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Differential cohomology in a cohesive ∞topos
"... We formulate differential cohomology and ChernWeil theory the theory of connections on fiber bundles and of gauge fields abstractly in the context of a certain class of higher toposes that we call cohesive. Cocycles in this differential cohomology classify higher principal bundles equipped with c ..."
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We formulate differential cohomology and ChernWeil theory the theory of connections on fiber bundles and of gauge fields abstractly in the context of a certain class of higher toposes that we call cohesive. Cocycles in this differential cohomology classify higher principal bundles equipped with cohesive structure (topological, smooth, synthetic differential, supergeometric, etc.) and equipped with connections. We discuss various models of the axioms and wealth of applications revolving around fundamental notions and constructions in prequantum field theory and string theory. In particular we show that the cohesive and differential refinement of universal characteristic cocycles constitutes a higher ChernWeil homomorphism refined from secondary caracteristic classes to morphisms of higher moduli stacks of higher gauge fields, and at the same time constitutes extended geometric prequantization – in the sense of extended/multitiered quantum field theory – of higher dimensional ChernSimonstype field theories and WessZuminoWittentype field theories. This document, and accompanying material, is kept online at ncatlab.org/schreiber/show/differential+cohomology+in+a+cohesive+topos 1 We formulate differential cohomology and ChernWeil theory the theory of connections on fiber bundles
Categorified symmetries ∗
"... Quantum field theory allows more general symmetries than groups and Lie algebras. For instance quantum groups, that is Hopf algebras, have been familiar to theoretical physicists for a while now. Nowdays many examples of symmetries of categorical flavor – categorical groups, groupoids, Lie algebroid ..."
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Quantum field theory allows more general symmetries than groups and Lie algebras. For instance quantum groups, that is Hopf algebras, have been familiar to theoretical physicists for a while now. Nowdays many examples of symmetries of categorical flavor – categorical groups, groupoids, Lie algebroids and their higher analogues – appear in physically motivated constructions and faciliate constructions of geometrically sound models and quantization of field theories. Here we consider two flavours of categorified symmetries: one coming from noncommutative algebraic geometry where varieties themselves are replaced by suitable categories of sheaves; another in which the gauge groups are categorified to higher groupoids. Together with their gauge groups, also the fiber bundles themselves become categorified, and their gluing (or descent data) is given by nonabelian cocycles, generalizing group cohomology, where ∞groupoids appear in the role both of the domain and the coefficient object. Such cocycles in particular represent higher principal bundles, gerbes, – possibly equivariant, possibly with connection – as well as the corresponding associated higher vector bundles. We show how the Hopf algebra known as the Drinfeld double arises in this context. 1.