Homology, Homotopy and Applications

$L_{\infty}$-algebras of local observables from higher prequantum bundles

Domenico Fiorenza, Christopher L. Rogers, and Urs Schreiber

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To any manifold equipped with a higher degree closed form, one can associate an $L_\infty$-algebra of local observables that generalizes the Poisson algebra of a symplectic manifold. Here, by means of an explicit homotopy equivalence, we interpret this $L_\infty$-algebra in terms of infinitesimal autoequivalences of higher prequantum bundles. By truncating the connection data on the prequantum bundle, we produce analogues of the (higher) Lie algebras of sections of the Atiyah Lie algebroid and of the Courant Lie 2-algebroid. We also exhibit the $L_\infty$-cocycle that realizes the $L_\infty$-algebra of local observables as a Kirillov-Kostant-Souriau-type $L_\infty$-extension of the Hamiltonian vector fields. When restricted along a Lie algebra action, this yields Heisenberg-like $L_\infty$-algebras such as the string Lie 2-algebra of a semisimple Lie algebra.

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Homology Homotopy Appl., Volume 16, Number 2 (2014), 107-142.

First available in Project Euclid: 22 August 2014

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Primary: 53D50: Geometric quantization 53C08: Gerbes, differential characters: differential geometric aspects 18G55: Homotopical algebra

Geometric quantization gerbes homotopical algebra


Fiorenza, Domenico; Rogers, Christopher L.; Schreiber, Urs. $L_{\infty}$-algebras of local observables from higher prequantum bundles. Homology Homotopy Appl. 16 (2014), no. 2, 107--142. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.hha/1408712337

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