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Loop Spaces, Characteristic Classes and Geometric Quantization

Loop Spaces, Characteristic Classes and Geometric Quantization (Hardback)

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This book deals with the differential geometry of manifolds, loop spaces, line bundles and groupoids, and the relations of this geometry to mathematical physics. Recent developments in mathematical physics (e.g., in knot theory, gauge theory and topological quantum field theory) have led mathematicians and physicists to look for new geometric structures on manifolds and to seek a synthesis of ideas from geometry, topology and category theory. In this spirit this book develops the differential geometry associated to the topology and obstruction theory of certain fibre bundles (more precisely, associated to gerbes). The new theory is a 3-dimensional analogue of the familiar Kostant-Weil theory of line bundles. In particular the curvature now becomes a 3-form. Applications presented in the book involve anomaly line bundles on loop spaces and anomaly functionals, central extensions of loop groups, Kaehler geometry of the space of knots, Cheeger-Chern-Simons secondary characteristic classes, and group cohomology. Finally, the last chapter deals with the Dirac monopole and Dirac's quantization of the electrical charge.

The book will be of interest to topologists, geometers, Lie theorists and mathematical physicists, as well as to operator algebraists. It is written for graduate students and researchers, and will be an excellent textbook. It has a self-contained introduction to the theory of sheaves and their cohomology, line bundles and geometric prequantization a la Kostant-Souriau.

Science & MathematicsMathematicsGeometryDifferential & Riemannian geometry Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag AG Publication Date: 01/12/1992 ISBN-13: 9783764336448  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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