Localization and Donaldson-Witten Theory - A Quick Survey

  • Gregory L. Naber (Drexel University, USA + MPI MiS, Leipzig)
A3 01 (Sophus-Lie room)


Here I will try to describe the motivation behind the lecture series by discussing, quite informally, Cartan's generalization of the Chern-Weil construction of characteristic classes in equivariant cohomology, the Mathai-Quillen repesentatives of the Thom and Euler classes, the phenomenon of localization and a formal extension of these finite-dimensional theorems by Atiyah-Jeffrey to an infinite-dimensional context related to the Donaldson invariants and Witten'S (1988) topoloigical quantum field theory. The remaining lectures will provide a few more detials on the localization theorems.

Katharina Matschke

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