Characteristic classes of fiber bundles

Takahiro Matsuyuki, Yuji Terashima

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In this paper, we construct new characteristic classes of fiber bundles via flat connections with values in infinite-dimensional Lie algebras of derivations. In fact, choosing a fiberwise metric, we construct a chain map to the de Rham complex on the base space, and show that the induced map on cohomology groups is independent of the choice of metric. Moreover, we show that, applied to a surface bundle, our construction gives Morita-Miller-Mumford classes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3029-3050
Number of pages22
JournalAlgebraic and Geometric Topology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Nov 7
Externally publishedYes


  • Characteristic classes
  • Chen expansions
  • Fiber bundles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geometry and Topology


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