December  2013, 5(4): 433-444. doi: 10.3934/jgm.2013.5.433

A geometric approach to discrete connections on principal bundles

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Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo – C.N.E.A., Av. Bustillo 9500, San Carlos de Bariloche, R8402AGP

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Departamento de Matemática, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas, Universidad Nacional de La Plata, 50 y 115, La Plata, Buenos Aires, 1900, Argentina

Received  May 2013 Revised  October 2013 Published  December 2013

This work revisits, from a geometric perspective, the notion of discrete connection on a principal bundle, introduced by M. Leok, J. Marsden and A. Weinstein. It provides precise definitions of discrete connection, discrete connection form and discrete horizontal lift and studies some of their basic properties and relationships. An existence result for discrete connections on principal bundles equipped with appropriate Riemannian metrics is proved.
Citation: Javier Fernández, Marcela Zuccalli. A geometric approach to discrete connections on principal bundles. Journal of Geometric Mechanics, 2013, 5 (4) : 433-444. doi: 10.3934/jgm.2013.5.433
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References:
[1]

H. Cendra, J. E. Marsden and T. S. Ratiu, Geometric mechanics, Lagrangian reduction, and nonholonomic systems,, in Mathematics Unlimited-2001 and Beyond, (2001), 221.

[2]

_______, Lagrangian reduction by stages,, Mem. Amer. Math. Soc., 152 (2001). doi: 10.1090/memo/0722.

[3]

J. Fernández, C. Tori and M. Zuccalli, Lagrangian reduction of nonholonomic discrete mechanical systems,, J. Geom. Mech., 2 (2010), 69. doi: 10.3934/jgm.2010.2.69.

[4]

_______, Lagrangian reduction of discrete mechanical systems by stages,, in preparation., ().

[5]

V. Guillemin and A. Pollack, Differential Topology,, Prentice-Hall, (1974).

[6]

R. Hermann, A sufficient condition that a mapping of Riemannian manifolds be a fibre bundle,, Proc. Amer. Math. Soc., 11 (1960), 236. doi: 10.1090/S0002-9939-1960-0112151-4.

[7]

S. Kobayashi and K. Nomizu, Foundations of Differential Geometry. Vol. I,, Reprint of the 1963 original, (1963).

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M. Leok, Foundations of Computational Geometric Mechanics,, Ph.D. thesis, (2004).

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M. Leok, J. E. Marsden and A. Weinstein, A discrete theory of connections on principal bundles,, , (2005).

[10]

J. C. Marrero, D. Martín de Diego and E. Martínez, Discrete Lagrangian and Hamiltonian mechanics on Lie groupoids,, Nonlinearity, 19 (2006), 1313. doi: 10.1088/0951-7715/19/6/006.

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J. E. Marsden and M. West, Discrete mechanics and variational integrators,, Acta Numer., 10 (2001), 357. doi: 10.1017/S096249290100006X.

[12]

J. Milnor, Morse Theory,, Based on lecture notes by M. Spivak and R. Wells, (1963).

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