The signature of a fibre bundle is multiplicative mod 4 Academic Article uri icon

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abstract

  • We express the signature modulo 4 of a closed, oriented, $4k$-dimensional $PL$ manifold as a linear combination of its Euler characteristic and the new absolute torsion invariant defined in Korzeniewski [11]. Let $F \to E \to B$ be a $PL$ fibre bundle, where $F$, $E$ and $B$ are closed, connected, and compatibly oriented $PL$ manifolds. We give a formula for the absolute torsion of the total space $E$ in terms of the absolute torsion of the base and fibre, and then combine these two results to prove that the signature of $E$ is congruent modulo 4 to the product of the signatures of $F$ and $B$.

publication date

  • March 16, 2007