Consider a vector bundle, $E \to M$, with connection, $\nabla$, and curvature $2$-form, $F$ on $M$. For $E$-valued differential forms on $M$, $\Omega(M, E)$, we have an exterior covariant derivative, $d_{\nabla}$ for which $d_{\nabla}^2 = F \wedge (-)$.

Question: What is the significance of the collection of forms, $$\{ \omega \in \Omega(M, E) \ | \ F \wedge \omega = 0 \}?$$

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    $\begingroup$ I would say these forms annihilate, not commute. $\endgroup$
    – Thomas Rot
    Aug 18, 2017 at 13:51
  • $\begingroup$ In the context where, locally, the forms take values in some lie algebra that wedge becomes a wedge-bracket and since I think of bracketing as being motivated from the commutator... hence the name. But sure. Either context could be helpful! $\endgroup$
    – cheyne
    Aug 18, 2017 at 14:03


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