties, branched along a divisor $R\subset Y$. Let $E$ be a vector bundle on $Y$. What is the relation between the chern classes of $E$ and the ...

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### Chern classes of the sheaf of LOG differentials

Let $\Omega_X^1(\log D)$ be the (locally free) of logarithmic differentials on a smooth projective variety $X$ with respect to a simple normal crossing divisor $D$.
What are the Chern classes of ...

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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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### 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 ...

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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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### top chern class

Let $E\to M$ be a holomorphic vector bundle ($M$ is compact) and assume $s\colon M\to E$ is a non-trivial section transverse to the zero section.
Is it be possible that $s^{-1}(0)\neq \emptyset$, ...

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### Short time existence on Hyperbolic Ricci flow in non-compact case

We know
Laplace equation (elliptic equations)
$ Δ u = 0$
Heat equation (parabolic equations)
$u_t − Δu = 0$
Wave equation (hyperbolic equations)
$u_{tt} − Δu = 0$
we have
- Hyperbolic geometric ...

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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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### 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 ...

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### Preimage of $1 \in H^n(M^n)$ under Chern character

Let $M$ be a closed, oriented manifold of dimension $n$. We know that the Chern character induces an isomorphism $K^\ast(M) \otimes \mathbb{Q} \cong H^\ast(M; \mathbb{Q})$ and now I was wondering how ...