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Questions tagged [gerbes]

"Gerbe" is a construct in homological algebra and topology. They can be seen as a generalization of principal bundles to the setting of 2-categories. "Gerbe" is a French (and archaic English) word that literally means wheat sheaf. Gerbes were introduced by Jean Giraud (Giraud 1971) following ideas of Alexandre Grothendieck as a tool for non-commutative cohomology in degree 2.

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Central extension gives a gerbe over stack

Consider a central extension of Lie groups $1\rightarrow S^1\rightarrow \hat{G}\xrightarrow{\pi} G\rightarrow 1$. I understand that this mean $\pi:\hat{G}\rightarrow G$ is a surjective homomorphism ...
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Understanding the definition of $G$-gerbe

In Introduction to Differentiable Stacks Gregory Ginot defines a $G$-gerbe as the following. Let $G$ be a Lie group. A $G$-gerbe over a stack $\mathcal{C}$ is a gerbe over stack $\mathcal{D}\...
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Examples of of gerbe over stacks in terms of manifolds

I am looking for some examples of gerbes over stacks (as defined in Understanding definition of gerbe over a stack) that comes from manifolds. Let $M$ be a manifold then $\underline{M}$ is a stack ...
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“Gerbes” in the cobordism theory

In a lecture I attended today, I heard the use of gerbes in the cobordism theory. Previously, I use cobordism theory, but I never encounter the term "gerbes" when I work on bordism or cobordism group ...
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Is a gerbe over a manifold is a special case of a gerbe over a stack?

There is a notion of Gerbe over a Manifold and a notion of Gerbe over a stack. Given a manifold $M$, there is a way to associate a stack $\underline{M}$ with it and this gives an embedding of ...
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Understanding definition of gerbe over a stack

I am reading Differentiable Stacks and Gerbes by Kai Behrend and Ping Xu. They define gerbe over a stack as follows. Let $\mathfrak{X}$ be a differentiable stack. An $\mathfrak{S}$-stack $\...
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Cohomological description of gerbes over stacks (orbifolds)

When understanding about gerbe over a manifold $X$ from Hitchin - Lectures on special Lagrangian submanifolds it is said that We are basically in gerbe territory (for smooth manifolds) if any one ...
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Differential gerbes as groupoid extensions

I started reading Non abelian differential gerbes https://arxiv.org/abs/math/0511696v5 It says in abstract : We study non-abelian differentiable gerbes over stacks using the theory of Lie ...
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gerbes over orbifolds

I am reading Orbifolds from Ieke Moerdijk’s paper https://arxiv.org/abs/math/0203100 In that they define orbifold as some sort of Lie groupoids. In that the author concludes the paper by defining ...
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Cocycle description of gerbes

I am trying to understand cocycle description of gerbes as in https://arxiv.org/pdf/math/0611317.pdf. Let $\mathcal{P}$ be a gerbe on a topological space $X$ i.e., $\mathcal{P}$ is a stack over ...
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Crossed modules in context of gerbes

Question : How does Crossed modules comes into the set up of gerbes. I am reading notes on 1- and 2-gerbes by Lawrence Breen. Once he defines torsors, he introduces notion of crossed modules. It was ...
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holonomy of connection on gerbes

I am reading this notes of Hitchin to understand about gerbes. He defines gerbe by giving a collection of $2$ cocycles $g_{\alpha\beta\gamma}:U_\alpha\cap U_\beta\cap U_\gamma\rightarrow S^1$ with ...
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Confusion in definition of Gerbes in Hitchin's notes

I am reading Nigel Hitchin's notes to understand about gerbes. It starts the article by saying the following : Before giving a definition, it’s worthwhile to recognize when we, as mathematicians,...
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Connection on a Principal bundle and transition functions, as in Hitchin's notes

This is along the lines of this question Gerbes are not just topological objects: we can do differential geometry with them too. We shall next describe what a connection on a gerbe is. To ...
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Trivializations of gerbes as generalisation of trivializations of line bundles

I understood gerbes as generalization of line bundle here. In this, I am trying to understand how to generalize notion of trivialization of line bundle to the notion of trivialization of gerbes. I ...
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References on Gerbes

I am looking for some references related to gerbes and their differential geometry. Almost every article I have seen that is related to gerbes there is a common reference that is Giraud's book ...
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What is there in the book Cohomologie non abélienne by Jean Giraud

These days I am trying to understand about stacks and gerbes. Most of the articles that has something to do with gerbes cite this work Cohomologie non abélienne by Jean Giraud. I do not read the ...
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Differential geometry of gerbes

A gerb on a topological space $X$ is a stack of groupoids $\mathcal{F}$ on the site $\mathcal{O}(X)$ where the category is the category of open sets on $X$ with its obvious Grothendieck topology ...
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What is an example of a non-abelian gerbe with connection?

