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Descent for $n$-Bundles

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Speaker: 
Jesse Wolfson
Affiliation: 
Northwestern University
Date: 
Wed, 2013-04-24 10:30 - 12:00
Location: 
MPIM Lecture Hall

 We study principal bundles for strict Lie $n$-groups over simplicial manifolds. Given a Lie group $G$, one can construct a principal $G$-bundle on a manifold $M$ by taking a cover $U$ of $M$, specifying a transition cocycle, and then quotienting $U\times G$ by the equivalence relation generated by the cocycle. We demonstrate the existence of an analogous construction for arbitrary strict Lie $n$-groups. As an application, we show how our construction leads to a simple finite dimensional model of the Lie 2-group String($n$).

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