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Are submersions of differentiable manifolds flat morphisms?

Let $\pi \colon M\to N$ be a smooth map between real smooth manifolds. Then $C^\infty(M)$ forms a module over $C^\infty(N)$ (via pullback). Is this module flat when $\pi$ is a submersion? Recall that ...
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Looking for an introduction to orbifolds

Is there any source where the basic facts about orbifolds are written and proved in full detail? I found the article by Satake "The Gauss-Bonnet Theorem for V-manifolds", but I'd like to have a more ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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What is a section?

This question comes out of the answers to Ho Chung Siu's question about vector bundles. Based on my reading, it seems that the definition of the term "section" went through several phases of ...
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Which principlal bundles are locally trivial?

If $H$ is a closed subgroup of a topological group $G$, then the orbit map $G\to G/H$ is a principal bundle, yet somewhat surprisingly, it need not be locally trivial. In the wikipedia article on ...
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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. ...
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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 $a \in H^3(B; \mathbb{Q})$ ...
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non-locally trivial A^n bundles

Let $f: X \to Y$ be a morphism of varieties such that its fibres are isomorphic to $\mathbb{A}^n$. Since the definition of a vector bundle stipulates that $f$ be locally the projection $U \times ...
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In how many ways can an iterated tangent bundle (T^k)M be viewed as a fibre bundle over (T^(k-1))M?

Let M be a smooth manifold. The double tangent bundle, TTM,can be viewed as a fibre bundle over TM in two ways, with the projection maps given by T_πM (i.e. the derivative of the projection from TM ...
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When do two holonomy maps determine flat bundles that are isomorphic as just bundles (w/o regard to the flat connections)?

Suppose we have a surface S (although the question might make as much sense in higher dimensions) and a topological group G. The data of a flat vector bundle on S (up to isomorphism) is the same as a ...
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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 ...
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$S^n \to S^m \to B$ 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 ...
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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 ...
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Bundle-to-function correspondence

To a morphism of sets $f\colon E\to B$ with finite fibers, one may assign a function $$|f^{-1}|\colon B\to{\mathbb N}$$ sending an element $b\in B$ to the cardinality of the fiber $f^{-1}(b)$. To a ...
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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 ...
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Classification of holomorphic disc bundles

I've had difficulty finding sources which treat the classification of holomorphic disc bundles over (compact and noncompact) Riemann surfaces. Note that by "bundle", I mean a holomorphic fiber ...
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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 ...
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Local trivializations of the non-trivial $SU(2)$-bundle over $S^5$

It is well known that $SU(3)$ is the unique, non-trivial, principal $SU(2)$- bundle over $S^5$. To my knowledge the way this is proven is by using the following fact: If $G$ is a Lie group ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Totally geodesic surfaces in fibered 3-manifolds

Is there an easy example of a (closed) hyperbolic 3-manifold that fibers over the circle but contains some totally geodesic surface? (Of course such manifolds exist if the 'Virtually Fibered ...
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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 ...
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Critical points on a fiber bundle

Consider a (smooth) bundle E→_B_, and a (smooth) function f: E → R on the total space. Then it makes sense to talk about the derivatives of f along the fibers. Let C be the subspace of E consisting ...
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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, ...
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Flat morphisms whose fibers are affine spaces

Let $f:X \to Y$ be a flat morphism, such that each fiber is isomorphic to the affine space $\mathbb{A}^n$. Then is is true that $f$ is a Zariski affine bundle? If not, is it at least an ètale affine ...
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Singular K3 — mathematical meaning?

There's a very interesting text by Cumrun Vafa called Geometric Physics. Here I'm particularly interested in Chapter 4, where we take a Calabi-Yau manifold presented as a degenerating fibration: ...
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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 $G\to E$ ...
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Homomorphisms of Topological Groups which are Automatically Fiber Bundles?

Suppose I have a surjective homomorphism of topological groups $f:E \to G$. Let K be the kernel of f. The topological group K acts on E in an obvious way. When is this a fiber bundle over G? (It will ...
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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 ...
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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 $Gr(k,E_x)$. ...
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Name for bundle of algebraic varieties over a smooth manifold

Consider a smooth manifold $M$ and a bundle $\pi\colon E\to M$ over it, where each fibre of $E$ is an algebraic variety. Is there a special name for this kind of bundle? The idea I have is that ...
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connections on principal bundles over $S^1$

Suppose $G$ is a compact connected Lie group and $P$ is a $G$-bundle over $S^1$, $A$ is a connection. Then we can choose a frame such that $A = a d\theta$ where $a\in \mathfrak{g}$ is constant. My ...
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Getting rid of exceptional fibers by passing to finite covers?

Consider a Seifert fiber space. Is it always possible to find a finite cover that is a circle bundle and the preimage of any fiber is a finite union of circles?
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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 ...
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isomorphism of extensions by abelian varieties

Let $A$ and $G$ be abelian varieties over $\mathbb{C}$. An element $P$ of $\text{Ext}(A, G)$ is an exact sequence $0 \to G \to P \to A \to 0$, here one can give $P$ the structure of an abelian ...
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What is the spectrum of the commutative C*-algebra I have constructed here?

Let $B$ and $F$ be compact Hausdorff spaces. Let $E\to B$ be a fiber bundle with fibre $F$ and structure group $\mathrm{Homeo}(F)$, the group of homeomorphisms of $F$. I think this induces a fiber ...
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How to partition R^3 into pairwise non-parallel lines?

Problem. How to partition R^3 into pairwise non-parallel lines? A possible solution is to stack infinitely many ``concentric'' hyperboloids, by increasing radius and decreasing slope. And don't ...
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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 ...
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Which varieties of general type admit fibrations with non-general type fibres

Disclaimer. I don't know much about the things I'm asking. This is why my other question pencils on varieties of general type was a bit unclear. I believe the following question makes up for this. ...
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How to classify von Neumann algebra bundles?

If we consider algebra bundles over X where the fiber is an algebra of bounded operators in a separable Hilbert space H over the complex numbers. I learn from "Isomorphism Classification of Operator ...
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degeneration of quadric bundles

Suppose I have a smooth 2-dimensional quadric bundle $f:X\to S$ over a surface $S$. Suppose furthermore that the discriminant locus $\Delta \subset S$ is smooth. Can I immedately conclude that the ...
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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 ...
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How was this Lie algebra found?

In a paper the author lists, without justification, generators for a Lie algebra. I would be grateful if someone could justify these choices and perhaps suggest how I might have found them for myself. ...
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twisted bundle definition

I have often heard people talk about, say, "the" twisted $S^2$-bundle over $S^2$. My question is, what do they mean by a twisted bundle? I know that in the above example any $S^2$-bundle over $S^2$ is ...
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The Gysin long exact sequence for the complement of the zero section of a line bundle over a (possibly) singular base

Let $pr:X\to Z$ be a line bundle of (possibly) singular varieties (that could be reducible) over a characteristic $p$ field ($p$ could be zero); $U$ is the complement to the zero section $Z\to X$. ...
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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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Fibred manifolds with boundary

A fibred manifold is a triple $(E,\pi,M)$ where $E$ and $M$ are manifolds and $\pi : E \rightarrow M$ is a surjective submersion. (Saunders, The Geometry of Jet bundles) A special case of this is the ...