In mathematics, a principal bundle is a mathematical object which formalizes some of the essential features of the Cartesian product $X\times G$ of a space $X$ with a group $G$.

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Explicit description of flat connections under pullback on principal bundles over Riemann surfaces

I'm trying to find a proof/reference for a statement that I've seen quoted in some way or the other, but without reference. The setting: let $P\longrightarrow M$ be a flat principal $G$-bundle over ...
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Lie bracket of a pair of vectors at a point

I've been reading Nakahara's "Geometry, Topology and Physics" and found something quite strange on the section 10.3.3 which discusses the geometrical meaning of the curvature of a connection. It is ...
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Orbit space of a free, proper G-action principal bundle

Let $G$ be a topological group and let $r \colon E \times G \to E$ be a continuous right-action on a topological space $X$. If $p\colon E \to B$ is a continuous map into a topological space $B$ such ...
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Exact sequence of tangent spaces of principal $G$-bundles

Let $P$ be a smooth manifold, $G$ a Lie group, $\alpha:P\times G\to P$ a smooth action and $p:P\to P/G$ a smooth principal $G$-bundle. Then, we have the sequence $$ G \xrightarrow{\alpha_a} P ...
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Cartan geometry on manifolds with boundary

I was reading Sharpe's text on Cartan geometry, and I started to wonder: Does the theory change in any significant way if the base manifold for the Cartan principal bundle is allowed to be a smooth ...
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Does naturality for characteristic classes imply the classifying space is universal for them?

Let $G$ be a Lie group, $\mathfrak g$ its Lie algebra, $K$ its maximal compact subgroup. To every flat $G$-bundle $P$ over a smooth manifold $M$ I can associate a homomorphism $w_P: H^*(\mathfrak g, ...
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Isomorphism of Principal Bundles with structure groupoid

Let $\mathcal{G}\rightrightarrows M$ be a Lie groupoid. Suppose that $\pi:P\rightarrow B$ is a $\mathcal{G}$-principal bundle and let $(h_s,g_s):(P,B)\rightarrow (P,B); s\in [0,1]$, be a homotopy ...
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Are all quotients of a weakly contractible space via a free group action classifying spaces of the group?

First of all, I don't want to restrict to any kind of "nice spaces" since I am interested in the most general situation. Especially I do not work in any "convenient" category of spaces. Wikipedia ...
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Connections on principal bundles and vector bundles

In Donaldson and Kronheimer's book on the geometry of four manifolds, a brief review of connections on principal bundles is given. Three equivalent definition are stated: 1) Via horizontal subspaces, ...
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Group actions and associated bundles

Let $P$ be a principal $G$-bundle over $B$, and let $G$ act on some space $F$ (feel free to work in your favorite category of spaces, if this helps). Then $\text{Aut}{P}$ (aka the group of gauge ...
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Reference for principal bundles and related concepts

I am looking for a good reference for fibre bundles, Ehresmann connections, principal $G$-bundles and principal Ehresmann connections (the $G$-equivariant version of Ehresmann connections). Could ...
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How are the components of a connection on a homogenous space related to the Mauer-Cartan form?

I am finding it hard to understand in what way the Mauer-Cartan form $\omega_G$ of a Lie group $G$ can be used to define a connection on a bundle $G \to G/H$ in the same way that parallel transport of ...
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Heisenberg manifold

I am interested in the Heisenberg manifold, which is the quotient of the real Heisenberg group by the discrete Heisenberg (sub)group. It is a 3 -manifold which may be viewed as a circle bundle over ...
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What is the commutator of a horizontal and vector field for a connection on a Fiber bundle?

I would be tempted to rephrase my question as : why do people seem to care only about the curvature of a connection on fiber bundles ? Indeed, the curvature gives the vertical part of the commutator ...
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Reduction to the special orthogonal group

It is well known that an $SL_n$-bundle $E$ on an algebraic curve $X$ is self dual (i.e $E\cong E^*$) iff it is an $SO_n$-bundle However, I can't see why, because the isomorphism $E\cong E^*$ means ...
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Quotient space of equivariant vector bundle.

Let $p: P \to B$ be a principal $G$-bundle, and $\pi : E \to P$ a vector bundle with action of $G$ on $E$ such that $G$ acts by vector bundle isomorphisms and $\pi$ is equivariant. Is it always the ...
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Rigorously what is this integral?

