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The unit tangent bundle of 2- or 4-manifolds as a principal $S^{1}$- or $S^{3}$-bundle

What type of obstructions have been studied so that the unit tangent bundle of a Riemannian 2-(4-)manifold have a structure of a principal $S^{1}$-($S^{3}$-)bundle?
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Clutching functions and Classifying maps

Let $E\xrightarrow{p} \Sigma X$ be a principal G-bundle over a suspension. Write $\Sigma X= C_+X\cup_X C_-X$. Then there are trivialisations of the restrictions $E|_{C_+X}\cong C_+X\times G$, ...
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Universal bundles: construction of the map associated to a group homomorphism

For a Lie group $G$ let $EG \to BG$ denote the universal bundle. A Lie group homomorphism $\rho: G \to H$ determines a map $B \rho: BG \to BH$ as the classifying map for the principal $H$-bundle $EG ...
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Differentiable structure on the Gauge group of a principal bundle?

I am currently reading this paper in which we have a map $g:I\rightarrow Gauge(P)$ for some principal bundle $P$ which is differentiated. I am looking for a reference or explanation what the "most ...
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$v_1$-periodic homotopy and principal bundle classification

This question came back to my mind while pondering this MO question. The classification of principal bundles is seriously difficult because of our lack of understanding of homotopy groups of compact ...
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Decomposition of the canonical flat connection on $\tilde M\times_{\rho} SL(n,\mathbb{C})$

I'm looking for a proof resp. reference for a statement of the following form: Let $M$ be a compact Riemann surface, $\tilde M$ its universal covering, $\rho$ a semisimple representation of its ...
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Associating a principal bundle to a torsor

in arXiv:math/0212266, Moerdijk defines a torsor to be a sheaf $\mathcal{S}$ on $X$ with a freely transitive left-action of a sheaf of groups $\mathcal{G}$, such that $X =\bigcup \{ U \in ...
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Proof of Lemma in “Harmonic maps and the self-duality equations” by Donaldson

I am referring to this paper by S. K. Donaldson. I could not find a freely available version, hence I feel uncomfortable to copy & paste parts of his paper, and won't do so. Nevertheless, I will ...
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Decomposing connections on extensions of the frame bundle

I have posted this question on math.stackexchange, without success. I'll make it brief: Let $E\rightarrow M$ be an orientable vector bundle of rank n equipped with some Riemannian metric, ...
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Euler number of the complex of basic forms

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and $\pi:P \to M$ a principal $G$-bundle. I would like to understand the geometry of $M$ through $P$ with the $G$-action. I am trying to understand the Hopf bundle ...
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What are global sections of the determinant bundle on the Beilinson-Drinfeld Grassmannian?

Let $X$ be a smooth proper algebraic curve over $\mathbb{C}$, and let $G$ be a reductive group over $\mathbb{C}$. Let $Gr_{X,n}$ be the Beilinson-Drinfeld Grassmannian (for n points in $X$), which ...
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Normalizing the value of a principal connection at a point

Let $\nabla$ be a symmetric, linear connection on a smooth manifold $X$. If $p \in X$ is any point, on a normal chart for $\nabla$ around $p$ it holds: $$ \Gamma_{ij}^k (p) = 0 \ , $$ where ...
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Classifying map of a principal bundle

Given a topological group, say $G$, it is well known that the classifying space $BG$ classifies $G$ principal bundles. Under some mild assumption on $G$, one model of $BG$ is the geometric realization ...
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Are there principal $G$-bundles whose holonomy group is $G$?

