Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society - Simon Stevin

Conjugation spaces and equivariant Chern classes

Abstract

Let $\eta$ be a Real bundle, in the sense of Atiyah, over a space $X$. This is a complex vector bundle together with an involution which is compatible with complex conjugation. We use the fact that $BU$ has a canonical structure of a conjugation space, as defined by Hausmann, Holm, and Puppe, to construct equivariant Chern classes in certain equivariant cohomology groups of $X$ with twisted integer coefficients. We show that these classes determine the (non-equivariant) Chern classes of $\eta$, forgetting the involution on $X$, and the Stiefel-Whitney classes of the real bundle of fixed points.

Article information

Source
Bull. Belg. Math. Soc. Simon Stevin Volume 20, Number 1 (2013), 77-90.

Dates
First available in Project Euclid: 18 April 2013