# Questions tagged [characteristic-classes]

Cohomology classes associated to vector bundles. Includes Stiefel-Whitney classes, Chern classes, Pontryagin classes, and the Euler class.

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### The discriminant of a holomorphic vector bundle

Let $M$ be a complex manifold and $E$ a holomorphic vector bundle over $M$. The discriminant $\Delta(E)$ of $E$ is then defined to be $$\Delta(E)=c_2(\text{End}(E))=2rc_1(E)-(r-1)c^2_1(E).$$ This ...
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### Chern character of a super-connection (Heat kernels and Dirac operators)

Let $A$ be a super-connection on a super-bundle $E\to M$, then the differential form $$\mathrm{ch}(A)=\mathrm{Str}(e^{-A^2})$$ is called the chern character of $A$ on page ...
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### Proving a Result About Pontryagin Numbers Without Forms

I've been reading the book Geometry of Differential Forms by Shigeyuki Morita, and I came across the following theorem on page 226 the other day: Proposition 5.53 (Pontryagin). Two cobordant closed (...
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### Tautological ring for moduli of flat connections

Let $X$ be a smooth complex manifold and $G$ a connected complex algebraic group. Let $M$ denote the moduli stack of flat $G$-connections on $X$. Over $M\times X$, we have the tautological $G$-bundle, ...
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### Necessary and sufficient conditions for pseudo Riemannian manifold to be time orientable

It is well known that a smooth manifold $M$ is orientable if the first Stiefel-Whitney class of the tangent bundle vanishes. In particular, this implies that if $M$ is equipped with a pseudo-...
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### On Brylinski–McLaughlin's paper "Čech cocycles for characteristic classes"

In the paper "Čech cocycles for characteristic classes", the authors Brylinski and McLaughlin describe how to construct Čech cocycles with values in the Deligne smooth complex representing ...
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### On the positivity of the second Segre class of ample vector bundles

Let $E$ be an ample rank $r\geq2$ vector bundle over a smooth projective surface $X$ defined on an algebraically closed field $\mathbb{K}$ of characteristic $0$. In Kleiman S. L. - Ample Vector ...
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### Computation on characteristic classes

I am organizing a reading seminar on characteristic classes. The audience in the seminar is interested in symplectic and contact manifolds. I work in categorification and would like to compute some ...
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### Bundles vs. line bundles

Let $K$ be an algebraically closed field and consider the category $\text{Bun}$ of (finite dimensional) vector bundles over a $K$-variety $X$. Consider also the category of $\mathbb{G}^\times$-...
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### Are Chern classes well defined up to contractible choice?

The Chern classes are, by definition, cohomology classes. And cocycle representatives of the Chern classes are not unique. But it might be the case that cocycle representatives of the Chern classes ...
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### Is there a representation of $\mathrm{SU}_8/\{\pm 1\}$ that doesn't lift to a spin group?

$\newcommand{\GL}{\mathrm{GL}}\newcommand{\SO}{\mathrm{SO}}\newcommand{\SU}{\mathrm{SU}}\newcommand{\Spin}{\mathrm{Spin}}\renewcommand{\O}{\mathrm O}\newcommand{\R}{\mathbb R}\newcommand\Z{\mathbb Z}$...
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### Comparison between residual intersection in Fulton's intersection theory and Aluffi's result on Milnor class

$\textbf{Question}$ I deduced that $m(A \cup B, V) = 0$ for nonsingular variety $V$ and nonsingular hyper surfaces $A$ and $B$ whose intersection is also nonsingular. But I do not think it is true ...
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### Characteristic classes of non-linear sphere bundles

It is well known that the diffeomorphism group of there sphere $\operatorname{Diff}(S^n)$ has the homotopy type of a product $X:=O(n+1)\times \operatorname{Diff}_{\partial D^n}(D^n)$ of the orthogonal ...
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### Are there local maps of simplicial (co-)cycles on $d$-manifolds beyond cohomology operations?

I'm interested in locally defined maps of cocycles/chains on manifolds of a fixed dimension $d$ which are compatible with cohomology. To be concrete about what "local" means, let me consider ...
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### Preimage by birational maps

I am looking for an example (I guess that in complex projective space $\mathbb{P}^{n}$ is good) such that satisfy the following condition (in non trivial case, for this assume $X \neq \tilde{X}$): Let ...
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### Multi-variable cohomology operations

Intuitively, cohomology operations are ways to locally compute a cocycle $\alpha\in H^i(X, G)$ from any cocycle $\beta\in H^j(X, H)$. Formally, they are in one-to-one correspondence with homotopy ...
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### Define a characteristic class on a simplicial complex (non-manifold)

Given a simplicial complex with only triangulation and only branching structure, is it enough to define Stiefel–Whitney class? (Please provide Yes or No answers, and reasonings.) Given a fixed ...
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### Calculation about Chern character in a special setting

I'm confused with working out the Chern character in the following special setting. Let $E$ be a spinor bundle $$S=P_{Spin(2n)}(S^{2n})\times_\rho \mathbb{C}^{2n}$$ over sphere $S^{2n}$, where $\rho$ ...
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### Real analogue of Segre classes

Let $X$ be a manifold and $E\to X$ a complex vector bundle and let's work in $H^\bullet(X,\mathbb{Z})$. Given the total Chern class of $E$, $c(E)=1+c_1(E)+\cdots+c_n(E)$, we can define the total Segre ...
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### Rank of matrix coming from cobordism computations

In a computation of Pontryagin-numbers of certain manifolds (see the appendix of https://arxiv.org/pdf/2109.10306.pdf for more context) we came across the following elementary problem: Consider the ...
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Given a group $G$, let $E \to B$ be a principal $G$-bundle. It is well-known that when $B$ is a nice enough topological space (e.g. CW-complex), such a thing corresponds to a connected component of \$...