# Tagged Questions

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### Is there any relationship between the Euler class and the Vandermonde determinant?

Several Wikipedia articles claim that the relationship between the Euler class $e(V)$ and the top Pontryagin class $p_k(V)$ of an oriented $2k$-dimensional real vector bundle $V$ corresponds, via the ...

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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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### Obstructions to the existence of stable (and unstable?) complex structures?

Let $V$ be a real vector bundle on a space $X$, perhaps the tangent bundle of a smooth compact manifold. I'm interested in understanding the obstructions to $V$ admitting a stable complex structure, ...

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### Vector bundle for prescribed Stiefel-Whitney classes

I hope this is not trivial.
Let $B$ be a nice topological space (paracompact, CW-complex or whatever you think is nice)
For $i=1,\ldots,n$ let $x_i \in H^i(B,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ be certain cohomology ...

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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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### 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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### Lie algebraic Grassmannian

Assume that $L$ is a Lie algebra structure on $\mathbb{R}^{n}$, and $1<k<n$ is given.
We define $Gr(k,n)_{L}$, the space of all $k$ dimensional Lie subalgebra of $(\mathbb{R}^{n}, L)$.
For ...

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### A generalized Thom Isomorphism

The ordinary Thom isomorphism says $H^{*+n}(E,E_{0}) \simeq H^{*}(X)$, where $E$ is a vector bundle over $X$ and $E_{0}$ is $E$ minus the zero section. Now assume that $S$ is a non vanishing section ...

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### Canonical n plane bundle over Lagrangian Grassmanian

Recall that the Lagrangian Grassmanian, which is denoted by $\Lambda(n)$, is the subset of the standard Grassmanian $G(n,2n)$, which consists lagrangian sub vector spaces of $\mathbb{R}^{2n}$. Lets ...

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### Frobenius rank of a manifold

The rank of an smooth manifold M is defined by Milnor, as follows:
"The maximum number of independent commuting vector fields on M"
For example it is well known that the rank of $S^{3}$ is 1 (Lima, ...

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### Restriction of a line bundle to a two-cycle

I am reading a paper on Chiral Differential Operators
http://arxiv.org/pdf/hep-th/0604179v3.pdf
and it says on page 23 that a line bundle over a manifold C can be characterized completely by its ...

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### Stiefel classes and generic sections

I asked this question in math.stackexchange few days ago.
Unfortunately, I haven't seen any simple answer.
One can say that the Stiefel-Whitney classes is dual classes to the locus of linearly ...

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### vector bundle trivial over every compact subset, then it is globally trivial

Let $X$ be a non-compact metric space (though if the answer to the question is positive, then it probably also holds for more general spaces like, e.g., paracompact Hausdorff) and $E \to X$ a vector ...

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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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### non-trivial topological line bundles over cartesian product of manifolds not coming from a pullback

Let $X$ and $Y$ be connected smooth manifolds. Let $L$ be a topological real line
bundle over $X\times Y$. Then we know that the isomorphism class of such a line bundle is determined by its first ...

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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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### Non trivial vector bundle over non-paracompact contractible space

The proof that the set of classes of vector bundles is homotopy invariant relies on the paracompactness and the Hausdorff property of the base space. Are there any known examples of:
Non trivial ...

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### References/surveys concerning characteristic classes of flat vector bundles

I'm looking for good surveys about characteristic classes of flat real vector bundles. Letting $G$ be $\text{SL}_n(\mathbb{R})$ with the discrete topology, orientable flat $n$-dimensional real vector ...

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### etale homotopy and Adams conjecture

I was reading Quillen's paper on "Some remarks on etale homotopy theory and a conjecture of Adams". Up to some fact about etale version of spherical fibrations which was later proved by Friedlander, ...

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### Does every vector bundle allow a finite trivialization cover?

Suppose there is a vector bundle (smooth, with constant rank finite-dimensional fibres) over a (smooth, second-countable, Hausdorff, not necessarily connected) manifold $B$ of dimension $n$.
(a) Is ...

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### Configuration spaces and non homeomorphic vector bundles

Given two complex line bundles over the complex projective line ${\mathbb CP}^1$, prove or disprove that their total spaces are homeomorphic if and only if their Chern numbers are equal up to sign.
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### Total spaces of $TS^2$ and $S^2 \times R^2$ not homeomorphic

Hello,
I'm looking for an invariant to distinguish the homeomorphism types of homotopy equivalent spaces. Specifically, how does one show that the total spaces of the tangent bundle to $S^2$ and the ...

