#### DOCUMENTA MATHEMATICA,
Vol. Extra Volume: Alexander S. Merkurjev's Sixtieth Birthday (2015), 7-29

** Aravind Asok and Jean Fasel **
Secondary Characteristic Classes
and the Euler Class

We discuss secondary (and higher) characteristic classes for algebraic
vector bundles with trivial top Chern class. We then show that if $X$
is a smooth affine scheme of dimension $d$ over a field $k$ of finite
$2$-cohomological dimension (with $\mathrm{char}(k)\neq 2$) and $E$ is
a rank $d$ vector bundle over $X$, vanishing of the Chow-Witt theoretic
Euler class of $E$ is equivalent to vanishing of its top Chern class and
these higher classes. We then derive some consequences of our main theorem
when $k$ is of small $2$-cohomological dimension.

2010 Mathematics Subject Classification: 14F42, 14C15, 13C10, 55S20

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