The secondary characteristic classes of solvable foliations

Author:
William T. Pelletier

Journal:
Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. **88** (1983), 651-659

MSC:
Primary 57R30; Secondary 53C12

MathSciNet review:
702294

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Abstract: The secondary characteristic classes of a codimension foliation of a manifold are certain cohomology classes of which are constructed from the curvature matrix of a torsion-free connection on the normal bundle of the foliation. We consider the foliation of a real or complex Lie group by the left cosets of a closed connected subgroup and any foliation obtained from it through dividing by a discrete subgroup . Such foliations are *homogeneous*. The Fuks-Pittie conjecture for homogeneous foliations is that the secondary classes are generated by . We prove the Fuks-Pittie conjecture if is reductive or solvable. We also prove an Addition Theorem for the classes which can be applied to reduce the general problem of calculating the secondary classes to the case in which is semisimple.

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DOI:
https://doi.org/10.1090/S0002-9939-1983-0702294-1

Keywords:
Foliation,
homogeneous foliation,
connection,
curvature,
Lie algebra,
secondary characteristic class

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American Mathematical Society