Journal of Symplectic Geometry
Volume 15 (2017)
Strict orbifold atlases and weighted branched manifolds
Pages: 507 – 540
This note revisits some of the ideas in [M1] on orbifolds and branched manifolds, showing how the constructions can be simplified by using a version of the Kuranishi atlases developed by McDuff–Wehrheim. We first show that every orbifold has such an atlas, and then use it to obtain an explicit model for the nonsingular resolution of an oriented orbifold $Y$ (which is a weighted nonsingular groupoid with the same fundamental class as $Y$) and for the Euler class of an oriented orbibundle. In this approach, instead of appearing as the zero set of a multivalued section, the Euler class is the zero set of a single-valued section of the pullback bundle over the resolution, and hence has the structure of a weighted branched manifold in which the weights and branching are canonically defined by the atlas.
orbifold, groupoid, strict atlas, Kuranishi atlas, weighted branched manifold
2010 Mathematics Subject Classification
Partially supported by NSF grant DMS1308669.
Paper received on 17 June 2015.