# Questions tagged [cobordism]

Literally "together boundary", a cobordism is a relation between two compact manifolds stating that their disjoint union forms the boundary of a higher dimensional manifold. This defines an equivalence relation between compact manifolds that is very coarse: two manifolds may be cobordant but not homeomorphic. This flexibility makes it the right notion for classifying manifolds in higher dimensions. See also (geometric-topology) and (algebraic-topology).

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### Help understanding Morse theory proof (Milnor)

I'll start with the statement of the theorem and its proof, and I'll end by explaining my difficulty understanding the proof. What follows are not Milnor's original words, but rather my best attempt ...
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### Need help understanding the existence of a projection map $pr_2:M \wedge X_+ \rightarrow X$

I am reading these introductory notes to cobordism theory, however cobordism theory is not required to understand my question. I just need help understanding a certain map. On page number 8 the author ...
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### Lifting a map to a homeomorphism of coverings

This is a part of the proof of Lemma 4 of "Cobordism of classical knots" by Casson and Gordon. Here, $\widetilde{X}$ denotes a prime-fold cyclic covering of $X$. Let $h\colon X\to X$ ...
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### $\mathbf{RP}^m \times \mathbf{RP}^n$ bounds a $(m+n+1)$-d manifold?

How to show whether $\mathbf{RP}^m \times \mathbf{RP}^n$ bounds a $(m+n+1)$-d manifold or not? For example, could we prove or disprove $\mathbf{RP}^2 \times \mathbf{RP}^2$ bounds a 5d manifold?
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### Quadratic enhancements of the intersection form and spin structures

If we search spin structures and quadratic enhancements of the intersection form, there are many papers discussing the issue. What are the relations and basic intuitions between the quadratic ...
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### all unoriented bordism groups are $\mathbb{Z}/2$s

Is it true that all unoriented bordism groups are $\mathbb{Z}/2$ vector spaces? This means that any unoriented bordism groups must be of the form:  \mathbb{Z}/2 \oplus \mathbb{Z}/2 \oplus \mathbb{Z}/...
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### Smooth functions defined on connected sums

The following is Theorem 9.29 in Lee's Introducton to Smooth Manifolds. Theorem 9.29. Let $M$ and $N$ be smooth $n$-manifolds with nonempty boundaries, and suppose $h:\partial N\to \partial M$ is a ...
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### A non modern theory of generalized Thom spectra

I've already posted this question on mathoverflow a few days ago and I had no reaction, I hope it is not illegal to repost it on math.stackexchange. I'm new in the subject of stable homotopy theory, ...
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### Bordism invariants as integrals of Stiefel-Whitney classes

I am trying to understand this mathematical physics paper by A. Kapustin, which assumes knowledge of bordism invariants of smooth compact manifolds: https://arxiv.org/abs/1403.1467v3 For example, ...
Let $S$ be a $C^{\infty}$-submanifold of $N$ and suppose that $N-S$ is dense in $N$, where $M,N$ are $m$ and $n$ dimensional $C^{\infty}$-manifolds, respectively. In this post the answering poster ... 