While studying universal constructions on principal bundles, I've stuck on a quite a basic question, namely: Given a Lie group $G$, does there exist a principal $G$-bundle $\pi \colon P \to B$, for ...
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Example: Principal G bundle that is not Zariski locally trivial, G not finite and G simply connected

Let $G$ be an affine algebraic group over $\mathbb{C}$. It is well known that when working with principal $G$ bundles it is too restrictive to require bundles to be locally trivial in the Zariski ...
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Principal bundles and Čech cohomology with non-good open covers

I'm trying to compute characteristic classes of principal bundles by defining transition functions and computing them in Čech cohomology. However, it seems all the constructions are defined in terms ...
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Stability principal $G$-bundles

I'm trying to study some papers about the stability of principal bundles and in order to have a complete picture of this theory I need some explicit examples that I don't find in web. Let $X$ be a ...
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Obstruction to this gauge choice of the connection of a vector bundle

Let $M$ be a compact manifold with a nowhere-vanishing vector field $R$. Consider principal $G$-bundle $P$ over $M$, and $\mathcal{A}$ being the space of irreducible connections. Let me denote a ...
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Split real form of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ description of the two sphere?

If we denote the parabolic subgroup of $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ by $P$, then we have the well known isomorphism $SL(2,\mathbb{C})/P \simeq S^2$, where $S^2$ is the two sphere. Now the compact real form of ...
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Representation variety vs. space of flat connections

The holonomy provides a bijection from the space of flat G-connections (modulo gauge equivalence) on a trivial G-bundle over M to a connected component of the representation variety ...
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Actions of compact Lie groups on (possibly but hopefully not) non-regular spaces

Suppose $G$ is a compact Lie group acting freely on a topological space $Q$ (about whose separation conditions I make no assumptions) and the qoutient $Q/G$ is known to be completely regular Hausdorff ...
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What does the moduli stack of G-torsors over the multiplicative group look like?

I am an algebraic topologist and am trying to understand some computations related to p-adic complex K-theory and equivariant K-theory. However this has led me into the world of algebraic geometry ...
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Spaces of symplectic embeddings: Bundle? Smoothness?

Let $(M, \omega)$ and $(N, \sigma)$ be two symplectic manifolds, $M$ compact and without boundary. Consider the space $$ \mathcal{E} = \mathrm{Emb}((M, \omega), (N, \sigma)) $$ of all smooth ...
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Formula for the curvature of an induced connection

Let $\pi_P:P\to M$ be a principal $G$-bundle on a manifold $M$ endowed with a connection $A$ and $\pi_Q:Q\to M$ be a principal $H$-bundle on a manifold $M$. Let $f:P\to Q$ be a morphism of bundles ...
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How many principal bundles are there over a given base?

I'm currently considering principal bundles and classifying spaces in the context of gauge theory and a crucial question came to my mind: Is there a way to say how many (isomorphism classes of) ...
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Non-compact structure group and compactly supported gauge transformations

Let $\pi\colon P\to X$ be a locally trivial principal $G$-bundle over a Hausdorff paracompact space $X$, where $G$ is a topological group (we work in the category of topological spaces, as I do not ...
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Are principal bundles isotrivial?

Let $U$ be a $k$-scheme, where $k$ is a field. Let $G$ be a smooth affine $k$-group. Recall that a principal $G$-bundle over $U$ is a smooth surjective $U$-scheme $E$ with an action of $G$ on $E$ such ...
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The relation between the heat kernel on the principal bundle and the heat kernel on the base manifold

This question is mainly about Section 5.2 of the book "Heat Kernels and Dirac Operators" by Berline, Getzler and Vergne. Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold without boundary and $P\rightarrow M$ ...
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State of the game : cohomology of principal bundles

I would like to know what has been done in terms of specific calculations for the cohomology of principal bundle. For instance, it is known (see e.g. Greub, Halperin and Vanstone's "Connection, ...
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How to characterize this particular kind of bundle?

I am considering the following situation. Let $M_5$ be a 5-dimensional manifold which is an $S^1$ principal bundle over 4-manifold $M_4$. For instance, $M_5 = S^5$ and $M_4 = \mathbb{CP}^2$ with ...
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What is “Data” involved in a mathematical construction?

