circle n-group

- group, ∞-group
- group object, group object in an (∞,1)-category
- abelian group, spectrum
- group action, ∞-action
- representation, ∞-representation
- progroup
- homogeneous space

For $\mathbf{H}$ a cohesive (∞,1)-topos such as ETop∞Grpd or Smooth∞Grpd, both the natural numbers $\mathbb{Z}$ and the real numbers are naturally abelian group objects in $\mathbf{H}$. Accordingly their quotient

$U(1) := \mathbb{R}/\mathbb{Z}$

under the canonical embedding $\mathbb{Z} \hookrightarrow \mathbb{R}$ exists in $\mathbf{H}$ and is an abelian group object: the circle group. Therefore for all $n \in \mathbb{N}$ the delooping

$\mathbf{B}^n U(1) \in \mathbf{H}$

exists and has the structure of an abelian (n+1)-group object. This is the topological or smooth, respectively, **circle $(n+1)$-group** .

Details for the smooth case are at *smooth ∞-groupoid* in the section *circle Lie n-group* .

For $n = 1$ the **circle 2-group** $\mathbf{B}U(1)$ can be identified with the strict 2-group whose corresponding crossed module of groups is simply $[U(1) \to 1]$.

Generally, for any $n$ $\mathbf{B}^{n-1}U(1)$ is an n-group that corresponds under the Dold-Kan correspondence to the chain complex or crossed complex of groups $U(1)[n]$ concentrated in degree $n$.

The geometric realization of the circle $n$-group is the Eilenberg-MacLane space

$|\mathbf{B}^n U(1)|
\simeq
B^{n} U(1)
\simeq
B^{n+}^\mathbb{Z}
\simeq
K(\mathbb{Z}, n+1)
\,.$

A circle $n$-group-principal ∞-bundle is a circle n-bundle, equivalently an $(n-1)$-bundle gerbe.

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