7
votes
1answer
307 views

Two questions about sphere bundles

I would like to better understand the relationship between different notions of orientable sphere bundle. Let me say that a locally trivial fiber bundle $\pi\colon E\to M$ with fiber $S^n$ and ...
2
votes
0answers
144 views

Global sections for torus fiber bundle

Let us consider the following situation: $\pi:X\rightarrow B$ is a locally trivial fibration between smooth manifolds, its fiber being a torus $T$. My question is two-fold: 1) what is the obstruction ...
6
votes
1answer
253 views

how to obtain a generalized Morse function out of a fiber bundle?

I already asked this question in MSE but did not get any answer/comment yet. Let $M\to E\to B$ be a smooth fiber bundle. In "Parametrized Morse Theory and Its Applications,(Proceedings of the ICM, ...
2
votes
2answers
264 views

Homotopy Equivalences and Induced Correspondences between Fibre Bundles

Suppose that $f:X\rightarrow Y$ is a homotopy equivalence of manifolds. Given a manifold $F$, the pullback construction for $f$ yields a correspondence between isomorphism classes of fibre bundles ...
8
votes
3answers
760 views

Serre Spectral Sequence of Representations

Suppose that $G$ is a group acting on a fibre bundle $(F,E,B)$ by bundle automorphisms. In this case, the action automorphisms $E\to E$ give the integral homology $H_\ast(E;\mathbb{Z})$ the structure ...
3
votes
4answers
891 views

Nontrivial examples of non-trivial principal circle bundles

It is a well known fact that (isomorphism classes of) principal $S^1$-bundles over a base space $B$ are classified by $B$'s second integral cohomology, $H^2(B;\mathbb{Z})$. There is always the ...
2
votes
1answer
537 views

Cross sections in bundles and principal G-bundles

A principal $G$-bundle has a cross section iff it is trivial (e.g. Husemoller's Fibre Bundles, 3rd ed., 8.3 in chapter 4). A principal $G$-bundle is in particular a fiber bundle with fiber $G$. My ...
9
votes
1answer
364 views

representatives of the group of homotopy 7-spheres

In Milnor's paper "On manifolds homeomorphic to the 7-sphere" it is proven that there are manifolds homeomorphic but not diffeomorphic to the standard 7-sphere. His construction involves sphere ...
3
votes
1answer
252 views

Reference for monkeying with the topology of a mapping cylinder

In "Construction of Universal Bundles, II", Milnor has to replace the standard topology on the join with what he calls the "strong topology" which is the smallest topology such that certain maps are ...
5
votes
0answers
127 views

Joins and classifying spaces in the category of compactly generated spaces

In Milnor's Construction of Universal Bundles, II, he defines $E_nG$ by repeated joins of $G$ with itself, but he has to use the `strong topology' on the join instead of the everyday topology that ...
7
votes
2answers
642 views

Fibrewise homotopy-equivalence of unit sphere bundles vs isomorphism of tangent bundles

Let $M$ be a smooth $m$-dimensional manifold, $TM$ its tangent bundle and $SM$ its unit sphere bundle. Are there some simple examples where $SM$ is fibrewise homotopy-equivalent to the trivial ...
9
votes
4answers
556 views

$S^n \to S^m \to B$ bundle: possible?

Sphere bundles and bundles over spheres are everywhere and are excellent things to get one's hands dirty with. (1a) But when can we have a bundle $S^n \to S^m \to B?$ It seems like requiring the ...
8
votes
1answer
342 views

A sphere bundle map

I think this may all be classical bundle-theory. But I'm trying to read some old papers on classifications of bundles and the following came up as questions I couldn't immediately answer: Consider ...
8
votes
2answers
1k views

Surface bundles over a surface

What can be used to distinguish two $\Sigma_g$-bundles over $\Sigma_h$ up to (1) homotopy? (2) homeomorphism? (3) fiberwise homeomorphism? (4) bundle isomorphism? And can these always be computed ...
4
votes
3answers
197 views

Homology of bundles over a triangulated base and $A_\infty$-algebras

Let $p:E \to B$ be a fiber bundle over a triangulated base $B$ with fiber $F$, $\sigma$ simplex in $B$, $\sigma \mapsto H_{*}(p^{-1}(\sigma)) \simeq H_{*}(F)$ the obvious map and let $\mathcal{S}$ be ...
6
votes
2answers
436 views

Restrictions of Diffeomorphisms

Notation: Let$M$ be a smooth, closed manifold, $S$ any submanifold of $M$, $Diff(M)$ the group of diffeomorphisms of $M$ and $Imb(S, M)$ the group of smooth imbeddings of $S$ into $M$. A classical ...
11
votes
3answers
931 views

smooth sections of smooth fiber bundles

A maybe trivial question about fiber bundles (I'm not an expert, and I didn't find quickly an answer looking here and there). Suppose you are given fiber bundle $p\colon E\to M$, where $E,M$ are ...
16
votes
1answer
702 views

When are fiber bundles reversible?

My question, in its most general form is this: Given a fiber bundle $F\rightarrow E\rightarrow B$, when is there a fiber bundle $B\rightarrow E\rightarrow F$? Here, F,E, and B can lie in ...
12
votes
7answers
891 views

Cohomology classes annihilated by pullbacks

A friend of mine is interested in examples of the following situation: an oriented smooth fiber bundle $\pi \colon M \to B$ with $M$ and $B$ compact and a non-zero class $a \in H^3(B; \mathbb{Q})$ ...
13
votes
2answers
647 views

What manifold has $\mathbb{H}P^{odd}$ as a boundary?

This question is motivated by What manifolds are bounded by RP^odd? (as well as a question a fellow grad student asked me) but I can't seem to generalize any of the provided answers to this setting. ...
4
votes
3answers
2k views

Grassmannian bundle theorem

Let's consider a vector bundle $E$ of rank $n$ over a compact manifold $X$. Consider the associated Grassmannian bundle $G$ for some $k < n$, obtained by replacing each fiber $E_x$ by $Gr(k,E_x)$. ...
17
votes
3answers
860 views

Cohomology of fibrations over the circle: how to compute the ring structure?

This question is inspired by Cohomology of fibrations over the circle Moreover, it can be considered a subquestion of the above, but somehow it seems to me that some of the more interesting points ...
5
votes
1answer
320 views

Killing Chern classes

Let $G$ be a compact connected Lie group and let $E\to B$ be a principal $G$-bundle. Suppose $a$ is a rational cohomology class of $E$ such that its pullback $b$ under an orbit inclusion map $G\to E$ ...
2
votes
2answers
400 views

Branched coverings over orbifolds with reflector lines

It is well known that if $F\to B$ is a $n$-finite branched covering over an orbifold with cone-points then the orbifold Euler's characteristics are related via ...
2
votes
3answers
563 views

Reducible 3d torus bundles

Here reducible means that the mapping class for the fiber is a reducible auto-homeomorph in the sense of Nielsen-Thruston. So, could anyone give me a hint to classify them? In contrast, do you agree ...
17
votes
1answer
1k views

Characteristic classes of sphere bundles over spheres in terms of clutching functions

I'm trying to understand Milnor's proof of the existence of exotic 7-spheres. Milnor finds his examples among $S^{3}$ bundles over $S^{4}$ (with structure group $SO(4)$ ). Such a bundle can be ...
2
votes
2answers
933 views

(how) are vector bundles and homotopy groups related?

Hello, homotopic maps induce isomorphic pullback bundles, and so isomorphism classes of vector bundles over X correspond to homotopy classes of maps from the grassmannian to X. But I think, in the ...