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Eberly College of Science Mathematics Department

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Title:Gerbes, principal 2-group bundles and characteristic classes
Seminar:Algebra and Number Theory Seminar
Speaker:Mathieu Stienon, Penn State
Note: This is a special lecture and will be in Room 114 McAllister. It is well known that a principal $G$-bundle $P$ over a manifold $M$ determines a homotopy class of maps $f$ from $M$ to the classifying space $BG$ of the group $G$. Pulling back the generators of $H^*(BG)$ through $f$, one obtains characteristic classes of the principal bundle $P$ over $M$. It is a classical theorem of Chern and many others that these characteristic classes coincide with those obtained from the Chern-Weil construction using connections and curvatures. Gerbes are higher order analogues of principal bundles. We will discuss an analogue of Chern's theorem for gerbes. The idea is to relate Gerbes to 2-group principal bundles, and to study characteristic classes of these principal 2-group bundles. Recently, physicists motivated by string theory have been increasingly interested in 2-group bundles.

Room Reservation Information

Room Number:MB114
Date:02 / 07 / 2008
Time:11:15am - 12:05pm