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top chern class

Let $E\to M$ be a holomorphic vector bundle ($M$ is compact) and assume $s\colon M\to E$ is a non-trivial section transverse to the zero section. Is it be possible that $s^{-1}(0)\neq \emptyset$, ...
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chern classes of push-pulled vector bundles

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a finite cover of smooth algebraic varieties, branched along a divisor $R\subset Y$. Let $E$ be a vector bundle on $Y$. What is the relation between the chern classes of $E$ and the ...
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Preimage of $1 \in H^n(M^n)$ under Chern character

Let $M$ be a closed, oriented manifold of dimension $n$. We know that the Chern character induces an isomorphism $K^\ast(M) \otimes \mathbb{Q} \cong H^\ast(M; \mathbb{Q})$ and now I was wondering how ...
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Does there always exist a line bundle whose Chern class represents an integer symplectic form?

Let $(M, \omega, J)$ be a compact symplectic manifold with a compatible almost complex structure $J$, such that the symplectic form determines an integer cohomology class, ie $$ [\omega] \in H^2(M, ...
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Chern classes on compact manifold with boundary

Dear all, I am studying topological classes and I would like to know how Chern classes are defined on smooth compact manifolds with (non-empty) boundary. I am wondering in particular if there exists ...
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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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A simple question about the degree of some vector bundle over rational curve.

Let $E$ be a holomorphic vector bundle (infact complex vector bundle is enough) over $\mathbb{P}^1$. Let $c: \mathbb{P^1} \rightarrow \mathbb{P^1}$ be the anti-holomorphic involution, ...
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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 ...
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Why is the integral of the second chern class an integer?

I'm currently reading the paper "Holonomy, the Quantum Adiabatic Theorem, and Berry's Phase" by Barry Simon. Imagine a vector bundle with a connection $\nabla$. For simplicity, we assume that this is ...
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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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Why is the Cotangent Space of Complex Projective Space Not $U(1)$-Equivariant?

I'm looking at the cotangent bundle of $CP^{N}$ at the moment in the context of equivariance. For many reasons, it seems to me that this bundle is not $U(1)$-equivariant, or, in other words, cannot be ...