# Questions tagged [vector-bundles]

For questions on vector bundles, a topological construction that makes precise the idea of a family of vector spaces parameterized by another space $X$.

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### Quasicoherent sheaves as smallest abelian category containing locally free sheaves

On page 362 of Ravi Vakil's notes, the author says "It turns out that the main obstruction to vector bundles to be an abelian category is the failure of cokernels of maps of locally free sheaves - ...
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### Does every vector bundle have a 'tensor inverse'?

For any vector bundle $E$ over a finite-dimensional CW complex, there is a vector bundle $E'$ such that $E\oplus E'$ is trivial. For a compact Hausdorff base, this is Proposition 1.4 of Hatcher's ...
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### Every vector bundle has a metric connection?

Let $(E,g)$ be a vector bundle with a metric over a manifold $M$. Does $(E,g)$ always admit a compatible (metric) connection? If so, are there examples where there exists only one such metric ...
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### Understanding the derivation of this form of the coderivative

Let $M$ be a smooth Riemannian manifold; Let $E$ be a vector bundle over $M$, equipped with a metric and a compatible connection $\nabla$. Denote by $d:\Omega^k(M,E) \to \Omega^{k+1}(M,E)$ the ...
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### Leray–Hirsch theorem for K-theory

In Hatcher's book, Vector bundles and K-theory. He states the following version of Leray-Hirsch's theorem: Let $p:E \longrightarrow B$ be a fiber bundle with $E$ and $B$ compact Hausdorff and with ...
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### Basic question regarding complexification of a vector bundle

Let $E\rightarrow M$ be a real vector bundle over a real manifold $M$. By complexification of this bundle we mean the complex vector bundle $E_{\mathbb{C}}$ whose fibers are given by complexifying the ...
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### Formal adjoint of curvature (Yang Mills)

Currently reading a paper on finding solutions to the Yang Mills equation $D^*\Omega=0$, where $\Omega$ is the curvature and $D^*$ is the formal adjoint of the exterior covariant derivative $D$. ...
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### Does a left group action on a principal bundle induce an action on associated vector bundles?

Let $G\hookrightarrow P\xrightarrow{\pi}M$ be a principal $G$-bundle with right action $\cdot$ and suppose we are also given a left action $\rho: U\times P\rightarrow P$ of some group $U$ on $P$. ...
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### Existence of a holomorphic connection implies existence of a flat connection

Let $E$ be a holomorphic vector bundle on a complex manifold $X$, and let $D: E \to E \otimes \Omega_X$ be a holomorphic connection on $E$ i.e. $$D(fs) = s\otimes \partial(f)+ fD(s),$$ for any local ...
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### Is there a natural ring structure on $\operatorname{Pic}(\mathbb{CP}^1)$?

The set of isomorphism classes of holomorphic line bundles on a complex manifold $X$ is a group under tensor product. This group is called the Picard group and is denoted $\operatorname{Pic}(X)$. We ...
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### Sections of endomorphisms of a vector bundle

The following could be rather silly question but I haven'd found it stated explicitly; from the other side, it seems to me, that this fact is used often without comments. The problem is the ...
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### How should we think of 'differences' of vector bundles?

Given a Hausdorff space $X$, the set of all vector bundles of finite dimensions $Vect(X)$ (up to isomorphism) with respect to the direct sum is a monoid. We can use the group completion construction ...
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### Triviality of the tangent space of an abelian variety

The tangent bundle of an abelian variety $A/K$ is trivial. Mumford's proof of this fact goes something like this: given the (non-zero) value of a section in a fiber, one can determine the value in all ...
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### Isomorphism between spaces of sections.

Let $M$ be a compact manifold and let $E_i \xrightarrow{\Large \pi_i} M$, $i = 1, 2$, be two (real or complex) vector bundles of the same rank $k$ over $M$. Assume we have metrics $g_1, g_2$ on $E_1$, ...
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