Homology, Homotopy and Applications

Volume 16 (2014)

Number 1

Holonomies for connections with values in $L_{\infty}$-algebras

Pages: 89 – 118

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4310/HHA.2014.v16.n1.a6


Camilo Arias Abad (Max Planck Institute for Mathematics, Bonn, Germany)

Florian Schätz (Centre for Quantum Geometry of Moduli Spaces, Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark)


Given a flat connection $\alpha$ on a manifold $M$ with values in a filtered $L_\infty$-algebra $\mathfrak{g}$, we construct a morphism $\mathsf{hol}^{\infty}_\alpha \colon C_\bullet(M) \rightarrow \mathsf{B} \hat{\mathbb{U}}_\infty(\mathfrak{g})$, which generalizes the holonomy map associated to a flat connection with values in a Lie algebra. The construction is based on Gugenheim’s $\mathsf{A}_{\infty}$-version of de Rham’s theorem, which in turn is based on Chen’s iterated integrals. Finally, we discuss examples related to the geometry of configuration spaces of points in Euclidean space $\mathbb{R}^d$, and to generalizations of the holonomy representations of braid groups.

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