We construct a derived pushforward of the r-th root of the universal line bundle over the Picard stack of genus g prestable curves carrying a line bundle. We prove a number of basic properties, and give a formula in terms of standard tautological generators. After pullback, our formula recovers formulae of Mumford, of the first-named author, and of Pagani--Ricolfi--van Zelm. We apply these constructions to prove a conjecture expressing the coefficients of higher powers of r in the so-called `Chiodo classes' to the double ramification cycle, and to give a formula for the r-spin logarithmic double ramification cycle.