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Possible homotopy-theoretical approach to Gauss-Bonnet

Consider a vector bundle $V\to E\to X$ with fiber $V$, with structure group $G$, and $X$ path-connected. Consider a connection $\nabla$ on $E$. Then for any loop $L$ in $X$, based at $p$, we have a ...
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Does the holonomy map define a homomorphism $\pi_k(X)\to\pi_{k-1}(Hol(\nabla))$?

Consider a vector bundle $V\to E\to X$ with fiber $V$, with structure group $G$, and $X$ path-connected. Consider a connection $\nabla$ on $E$. Then for any loop $L$ in $X$, based at $p$, we have a ...
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Construction of a Hermitian metric on a locally free subsheaf which is not a subbundle

Assume $X$ is a smooth projective curve over $\mathbb{C}$ and let $\mathcal{E}$ be a locally free sheaf of rank 2 on $X$. We pick a closed point $x\in X$ and a surjection $f: \mathcal{E}\rightarrow ...
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Can group cohomology be used to study fiber bundles?

Is (non-abelian) cohomology used to study vector and principal bundles? Can you give me a text or an article? For example: Consider a vector bundle $E$ with fiber $V$ and base manifold $M$. Consider ...
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Two ways to differentiate a section of vector bundle

Let $\pi:E\rightarrow M$ be a vector bundle, and $D$ a connection on it. Suppose $\sigma_1,\sigma_2\in\Gamma(E)$, $p\in M$, $V\in T_pM$ such that $\sigma_1(p)=\sigma_2(p)$. Are the following two ...
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Is this sphere bundle over SL3/SO3 trivial?

The space $SL_3(\mathbb{R})/SO_3(\mathbb{R})$ can be though of as some kind of 5-(real)dimensional generalized upper half-space. Fix any copy of $SO_2(\mathbb{R})$ sitting inside $SO_3(\mathbb{R})$, ...
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Vector bundle connection over complex manifold vs. over underlying real manifold

Let $(X,g)$ be an Hermitian manifold, and $(E,h)$ be an Hermitian vector bundle over $X$ of rank $r$. Denote by $(X^{\mathbb{R}},g^{\mathbb{R}})$ the underlying Riemannian manifold of $(X,g)$. ...
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Orthonormal frame bundle orthogonal to a curve

This is a duplicate of this question on math.stackexchange, since I got there not a single answer. Let $M$ be a $n$-dimensional smooth riemannian manifold and ...
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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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Connections on the Hodge bundle?

Let $\mathcal{M}_g$ be the moduli space of curves of genus $g$. Consider the holomorphic bundle $\mathcal{H}^k\rightarrow\mathcal{M}_g$ whose fiber over a curve $C\in\mathcal{M}_g$ is the space of ...
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On the definition of convergence of a sequence of sections of a bundle

Convergence of a sequence of sections of a bundle is defined as follows: Definition: Let $E$ be a vector bundle over a manifold $M$, and let metrics $g$ and connections $∇$ be given on $E$ and on ...
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How to compute the index of such operator?

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold, with $R$ nowhere-vanishing vector field on $M$(whose orbit may be closed/ not closed). $E$ and $F$ are two vector bundle (Edit: which are sub-bundles of ...
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Existence of connections making a bundle endomorphism parallel

Let $M$ be a manifold, $TM$ its tangent bundle, and $N:TM\to TM$ a vector bundle morphism. It is possible to find a torsionless linear connection $\nabla$ on $TM$ such that $\nabla N=0$?
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A natural tower of bundles over Grassmannian manifolds

There is a well-known exact sequence of vector bundles $$ 0\to U\to T\to N\to 0 $$ over a Grassmannian manifold $Gr(V,n)$: the fibers over $L\in Gr(V,n)$ are, respectively, $L$ itself, the whole $V$ ...
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Does extending a section by the exponential map make it transverse to the zero set?

Let $V_1, V_2 \rightarrow M$ be two smooth vector bundles over a smooth riemannian manifold $M$ and $s_1:M\rightarrow V_1$ a section transverse to the zero set and $s_2: s_1^{-1}(0) \rightarrow V_2 ...
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extending a vector bundle

given a vector bundle $V \rightarrow N$ over a manifold $N$ and let's assume $N \hookrightarrow M$ is embedded into a manifold $M$ is there a way to extend $V$ to a bundle over $M$, i.e. is there a ...
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Connections on tangent bundles and double tangent bundles

This can be viewed as a sequel to my previous question on double tangent bundle. Where I learned that the double tangent bundle $TTM$ is not natural diffeomorphic to $\oplus^3 TM$. Recently, I also ...
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A version of implicit function theorem when sections are not everywhere smooth?