Abelian gerbes can arise from obstructions to lifting a principal $C$-bundle to a principal $B$-bundle given some central extension $0\to A \to B \to C \to 0$ or as a representative of a cohomology ...
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Categorical formalism for higher non-abelian group cohomology / obstruction theory for gerbes?

I'm sure this is very well known but I haven't found any references for this searching the internet so hence the question: What's the neat abstract framework for obstruction theory for non-abelian ...
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Sections of gerbes that can “vanish”

The notion of bundle gerbe is a categorification of line bundles/principal $U(1)$-bundles, and comes in two presentations: a linear version (with $Line_\mathbb{C}$-enriched underlying groupoid) and a ...
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Residual gerbe and field of moduli

I am studying residual gerbes from Laumon Moret-Bailly and I would like to know if the residue field of the residue gerbe has the following property. I am a beginner in this subject so I find ...
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On $G$-gerbes over the punctured disk

Let $G$ be a finite (not necessarily abelian) group and let $\mathcal{X}\to D^*$ be a $G$-gerbe over the punctured disk $D^*$. Is there a finite etale cover $D^*\to \mathcal{X}$? I think of $G$-...
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Phenomena of Gerbes

What is your favourite example of Gerbes? I would like to know Where do we find Gerbes in "nature"? The examples could vary from String theory to Galois theory. For example my favourite examples of ...
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Gerbes on the multiplicative group

Let $k$ be an arbitrary field with absolute Galois group $\Gamma$. The group $\text{Hom}(\Gamma,\mathbb{Q}/\mathbb{Z})$ injects into $H^2(\mathbb{A}^1 \setminus \{ 0 \},\mathbb{G}_m)$, as one can see ...
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Smooth algebraic stacks with precisely two $\mathbb C$-objects

In my quest of "understanding" stacks, I recently tried to figure out the structure of a smooth algebraic stack of finite type $\mathcal X$ over $\mathbb C$ with affine diagonal and precisely one $\...
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Fiberwise criterion for a stack to be a gerbe

Let $f:X\to Y$ be a morphism of algebraic stacks. If the geometric fibres of $f$ are algebraic spaces, then $f$ is representable by algebraic spaces. I'm wondering about analogues of this fiberwise ...
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Are there any non-trivial $G$-gerbes over the analytic space $\mathbb C$

Does there exist a finite (abstract) group $G$ and a non-trivial $G$-gerbe $\mathcal X\to \mathbb C$, where we work in the category of analytic stacks. My guess is that $G$-gerbes for $G$ an abelian ...
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Writing down gerbes explicitly over the projective line

Let $X = [\mathbb P^1/(\mathbb Z/2\mathbb Z)]$, where we take the trivial action of $\mathbb Z/2\mathbb Z$ on $\mathbb P^1$. Is this DM stack over $\mathbb C$ a gerbe over $\mathbb P^1$? Is it the ...
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Gerbes and Stacks

The definition of a gerbe on a smooth manifold that I know is that - after fixing an open cover $U_i$, a gerbe consists of the data of line bundles $L_{ij}$ on two-fold-intersections $U_{ij}$, ...
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Connection on 3-bundle given as triplet of forms

A connection on a bundle is given locally by a Lie algebra-valued 1-form. Gauge transformations act in the usual way on the forms, and form a groupoid. A connection on a 2-bundle is given locally by ...
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Where are there defined objects between gerbes and bundle gerbes?

Consider a special kind of/something like a gerbe where there is first given local trivialization data with equivalence over 2-fold overlaps but not isomorphism. Does this exist in the literature?
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Gabber's proof of Br' = Br for quasiprojective schemes

In a note by deJong showing the cohomological and ordinary Brauer groups coincide for separated quasicompact schemes with ample line bundle, it is mentioned that Gabber had an unpublished proof of the ...
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Are deformations of a scheme some kind of a “derived gerbe” under the cotangent complex?

