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Higher holonomies: comparing two constructions

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  • Florian Schaetz, Denmark
  • Camilo Arias Abad, Max-Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany
We compare two different constructions of higher-dimensional parallel transport. On the one hand, there is the two-dimensional parallel transport associated with 2-connections on 2-bundles studied by Baez–Schreiber [2], Faria Martins–Picken [11] and Schreiber–Waldorf [12]. On the other hand, there are the higher holonomies associated with flat superconnections as studied by Igusa [7], Block–Smith [3] and Arias Abad–Schätz [1]. We first explain how by truncating the latter construction one obtains examples of the former. Then we prove that the two-dimensional holonomies provided by the two approaches coincide.
Original languageEnglish
JournalDifferential Geometry and Its Applications
Pages (from-to)14-42
Number of pages29
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2015

    Research areas

  • flat superconnections, 2-holonomy, higher holonomies, crossed modules

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