Let $V_1, V_2 \rightarrow M $ be smooth vector bundles over a manifold $M$ and $s_1: M \rightarrow V_1$ a smooth section transverse to the zero set and $s_2: M \rightarrow V_2$ a continuous section ...
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Can one always extend a smooth section defined on a non compact submanifold to the whole manifold, provided it extends continuously to the closure?

Let $V \rightarrow M$ be a smooth vector bundle over a smooth compact manifold $M$ (without boundary) and $X \subset M$ a smooth submanifold of $M$, that is not necessarily closed. Suppose $s: X ...
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Are all Equivariant Bundles of a Total Flag Manifold Constructable from Line Bundles?

As we all know, for any homogeneous space $G/H$ we have that the equivariant vector bundles over $G/H$ are characterized by the representations of $H$. Thus, for the the complex projective line $CP^1 ...
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Cech Cohomology of Sections of Holomorphic Bundle over Contractible Space

Is there anything that can be said in general about the Cech cohomology of the sheaf $\mathcal{F}$ of sections of a holomorphic bundle over a contractible space $X$? I know that such a bundle must ...
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Coherent Sheaves and Holomorphic Vector Bundles

For a complex manifold $M$, I'm trying to understand (from a differential geometry point of view) what its category of coherent sheaves is. If I understand correctly, then the sheaf of holomorphic ...
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what is a spinor structure?

There are of course lots of definitions and references for this, but in the same way that, on a manifold $M$, a Riemannian metric is a section of positive definite symmetric bilinear forms on $TM$ ...
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Classifying Globally Generated Holomorphic Line Bundles over a Flag Manifold

I was recently looking back at an old question of mine, where I asked about the classification of the line bundles over a general complex flag manifold. Pavel Etingof gave the following excellent ...
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Alternate definition of vector bundle?

Recall the usual definition of a $k$-dimensional vector bundle (everything is assumed to be continuous/smooth/etc depending on the category): A $k$-dimensional vector bundle is a triple ...
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When are the Smooth Sections of a Bundle Generated as a Module (over Smooth Functions) by the Holomorohic Sections

For a holomorphic vector bundle $E$ over a complex manifold $M$, we denote its space of smooth sections by $\Gamma^{\infty}(E)$, and its space of holomorphic sections by $\Gamma^{hol}(E)$. Now I've ...
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Why do we use the less simple convention for the definition of a vector bundle connection?

For a (smooth) vector bundle $F$ over a manifold $M$, one normally defines a connection to be a linear map $$ \nabla:\Gamma^{\infty}(V) \to \Omega^1(M) \otimes \Gamma^{\infty}(V), $$ satisfying ...
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From Topological to Smooth and Holomorphic Vector Bundles

In the last weeks I have been think of the transition from topological vector bundles to smooth and holomorphic vector bundles. This has resulted in a few questions (with a common thread) as follows: ...
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Is there a relationship between tensor (or form) bundles and iterated tangent/cotangent bundles on a manifold?

Let's say we denote by $T^{(n,m)}M$ the vector-bundle of rank $(n,m)$ tensors on a manifold $M$ and by $\Lambda^pM$ the vector-bundle of $p$-forms on $M$. Is there a relationship (perhaps a ...
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Jets of Equivariant Vector Bundles

Let $M$ be a (compact) $G$-homogeneous space with fibre group $H$, and let ${\cal E}$ be a $G$-equivariant $k$-dimensional vector bundle over $M$ with corresponding representation $\pi:H \to $R$^k$. ...
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Isotropic splitting for exact Courant algebroids

An exact Courant algebroid $E$ is one such that the sequence $0\to T^\star M\xrightarrow{\rho^\star} E^\star\simeq E\xrightarrow{\rho} TM\to 0$ is exact. Here $\rho$ is the anchor of the algebroid. ...
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1-jet bundle on vector bundle with metric connection

Background I'm working to simplify the Lagrangian formalism of classical field theory for the situation of a vector bundle with a bundle metric and a metric connection. Particularly, I want to ...
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Global Definition of the Dolbeault Complex of a Vector Bundle

For an $2n$-dimensional complex manifold $M$, and a smooth vector bundle $E$ over $M$, it is well-known (see Voisin, Huybrechts) that there exists an operator $\overline{\partial}$, built locally from ...
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Riemannian metrics as sections of a vector bundle

Let $\pi : E \to M$ be a smooth vector bundle. A Riemannian metric on $E$ can be regarded as a global section of the vector bundle $(E\otimes E)^{\ast}$, or more specifically, the subbundle ...
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Homotopy invariance of vector bundles by parallel transport: reference needed for my students.