I've been studying some gauge theories approach to problems in mechanics in order to get a better understanding of the ideas from gauge theories and to see some applications of fibre bundle theory. ...
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How to Induce a Metric on Homogeneous Space $G/H$ by the Metric from Bundle G

I am having a question on how to induce a metric $g$ on homogeneous space $G/H$, if one is given a ${\rm Ad}_H$-invariant metric $\bar{g}$ on G. More specifically and simply, consider principal ...
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Conjugate group homomorphisms induce homotopic maps on classifying spaces

Let $G$ be a group and let $\phi: G \to G$ be the inner automorphism given by conjugation by an element $g' \in G$, i.e., $\phi(g) = g'^{-1} g g'$. I want to show that the induced map on classifying ...
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What is the principal bundle structure of $O(n)$?

Consider the map $\pi:O(n)\rightarrow G(k,n)$ which maps $A\in O(n)$ to the subspace of $\mathtt{R}^n$ spanned by the first $k$ columns of $A$. Here $G(k,n)$ is the Grassmannian manifold. My question ...
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Contraction of second exterior covariant derivative with metric

Let $G \hookrightarrow P \to M$ be a principal $G$ bundle, $P \times_\rho V$ be a vector bundle associated to representation $\rho$ of $G$ on $V$. If $\omega$ is a connection $1$-form on $P$ then we ...
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How to decompose connections on the complexified orthonormal frame bundle?

Let $E\rightarrow M$ be an orientable vector bundle of rank n equipped with some Riemannian metric, $P:=F_{SO(n)}(E)$ the orthonormal frame bundle. I say that $P^{c}:=F_{SO(n)}(E)\times_{SO(n)} ...
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Clarification on some notation and “assumptions” in page 143-144 of the book “Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for Mathematicians, Volume 1”

I was trying to read the chapter $1$ (at page $143$) of this book Quantum Fields and Strings: A Course for Mathematicians, Volume 1 that is supposed to be an introduction to modern quantum field ...
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Local trivializations for orthonormal frame bundle

Let $(E,\pi, M)$ be a real vector bundle of Rank $N$. Then one can define its frame bundle $GL(E)$ as follows: $GL(E)_x:=\{\text{ordered bases of }E_x\}$ (for $x\in M$). $GL(E):=\bigcup_{x\in M} ...
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How to prove and understand this result?

Suppose $(P,\pi, M)$ is a principal bundle with structure group $G$ and suppose $\omega \in \Omega^1(P,\mathfrak{g})$ is a connection on $P$ with curvature $\Omega = D\omega$. If $\sigma : U\subset M ...
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Motivation for the name “vertical subspace” in the context of fiber bundles.

Let $p:E\to B$ be a smooth fiber bundle with fiber $F$. Consider the vector spaces $V_u=\{x\in T_uE: p_*(x)=0\}$. We call $V_u$ the vertical subspace of the tangent space $T_uE$. How can we see that ...
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Certain principle bundle structure on $\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus \{0\}$

Is there a right action of $\mathbb{H}^{2}$ on some $\mathbb{R}^{n}\setminus \{0\}$ such that this action gives us a principle fibre bundle. Here $\mathbb{H}^{2}$ is the Poincare upper plane ...
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How to obtain the metric tensor of a principal bundle total space given a connection (assuming it is metric compatible) in the total space?

The title says it all. In a principal bundle I know the connection defined in the total space. How can I calculate the metric that would be compatible with this connection.
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Trouble proving identity - Gauge theory/Maurer-Carton one-form/Adjoint representation

The Identity I am trying to prove is the one in this already asked question how to show that ${ad}_{g_{\alpha\beta}} \circ g_{\alpha\beta}^{\star}\theta=-g_{\beta\alpha}^{\star}\theta$? The author ...
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Identity of curvature in a principal bundle

I saw in wikipedia (http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curvature_form) the following identity for the curvature 2-form of a principal bundle $$2\Omega(X,Y)=h[X,Y]-[hX,hY]$$ where $X,Y\in T_uP$, $P$ being ...
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extension of a principal connection

I am trying to prove the following: Suppose that $\alpha:H\to G$ is a Lie group homomorphism and let $P\to M$ be a principal $H$-bundle and $Q\to M$ a principal $G$-bundle. Suppose further that there ...
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Invariant characterization of vector bundles associated to a principal bundle?

