Is there a way to classify (and build) the principal SU(2) bundles over a given topological surface up to homeomorphism? In the end, I would like to examine the associated bundle whose fiber is a given irreducible representation of SU(2). Perhaps this construction appears in the physics literature.
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By "surface" you mean a 2realdimensional manifold $F$? If so, there is only one principal $SU(2)$ bundle up to bundle isomorphism, the trivial bundle: $F\times SU(2)\to F$. This is because the 3 skeleton of $BSU(2)$ is a point. So the associated bundles to any rep $SU(2)\to GL(V)$ are also trivial: $F\times V$. If by "surface" you mean smooth complex projective variety of complex dimension 2, then there are an integer's worth of bundles (topologically), determined entirely by the second Chern class. 

