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REMARKS ON BIANCHI SUMS AND PONTRJAGIN CLASSES

  • MOHAMMED LARBI LABBI (a1)

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We use the exterior and composition products of double forms together with the alternating operator to reformulate Pontrjagin classes and all Pontrjagin numbers in terms of the Riemannian curvature. We show that the alternating operator is obtained by a succession of applications of the first Bianchi sum and we prove some useful identities relating the previous four operations on double forms. As an application, we prove that for a $\def \xmlpi #1{}\def \mathsfbi #1{\boldsymbol {\mathsf {#1}}}\let \le =\leqslant \let \leq =\leqslant \let \ge =\geqslant \let \geq =\geqslant \def \Pr {\mathit {Pr}}\def \Fr {\mathit {Fr}}\def \Rey {\mathit {Re}}k$ -conformally flat manifold of dimension $n\geq 4k$ , the Pontrjagin classes $P_i$ vanish for any $i\geq k$ . Finally, we study the equality case in an inequality of Thorpe between the Euler–Poincaré characteristic and the $k{\rm th}$ Pontrjagin number of a $4k$ -dimensional Thorpe manifold.

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REMARKS ON BIANCHI SUMS AND PONTRJAGIN CLASSES

  • MOHAMMED LARBI LABBI (a1)

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