Complex Line Bundles over Simplicial Complexes

Felix Knöppel, Ulrich Pinkall


Discrete vector bundles are important in Physics and recently found remarkable applications in Computer Graphics. This article approaches discrete bundles from the viewpoint of Discrete Differential Geometry, including a complete classification of discrete vector bundles over finite simplicial complexes. In particular, a discrete analogue of a theorem of André Weil on the classification of hermitian line bundles is obtained.
To each discrete hermitian line bundle with curvature a unique piecewise-smooth hermitian line bundle of piecewise constant curvature is associated. This can be used to define a discrete Dirichlet energy which generalizes the well-known cotangent Laplace operator to discrete hermitian line bundles over Euclidean simplicial manifolds of arbitrary dimension.

Dr. Felix Knöppel   +

Projects: C07
University: TU Berlin
E-Mail: knoeppel[at]

Prof. Dr. Ulrich Pinkall   +

Projects: A05, C07
University: TU Berlin, Institut für Mathematik, MA 822
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E-Mail: pinkall[at]