group cohomology, nonabelian group cohomology, Lie group cohomology
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Introductions
from point-set topology to differentiable manifolds
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(shape modality $\dashv$ flat modality $\dashv$ sharp modality)
$(\esh \dashv \flat \dashv \sharp )$
dR-shape modality$\dashv$ dR-flat modality
$\esh_{dR} \dashv \flat_{dR}$
(reduction modality $\dashv$ infinitesimal shape modality $\dashv$ infinitesimal flat modality)
$(\Re \dashv \Im \dashv \&)$
fermionic modality$\dashv$ bosonic modality $\dashv$ rheonomy modality
$(\rightrightarrows \dashv \rightsquigarrow \dashv Rh)$
Models
Models for Smooth Infinitesimal Analysis
smooth algebra ($C^\infty$-ring)
differential equations, variational calculus
Chern-Weil theory, ∞-Chern-Weil theory
Cartan geometry (super, higher)
A bundle 2-gerbe is a special presentation of the total space of a $\mathbf{B}^2 U(1)$-principal 3-bundle, where $\mathbf{B}^2 U(1)$ is the circle Lie 3-group.
A connection on a bundle 2-gerbe is a special cocycle representative for circle n-bundles with connection, hence for degree 4 Deligne cohomology, hence for degree 4 Cheeger-Simons differential characters.
The definition is built by iteration on the definition of bundle gerbe:
a bundle 2-gerbe over a manifold $X$ is
a surjective submersion $Y \to X$;
on the fiber product $Y \times_X Y$ a bundle gerbe $\mathcal{L} \to Y\times_X Y$;
a morphims of bundle gerbes $\pi_1^* \mathcal{L} \otimes\pi_2^* \mathcal{L} \to \pi_1^* \mathcal{L}$;
which is associative up to a choice of coherent 2-morphisms.
principal 3-bundle / 2-gerbe / bundle 2-gerbe
Bundle 2-gerbes were briefly introduced in
Volume 21, Issue 2, January 1997, Pages 183-197 (arXiv:hep-th/9511169, doi:10.1016/S0393-0440(96)00014-9)
and further developed in
drawing on ideas from Stevenson’s PhD thesis (arXiv:math/0004117).
A general picture of bundle $n$-gerbes (with connection) as circle (n+1)-bundles with connection classified by Deligne cohomology is in
A model for the supergravity C-field in terms of nonabelian bundle 2-gerbes:
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