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### Stiefel-Whitney classes of a projective space bundle

Hi!
Let $\gamma_1$ denote the twisted line bundle over $S^1$ and add a trivial $(2k-1)$-bundle $\mathbb{R}^{2k-1}$. Consider the projective bundle $P(\gamma_1 \oplus \mathbb{R}^{2k-1})$ over $S^1$. ...

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### Splitting principle for holomorphic vector bundles

Let $E \to X$ be a vector bundle over a decent space $X$. Then there is a space $Z$ together with a map $p: Z \to X$ which induces a split injection on cohomology and such that $p^* E$ splits as a ...

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### Weak Vector Bundles

The following notion has arisen in a paper I'm writing.
Definition. A map $p: E\to B$ of spaces
is said to be weak vector bundle if for all compact subspaces $K \subset B$
the restriction of $p$ to
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### Characteristic Classes for $E_8$ Bundles

Given a principal $E_8$ bundle $P\rightarrow X$ one can take the
adjoint representation $\rho :E_8\rightarrow SU(\mathbb C^{248})$
and form the associated vector bundle $V=P\times_{\rho}\mathbb
...

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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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### Vector bundles of schemes and their topological realizations

Hi, there is a realization functor $R_\mathbb{R}$ from schemes of finite type over $\mathbb{R}$ to topological spaces and there is also a functor $R_\mathbb{C}$.
Does $R_\mathbb{R}$ send an ...

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### A question on classification of almost complex structures on $4$-manifolds

I have a (basic?) question in topology.
Question 1. Is it possible to characterise compact $4$-manifolds $M^4$, such that almost complex structures on $M^4$ are uniquely defined up to homotopy by ...

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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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### First Chern class of a flat line bundle

A referee asked me to include a reference or proof for the following classical fact. It's not hard to prove, but I'd prefer to just give a reference -- does anyone know one?
Let $X$ be a nice space ...

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### Is there an alternative characterisation of vector bundles with vanishing characteristic classes?

This question came up yesterday during our index theory seminar.
Let $M$ be a 1-connected smooth manifold and let $E \to M$ be a finite-rank complex vector bundle over $M$. If all the Chern classes ...

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### Swan like theorem and covering spaces

Let $X$ be a finite CW complex. Swan's theorem provide an equivalence
\[
Vec(X)~\xrightarrow{\sim} ~ProjMod(hom_{Top}(X,\mathbb{R}))
\]
between the category of ...

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### Which sets of Stiefel-Whitney characteristic numbers can be realized as coming from a manifold?

EDIT: The original question was answered very quickly (and very nicely!) but the answer leads to a pretty obvious subsequent question, which I will now ask. The original question is maintained for ...

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### Vanishing of Euler class

Given a real oriented vector bundle E over the base space B of rank n, such that the Euler characteristic class in the n-th cohomology group of B vanishes, is it true that there exists a global ...

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### A ring such that all projectives are stably free but not all projectives are free?

This question is motivated by this recent question. Suppose $R$ is commutative, Noetherian ring and $M$ a finitely generated $R$-module. Let $FD(M)$ and $PD(M)$ be the shortest length of free and ...

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### Quick ways to calculate cohomology of vector bundle/local system from transition functions?

Suppose I have a vector bundle (or local system, or something else given by transition functions) on a Riemann surface (or generally a (complex) manifold), and I want to compute its cohomology. The ...

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### Maslov index of a pullback bundle

This question has bugged me as I read McDuff-Salamon's book on pseudoholomorphic curves. I'll use their terminology.
Let $\Sigma$ be a compact surface possibly with boundary, $M$ an almost-complex ...

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### K-Theory and the Stack of Vector Bundles

I have some understanding that vector bundles provide a basic, familiar example of what I should call a stack. Namely, consider the functor $Vect$ that assigns to a space $X$ the set of isomorphism ...

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### How to prove that w_1(E)=w_1(detE) ?

How to prove that the first Stiefel-Whitney class $w_1 (E)$ of a real rank $n$ vector bundle over a manifold M is equal to $w_1(\operatorname{det} E)$, where $\operatorname{det} E$ is the $n$-th wedge ...

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### Uniqueness of Chern/Stiefel-Whitney Classes

This question is closely related to this previous question.
Chern and Stiefel-Whitney classes can be defined on bundles over arbitrary base spaces. (In Hatcher's Vector Bundles notes, he uses the ...

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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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