1st Edition

Geometry and Physics

ISBN 9780824797911
Published October 11, 1996 by CRC Press
768 Pages

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Book Description

"Based on the proceedings of the Special Session on Geometry and Physics held over a six month period at the University of Aarhus, Denmark and on articles from the Summer school held at Odense University, Denmark. Offers new contributions on a host of topics that involve physics, geometry, and topology. Written by more than 50 leading international experts."

Table of Contents

Opening address: geometry and physics - where we going? Summer School notes: Floer homology, A-infinity categories and topological field theory; quantum field theory, equivalent cohomology, symplectic geometry, and moduli spaces of vector bundles on Riemann surfaces; notes on Seiberg-Witten invariants; an introduction to the topology of the moduli space of stable bundles on a Riemann surface; the fundamental theorem of Vassiliev invariants. Conference and workshop papers: configuration spaces and imbedding problems; topology of the space of SU(2)-monopoles in R3; recent progress on Kahler-Einstein metrics; the ODE system arising from cohomogeneity One Einstein metrics; Einstein metrics on complex surfaces; BPS states as symplectic invariants from string theory; determinants line bundles revisited; on representations of spin mapping class groups arising in spin TQFT; the symplectic S-Cobodism conjecture - a summary; Hamiltonian Torus action; a new proof of the convexity theorem for the poisson-lie moment map; symplectic 4-manifolds with b2+=1; compact manifolds with exceptional holonomy; fusion product of positive level representations and lie algebra homology; affine connections on involutive G-structures; observations on the topology of symmetric spaces; hyperkahler metrics on cotangent bundles of Hermitian symmetric spaces; decomposable self-dual manifolds; the SU infinity - Toda filed equation and special four-dimensional metrics; the structure of quaternionic Kahler quotients; overview and warmup example for perturbation theory with instantons; a note on free composition of subfactors. (Part contents).

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