nLab Characteristic forms and geometric invariants

Context

$\infty$-Chern-Simons theory

∞-Chern-Weil theory

∞-Chern-Simons theory

∞-Wess-Zumino-Witten theory

Examples

This entry is to record the reference

This is the origin of the notion of Chern-Simons forms and their conception as secondary characteristic classes, which led to the refinement of the Chern-Weil homomorphism by Cheeger-Simons differential characters.

This is also where Chern-Simons theory derives its name from.

category: reference

Created on August 26, 2011 17:27:09 by Urs Schreiber (82.113.99.51)