I have two related questions. Suppose I have a principal $G$-bundle $P\xrightarrow{\pi} M$. The usual construction of an associated vector bundle goes as follows. Fix some representation $\rho : ...
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Relation between principal bundle automorphisms and maps in $\Lambda^0(M,Ad(P))$

Let $ G \hookrightarrow P \xrightarrow{ \pi } M $ be a principal $ G $-bundle over $M$. Denote by $\mathrm{Ad} (P) = P \times _{ \mathrm{Ad} } G $ the non-linear adjoint bundle. It seems to me that ...
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Equivalence between pullback connections of smoothly homotopic maps

Let $f,g:M\rightarrow N$ be smooth maps between smooth manifolds such that there exist a smooth homotopy $H:M\times [0,1]\rightarrow N$ between them. If we have a principal bundle $P\rightarrow N$, we ...
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morphisms of principal bundles with different structure groups

Let $f \,: X \to Y$ be a continuous map between spaces. Let $G$ and $H$ be topological groups. Consider the diagram: \begin{equation} \label{} \begin{array}{ccccccccccccccccccccccccccccccc} E_G ...
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extending maps from spaces to their whitehead towers

Let $f \,: X \to Y$ be a map between connected spaces. Let: $$ X^{(k)} \to \ldots \to X^{(0)} \approx X $$ and $$ Y^{(k)} \to \ldots \to Y^{(0)} \approx Y $$ be whitehead towers for $X$ and $Y$. What ...
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Obstruction of such gauge choice

Suppose we consider $\operatorname{ad}P_G \to T^k$ as the associated adjoint bundle (maybe this is not the correct name, but I just mean with the associated vector bundle ${\rm Lie}G$ as standard ...
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$\mathbb{RP}^3 \rightarrow \mathbb{CP}^1$ defines a principal U(1)-bundle

I have to show that the map $\pi: (x_o : x_1 : x_2 : x_3) \in \mathbb{RP}^3 \rightarrow (x_0 + i x_1) : (x_2+ ix_3) \in \mathbb{CP}^1$ defines a principal U(1)-bundle. The two standard coordinate ...
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$ \pi : O(n) \rightarrow O(n)/O(n-k) \cong V_{n,k}(\mathbb{R}) $is a principal $ O(n-k) $-bundle.

I'm trying to prove that $ \pi : O(n) \rightarrow O(n)/O(n-k) \cong V_{n,k}(\mathbb{R}) $; $ A \longmapsto (Ae_1, ... ,Ae_k) $ (the projection from the orthogonal group to the Stiefel manifold) is a ...
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Connection of a $G$-principal bundle as a section of a vector bundle?

In what follows all manifolds, Lie groups and mappings are meant to be $C^\infty$. Let $\pi:M\longrightarrow B$ be a left $G$-principal bundle. A connection on this bundle is a map $H$ which assigns ...
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Sections of associated bundles isomorphism between spaces

I am reading some lecture notes which can be found here . They say that sections of $P\times_G F$ are represented by the functions $f:P\rightarrow F$ satisfying $f(pg)=\rho(g^{-1})\circ f$. Or ...
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Why is the kernel of the connection one form a connection on a principal bundle?

Let $\pi:P\rightarrow M$ be a principal bundle and let $\omega\in \Omega(P;\mathfrak{g})$ be a one form satisfying $\omega(\sigma(X))=X$ and $R_g^*\omega=\text{Ad}_{g^{-1}}\circ\omega$ Then ...
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Universal G-bundle

I want to study the cohomology of the bundle $BSO_n \times BSO_m \to B[O_n \times O_m]^{+} $, where $[O_n \times O_m]^{+} = (O_n \times O_m) \cap SO_{n+m}$. I know that for studying such cohomology I ...
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Gauge transformation laws, proof in Kobayashi & Nomizu Foundations of Differential geometry

I have two questions about this proof found in K&N's Foundations of Differential Geometry. 1) Can someone please explain how they deduce ...
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Pushout with principal bundles

I am looking at the wikipedia page on reduction of the structure group for principal bundles (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reduction_of_the_structure_group) and at the beginning they introduce, for an ...
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Are (certain) metric-preserving vector bundle maps proper?

Given two real vector bundles $p\colon U \to X$ and $q\colon V \to Y$ with a metric and a vector bundle map $f\colon U \to V$ preserving this metric (i.e. it's fiberwise an orthogonal map). Can we ...
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A construction on principal bundles

In a paper the principal $Sp(1)$-bundle $P$ over $S^4$ is introduced as follows: let $Sp(1)\times Sp(1)\hookrightarrow Sp(2) \xrightarrow{\pi} S^4$ be the spin structure on $S^4 $. The principal ...
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Differentiable structure on the gauge group?

In this paper I have come across a formulation involving differentiation in the gauge group of a principal bundle which I do not understand (found at the very top of p. 369). Let $P\rightarrow M$ be ...
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Seifert manifolds

Seifert fiber space is a PFB. The theorem states that every principal fiber bundle (PFB) admits a connection form, so how can we define the connection 1-form on it? Or how can I find a book or article ...
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A manifold is a covering space over its quotient by a group action

Let $M \times G\to M$ be a properly discontinuous, free action of group $G$ on a manifold $M$. The quotient topology of the orbit space is Hausdorff. Suppose $p\in M$. How can we choose an open ...