(This is probably a very naive question. My understanding of the cotangent complex is quite vague.) Let me first recall the picture for deformations of a smooth morphism: If $f:X_0\to S_0$ is a ...
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Differential Geometry of (Non-Abelian) Gerbes in the language of Brylinski

Context In an effort to have a definition for connection on a non-abelian gerbe, in the style of Brylinski, I am reading Breen and Messing's Differential Geometry of Gerbes [BM]. It seems that there ...
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Second nonabelian group cohomology: cocycles vs. gerbes

In 1965 Jean Giraud published two Comptes Rendus notes titled "Cohomologie non abélienne", and in 1971 he published a book with the same title. In 1966 Tonny A. Springer's paper "Nonabelian $H^2$ in ...
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gluing gerbes over a spectrum of a field

A theorem of Giraud says that gerbes over a scheme $X$ bounded by a sheaf of Abelian groups $A$ are classified by elements of the etale cohomology group $H^2(X,A)$. Similar statements hold in other ...
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Mayer-Vietoris on Fibered Products

Suppose $M \xrightarrow{p} X$ is a surjective submersion of smooth manifolds. Define the fibered product in this case: $$M \times_X M = \{ (m_1, m_2) \in M \times M | p(m_1) = p(m_2) \}$$ and let $U =...
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Constructing a stack (gerbe) from a connected groupoid

Let $\mathcal{G}=(A\rightrightarrows X)$ be a groupoid. Here $X={\rm Ob}(\mathcal{G})$, $A={\rm Ar}(\mathcal{G})$, and we have 5 maps: $s,t\colon A\to X$ (the source and the target, surjective), $m\...
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The Abelian Group of Equivalence Classes of Gerbes

Are there any good references/explanations for understanding the "contracted product" (as Brylinski calls it) of a gerbe with abelian band? I am finding it difficult, using Brylisnki's definition. to ...
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Twisting an object P by an H-Torsor I

I am reading Brylinski's Loop Spaces, Characteristic Classes, and Geometric Quantization. The Statement Let $C$ be a gerbe on a space $X$ with "abelian" band $H$, $f: Y \to X$ a local homeomorphism (...
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A Fourier-Mukai type duality for gerbes, torsors and their duals

Here is a result whose proof uses Fourier-Mukai duality: Consider a family of abelian varieties $A \rightarrow X$, its dual $\check{A} \rightarrow X$, and a torsor $\mathcal{T}$ (for $A \rightarrow X$...
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Geometrizing the Third Cohomology of a Complex Lie Group

If $G_\mathbb{C}$ is a simply-connected simple complex Lie group, theorem 5.4.10 of Brylinski's "Loop Spaces, Characteristic Classes, and Geometric Quantization" claims that there is a natural $\...
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Recovering classical Tannaka duality from Lurie's version for geometric stacks

In Lurie's paper Tannaka Duality for Geometric Stacks, it is essentially shown that specifying a morphism of geometric objects $$ f \colon X \to Y$$ is equivalent to giving a corresponding pullback ...
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Is the first differential Pontryagin class a morphism of stacks?

In Cech Cocycles for Characteristic Classes, Jean-Luc Brylinski and Dennis McLaughlin provide explicit formulas for Cech cocycles for characteristic classes of real and complex vector bundles, and ...
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Are bundle gerbes bundles of algebras?

The category of line bundles (possibly with connection) on a smooth manifold M can be defined in two different ways: The first definition uses transition functions that satisfy a cocycle condition (...
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Bundle Gerbes as Characteristic Classes

Perhaps this is a bit naïve, but I was wondering if it possible to (at least formally) represent Bundle Gerbes as Characteristic Classes. Disclaimer: My understanding of Bundle Gerbes is limited to ...
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What's a good reference about gerbes and bands?

I've seen several papers that I would like to read that use the language of gerbes and bands. The wiki page on gerbes is useful, but doesn't even contain the word 'band', so I'm left confused even ...
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Why do gerbes live in H^2?

Line bundles on a scheme $X$ live in $H^1(X,O_X^*)$, where $O_{X}^{*}$ is the sheaf of invertible functions. If $X$ is noetherian separated, then we can think of this $H^1$ to be Cech cohmology w.r.t....
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Algebraic versus Analytic Brauer Group

Let $X$ be a smooth projective algebraic variety over $\mathbb{C}$. Then I think that someone (Serre?) showed that the Cohomological Etale Brauer Group agrees with the torsion part of the Analytic ...