Fibre Bundles pp 266-283 | Cite as

General Theory of Characteristic Classes

  • Dale Husemoller
Part of the Graduate Texts in Mathematics book series (GTM, volume 20)

Abstract

Using vector bundles over a space X, we are able to associate with X various sets which reflect some of the topological properties of X, for example, Vect F (X), the semigroup of isomorphism classes of F-vector bundles; Vect F n(X), the set of isomorphism classes of n-dimensional vector bundles over X; and K F (X), the group completion of Vect F (X). We view a characteristic class as a morphism defined on one of the confunctors Vect F , Vect F n, or K F with values in a cohomology cofunctor. In several important cases, we are able to give a complete description of all characteristic classes. We conclude with a discussion of properties of the Chern character.

Keywords

Vector Bundle Line Bundle Fibre Bundle Characteristic Classis Chern Class 
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© Dale Hausemoller 1966

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dale Husemoller
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  1. 1.Department of MathematicsHaverford CollegeHaverfordUSA

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