The Thom space of a vector bundle over a topological space is the topological space obtained by first forming the disk bundle of (unit) disks in the fibers of and then identifying the boundary of each disk, i.e. forming the quotient by the sphere bundle :
This is equivalently the mapping cone
in Top of the sphere bundle of . Therefore more generally, for any -bundle over , its Thom space is the the mapping cone
of the bundle projection.
For a compact topological space is the one-point compactification of the total space .
The Thom space of the rank-0 bundle over is the space with a basepoint freely adjoined:
For a vector bundle and its fiberwise direct sum with the trivial rank vector bundle we have
is the smash product of the Thom space of with the -sphere (the -fold suspension).
In particular, if is a trivial vector bundle of rank , then
is the smash product of the -sphere with with one base point freely adjoined (the -fold suspension).
The Thom isomorphism for Thom spaces was originally found in
- René Thom, Quelques propriétés globales des variétés différentiables Comm. Math. Helv. , 28 (1954) pp. 17–86
For general discussion see
Michael Atiyah, Thom complexes, Proc. London Math. Soc. 11 (1961) pp. 291–310
Yuli B. Rudyak?, On Thom spectra, orientability, and cobordism, Springer 1998 googB
eom, Thom space
Dale Husemöller, Fibre bundles , McGraw-Hill (1966)
myyn.org Thom space, Thom class, Thom isomorphism theorem
R.E. Stong, Notes on cobordism theory , Princeton Univ. Press (1968)
W.B. Browder, Surgery on simply-connected manifolds , Springer (1972)
Revised on November 11, 2013 08:02:13
by Urs Schreiber