Chern-Weil theory for principal bundles over Lie groupoids and differentiable stacks

15 Dec 2020  ·  Indranil Biswas, Saikat Chatterjee, Praphulla Koushik, Frank Neumann ·

Let $\mathbb{X}=[X_1\rightrightarrows X_0]$ be a Lie groupoid equipped with a connection, given by a smooth distribution $\mathcal{H} \subset T X_1$ transversal to the fibers of the source map. Under the assumption that the distribution $\mathcal{H}$ is integrable, we define a version of de Rham cohomology for the pair $(\mathbb{X}, \mathcal{H})$, and we study connections on principal $G$-bundles over $(\mathbb{X}, \mathcal{H})$ in terms of the associated Atiyah sequence of vector bundles. We also discuss associated constructions for differentiable stacks. Finally, we develop the corresponding Chern-Weil theory and describe characteristic classes of principal $G$-bundles over a pair $(\mathbb{X}, \mathcal{H})$.

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Differential Geometry Category Theory Primary 53C08, Secondary 22A22, 58H05, 53D50