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A note on Pontrjagin forms

Author: Mahuya Datta
Journal: Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 128 (2000), 3723-3729
MSC (2000): Primary 58J99, 53C23, 53C05
Published electronically: June 7, 2000
MathSciNet review: 1778283
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Let $P$ be a principal $O(2m)$ bundle over a manifold $M$ of dimension $4m$, and let $p$ be its $m$-dimensional Pontrjagin class. In this paper, we aim at answering the following question: Which representatives of the class $p$ can be realised as the Pontrjagin form of some connection on $P$?

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Mahuya Datta
Affiliation: Department of Pure Mathematics, University College of Science, 35, P.Barua Sarani, Calcutta 700019, India

Keywords: Principal bundles, connections, Pontrjagin class, $h$-principle
Received by editor(s): February 10, 1999
Published electronically: June 7, 2000
Additional Notes: This work was supported by the Commission on Development and Exchange of the International Mathematical Union
Communicated by: Christopher Croke
Article copyright: © Copyright 2000 American Mathematical Society