What exactly do mathematicians mean when they refer to "the data" involved in a construction? I've encountered this many times and I can usually figure out what's going on, but I am curious about the ...
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Confusions over the definitions of universal bundle and characteristic class

In most references, only a principal G-bundle is called universal (ie every other bundle can be pullbacked from this one, or an equivalent definition). Does it make sense to speak of a universal F-G ...
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Trivializing principal bundles on a curve over a finite field

This is related to my question Adelic description of moduli of $G$-bundles on a curve. Let $X$ be a smooth, projective, and geometrically connected curve over a finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$ and $G$ a ...
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Twisting an object P by an H-Torsor I

I am reading Brylinski's Loop Spaces, Characteristic Classes, and Geometric Quantization. The Statement Let $C$ be a gerbe on a space $X$ with "abelian" band $H$, $f: Y \to X$ a local homeomorphism ...
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What are the symmetries of a principal homogeneous bundle?

Let $\operatorname{Klein}$ denote the category of principal homogeneous bundles. An object in this category is a tuple $\mathbf Q = (Q, P; G, H; q, a, \tilde a)$, where: $G$ is a Lie group, and $H$ ...
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Numerable covers from the point of view of Grothendieck topologies

Let $G$ be a topological group. Recall that its classifying space $BG$ is a CW-complex which is the base of a locally trivial principal bundle of group $G$, with contractible total space $EG$. It ...
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Higgs bundle and stable bundle

Let $(E,\phi)$ be a $G$-Higgs bundle $\phi\in H^{0}(X,ad(E)\otimes D)$ where $D$ is a divisor on X. I suppose that $(E,\phi)\in \mathcal{M}^{ani}$ the anisotropic locus. In particuler, this bundle ...
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Connection Transformation Formula; Degree 3 Cech Cohomology

While reading through Brylinski, as in all of my posts, I am trying to understand the following equation: $ g_* \tilde{\theta} = \tilde{\theta} - g^{-1} dg$ Setting I have a principal ...
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Adelic description of moduli of $G$-bundles on a curve

Let $X$ be a smooth, projective, geometrically connected curve over a field $k$ and $G$ an an affine algebraic group group over $k$ (we can put more hypotheses on $G$ if necessary). If $K$ denotes the ...
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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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Classifying spaces of topological groups that are not well-pointed

Let $G$ be a topological group. The geometric bar construction $BG = B_{\bullet}(pt, G, pt)$ together with $EG = B_{\bullet}(pt,G,G)$ and the map $EG \to BG$ yields the universal principal $G$-bundle ...
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The meaning of a “subcomplex” of the Cartan-Eilenberg of a Lie algebra

Let $\mathfrak{g}$ be a finite dimensional real Lie algebra, and $\mathfrak{g}^* $ be the dual vector space. We have the standard Cartan-Eilenberg complex $(\wedge^{\cdot} \mathfrak{g}^* ...
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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 ...
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How to Draw Complex Line Bundles

I am giving a presentation soon on the Classification of Complex Line Bundles and I would like to have some very "basic" visualizations to use as examples. Background and Context I am considering ...
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homogenous bundles

Let $G$ be a reductive algebraic group over $\mathbb{C}$ and $H$ be an algebraic subgroup of $G$. We suppose that $H$ acts on some scheme $S$, where $S$ is of finite type over $\mathbb{C}$. Then I ...
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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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Lie algebra version of principal bundle?

I am wondering whether there is a Lie algebraic version of principal bundle for Lie group over a given manifold $M$. The first thing I try to think of is group cocycle picture of principal bundle.
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family of torsors and family of vector bundles

Suppose $X$ and $Y$ are smooth connected schemes over a field $k=\bar{k}$, $f: X\times_kY\to X$ is the first projection. You may assume $Y$ is proper if you like, my question is if $P\to X\times_kY$ ...
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Classification of principal G-bundles over a differentiable stack

According to "Notes on differentiable stacks" by Heinloth, the classifying stack will also classify $G$-bundles on stacks. (Remark 2.13) (Here $G$ is a Lie group.) My questions are: (1) What ...
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Isometry groups of Riemannian submersions with totally geodesic fibers

Suppose $F\to M\stackrel{\pi}{\to} B$ is a Riemannian submersion with totally geodesic fibers, all manifolds compact. In general, unless $M=B\times F$ is a Riemannian product, the isometry groups of ...