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold and $V \to [0,1] \times M$ be a smooth vector bundle. The homotopy invariance states that the restrictions $V_0$ and $V_1$ to the bottom and top of the cylinder are ...
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Topological index and Dirac operator with a non compact group

A spinor which belogs to a representation of a group $G=SO(p,q)$ is a section of a product bundle $S(M)\otimes E$, where $S(M)$ is a spin bundle over a four dimensional orientable and compact manifold ...
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Cotetrad, spin connection and Dirac operator

Let us consider an orientable smooth 4-manifold $M$. Pick a vector bundle $T$ that's isomorphic to the tangent bundle $TM$. We then equip $T$ with a cotetrad (or coframe field) $e$ and (spin) ...
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Zero locus of a generic smooth section

Let $V$ be a smooth manifold, $E \rightarrow V$ a vector bundle over $V$ and $\Gamma$ be a finite group acting nontrivially on $V$ and $E$. Let $s \in C^\infty(E)$ be a generic $\Gamma$-equivariant ...
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Vector bundles vs principal $G$-bundles

It is well known that a (real) vector bundle $\pi : E\to B$ over a topological space (or manifold) $B$ is a fibre bundle whose fibres $$F=\pi^{-1}(x), \ \ \ x\in B $$ over any $x\in B$, are ...
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Does direct limit commute with functor of smooth sections?

Consider a countable family of finite-rank vector bundles $V_k$ over a finite-dimensional smooth manifold $M$. The direct limit of such a family is still a topological vector bundle even though it may ...
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Variation of the Chern connection according to the variation of hermitian metric

Whats is the relation between the Chern connections of tow Hermitian metrics in a holomorphic vector bundle?
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Associated vector bundles of infinite rank and induced connections

Let $\mathbb{V}$ be a representation of a Lie group $G$ and let $P \to M$ be a principal $G$-bundle with a principal connection. If $\mathbb{V}$ is finite-dimensional, then one can associate to this ...
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Normal bundle of $CP^1$ in $CP^2$ [closed]

I'm studying the book "Differential forms of algebraic geometry" of Bott, Tu. At page 75 there is an exercise about the normal bundle of $CP^1$ in $CP^2$, and there is written that the transition ...
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Terminology of “covariant derivative” and various “connections”

I apologize for the long question. My ultimate aim is to understand the existing terminology and find appropriate terminology for covariant derivatives on vector bundles which generalizes to ...
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Linearization of a vector field

In a paper that I was reading, I stumbled across the following theorem: Let $X$ be a vector field with $$X= > a^ix^i\partial_{x^i} + > \mathcal{O}(|x|^2),$$ where $x$ is some chart and ...
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First order differential equation of vector fields

Given vector fields $Y$, $Z$ on a (possibly compact) manifold $M$, I would like to know about the existence of solutions $X$ to the differential equation $$ \nabla_Y X + a \cdot \mathrm{div}(Y)\cdot X ...
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When is a submanifold of $\mathbf R^n$ given by global equations?

Let $M \subset \mathbf R^n$ be a (smooth) submanifold of dimension $d$. Under which conditions does there exist global equations defining $M$? By global equations I mean : does there exist a smooth ...
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Nice example of a topologically trivial bundle with nontrivial connection

So, I've been trying to understand what exactly an anomaly is, and how they arise in physics. Apparently an anomalous theory is some theory whose action is given by a section of some bundle (rather ...
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Is every closed embedded codimension-n submanifold cut out by a section of a rank-n vector bundle?

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold (over $\mathbb R$) and $N \hookrightarrow M$ a closed embedding. Locally near any point in $N$, I can find coordinates $x^1,\dots,x^{\dim M}$ on $M$ so that $N$ is the ...
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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 ...