Surface holonomy and gauge 2-group. (English) Zbl 1081.53045

The author sketches his ideas on parallel transport for “infinitesimal” curves (“strings”) using the concept of a Lie 2-group from category theory [see J. Baez and A. D. Lauda, Theory Appl. Categ. 12, 423–491 (2004; Zbl 1056.18002)]. A similar approach is used in [J. Baez, Higher Yang-Mills theory, hep-th/0206130]. Applications or theorems are to be found elsewhere.
No reference is made to the by now standard methods for generalizing the classical holonomy concept [like A. Gray, Math. Z. 123, 290–300 (1971; Zbl 0222.53043), A. Swann, Weakening holonomy, Marchiafava, S. (ed.) et al., Proceedings of the 2nd meeting on quaternionic structures in mathematics and physics, Roma, Italy, 1999. Rome: Dipartimento di Matematica “Guido Castelnuovo”, Università di Roma “La Sapienza”, 405–415, electronic only (2001; Zbl 1028.53051), etc.] and the possible ways of dealing with holonomy in string theory [i.e., I. Agricola and Th. Friedrich, Math. Ann. 328, 711–748 (2004; Zbl 1055.53031), M. Mackaay and R. Picken, Adv. Math. 170, 287–339 (2002; Zbl 1034.53051)].


53C29 Issues of holonomy in differential geometry
70S15 Yang-Mills and other gauge theories in mechanics of particles and systems
20J15 Category of groups
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