# Questions tagged [chern-classes]

Characteristic classes associated to complex vector bundles.

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### Action of Steenrod algebra on Chern classes

This is question about result from Brown and Peterson $H^*(MO)$ as an algebra over the Steenrod algebra. Unfortunately, the paper is not available on the Internet, so I can't find the proof. One of ...
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### Index of Dirac operator and Chern character of symmetric product twisting bundle

I am having trouble understanding a couple of lines of computation from Theorem 13.30 in Besse's Einstein Manifolds text We are twisting the spinor bundle (on Einstein 4-manifold) $\Sigma$ with an ...
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### Chern classes of complex vector bundle

I'm reading characteristic classes form the book Differential forms in Algebraic Topology by Bott and Tu. The Chern classes are defined as follows: $E\xrightarrow{\rho} M$ is a vector bundle and $E_p$...
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### Direct proof that Chern-Weil theory yields integral classes

Suppose $E$ is a complex vector bundle of rank $n$ on a compact oriented manifold (both assumed smooth). Let $h$ be a Hermitian metric on $E$, and let $A$ be a Hermitian connection on $E$ and $F_A$ ...
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### Chern -Weil map for topological principal G bundles

Let $G$ be a Lie group. In the book Curvature and Characteristic classes, the author (Johan L. Dupont) mentiones in beginning of chapter 5 the following : The notion of a topological principal $G$...
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### A binary operation on vector bundles that adds Chern classes?

Let $E$ and $F$ be two complex vector bundles over a space $X$. There's a fairly well-known binary operation called the direct sum, written $E\oplus F$, which has the property that its first Chern ...
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### Can spin structures and Arf invariants be defined in terms of local quantities, like Chern classes and Chern numbers?

I'm interested in if it's possible to represent a spin structure and the Arf invariant associated to it in terms of some sort of local fields. For example, the first Chern class of a complex line ...
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### Elliptic deformation of the second Chern class

Second Chern class $$c_2 \in H^4(BGL,\mathbb{Q}(2))$$ admits a nice presentation using dilogarithm. The five term relation in this setting becomes a cocycle condition (details can be found here). ...
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### The existence of the extension of a non-trivial line bundle

In Three Dimensional Gravity Revisted, Witten studied the Abelian Chern-Simons theory in three dimensions. Let $W$ be a three dimensional manifold. Let $\mathcal{L}$ be a non-trivial line-bundle over ...
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### Chern Classes or Chern character classes in the Lichtenbaum-Quillen conjecture?

Let $F$ be a number field, $\mathcal{O}$ its ring of integers, $r>1$ an integer and $\ell$ a prime number different from $2$. The Lichtenbaum-Quillen conjecture, now a theorem by Voevodsky, Rost, ...
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### tertiary characteristic class: integration of the Chern-Simons form

Let $P \to M$ be a trivial principal circle bundle with connection $A$ over a closed 3-manifold $M$. The Chern-Simons 3-form of the connection is defined by $\mathrm{CS}(A) = A \wedge dA$. Suppose ...
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### Chern Classes: two approaches

The following question is closely related to this one. Let $X$ a non singular projective variety over $\mathbb C$, and let $\mathscr E$ a locally free sheaf of rank $r$ (an algebraic vector bundle), ...
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### Reference for $E_{\infty}$-ness of the Chern Character

I would like a reference/proof for the fact that the Chern character map: $$KU_{\mathbb{Q}} \rightarrow H\mathbb{Q}[u, u^{-1}]$$ is an $E_{\infty}$-ring map. Thank you in advance!
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### Chern classes via degeneracy loci

According to book of Eisenbud-Harris Page 332 and the following summary http://pbelmans.ncag.info/blog/2014/10/09/what-are-chern-classes/ one can describe Chern classes in terms of degeneracy loci. ...
### Computing higher dimensional intersection numbers for complete intersections of $\mathbb P^n$
Let $X_1,X_2$ be two smooth hypersurfaces of degree $d$ in $\mathbb P^{n}$. Let $B=X_1\cap X_2$. Assume $B$ is smooth. Let $\mathcal N_{B/\mathbb P^n}$ be the normal bundle to $B$. Let $H$ be the ...
Let $Q\subset \mathbb P_k^3$ be a smooth quadric. Its Fano variety of lines $F(Q)$ is the union of two disjoints lines of $G(2,4)$ and according to the answer to this question the locus \$F_{osc} =\{[l]...