Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society

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Vector fields on $ RP^m{\times}RP^n$

Author: Donald M. Davis
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 140 (2012), 4381-4388
MSC (2010): Primary 57R25, 55N20
Published electronically: April 18, 2012
MathSciNet review: 2957228
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Abstract: The span of a manifold is its maximum number of linearly independent vector fields. We discuss the question, still unresolved, of whether $ \operatorname {span}(P^m\times P^n)$ always equals $ \operatorname {span}(P^m)+\operatorname {span}(P^n)$. Here $ P^n$ denotes real projective space. We use $ BP$-cohomology to obtain new upper bounds for $ \operatorname {span}(P^m\times P^n)$, much stronger than previously known bounds.

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Donald M. Davis
Affiliation: Department of Mathematics, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18015

Keywords: Vector fields, span, projective space
Received by editor(s): December 16, 2010
Received by editor(s) in revised form: May 31, 2011
Published electronically: April 18, 2012
Communicated by: Brooke Shipley
Article copyright: © Copyright 2012 American Mathematical Society
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