Variations of rational higher tangential structures

Hisham Sati, Matthew Wheeler

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    The study of higher tangential structures, arising from higher connected covers of Lie groups (String, Fivebrane, Ninebrane structures), require considerable machinery for a full description, especially for connections to geometry and applications. With utility in mind, in this paper we study these structures at the rational level and by considering Lie groups as a starting point for defining each of the higher structures, making close connection to pi-structures. We indicatively call these (rational) Spin-Fivebrane and Spin-Ninebrane structures. We study the space of such structures and characterize their variations, which reveal interesting effects whereby variations of higher structures are arranged to systematically involve lower ones. We also study the homotopy type of the gauge group corresponding to bundles equipped with the higher rational structures that we define.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)229-248
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Geometry and Physics
    Volume130
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Aug 1 2018

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    Keywords

    • Gauge groups
    • Mapping spaces
    • Rational cohomology
    • Rational homotopy
    • Whitehead tower

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    • Physics and Astronomy(all)
    • Geometry and Topology

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    Variations of rational higher tangential structures. / Sati, Hisham; Wheeler, Matthew.

    In: Journal of Geometry and Physics, Vol. 130, 01.08.2018, p. 229-248.

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    Sati, Hisham ; Wheeler, Matthew. / Variations of rational higher tangential structures. In: Journal of Geometry and Physics. 2018 ; Vol. 130. pp. 229-248.
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