Two-plane sub-bundles of nonorientable real vector-bundles
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- de Paula Leite Mello, M.H. Manuscripta Math (1987) 57: 263. doi:10.1007/BF01437484
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Let ζ be a nonorientable m-plane bundle over a CW complex X of dimension m or less. Given a 2-plane bundle η over X, we wish to know whether η can be embedded as a sub-bundle of ζ. The bundle η need not be orientable. When ζ is even-dimensional there is the added complication of twisted coefficients. In that case, we use Postnikov decomposition of certain nonsimple fibrations in order to describe the obstructions for the embedding problem. Emery Thomas  and  treated this problem for ζ and η both orientable. The results found here are applied to the tangent bundle of a closed, connected, nonorientable smooth manifold, as a special case.