Hurwitz spaces are homotopy quotients of the braid group action on the moduli space of principal bundles over a punctured plane. By considering a certain model for this homotopy quotient we build an aspherical topological operad that we call the little bundles operad. As our main result, we describe this operad as a groupoid-valued operad in terms of generators and relations and prove that the categorical little bundles algebras are precisely braided G –crossed categories in the sense of Turaev. Moreover, we prove that the evaluation on the circle of a homotopical two-dimensional equivariant topological field theory yields a little bundles algebra up to coherent homotopy.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geometry and Topology