Mon, 24th Aug 2009 (Research :: Papers)
Formerly, Constructing Smooth Loop Spaces
We consider the general problem of constructing the structure of a smooth manifold on a given space of loops in a smooth finite dimensional manifold. By generalising the standard construction for smooth loops, we derive a list of conditions for the model space which, if satisfied, mean that a smooth structure exists.
We also show how various desired properties can be derived from the model space; for example, topological properties such as paracompactness. We pay particular attention to the fact that the loop spaces that can be defined in this way are all homotopy equivalent; and also to the action of the circle by rigid rotations.