Differential Characters

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Springer, Jul 31, 2014 - Mathematics - 187 pages

Providing a systematic introduction to differential characters as introduced by Cheeger and Simons, this text describes important concepts such as fiber integration, higher dimensional holonomy, transgression, and the product structure in a geometric manner. Differential characters form a model of what is nowadays called differential cohomology, which is the mathematical structure behind the higher gauge theories in physics.

 

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Differential Characters and Geometric Chains
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Relative differential cohomology
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