Rozansky-Witten theory, Rozansky-Witten invariant, Rozansky-Witten class
Rozansky and Witten constructed an isometry invariant of hyper-Kähler manifolds, which depends also on a trivalent graph. Kontsevich has shown an approach to Rozansky-Witten invariants via characteristic classes of foliations and Gelʹfand-Fuks cohomology. He devised a formal construction, again depending on a trivalent graph of a cohomology class of the Lie algebra of formal (in the sense of formal power series) Hamiltonian vector fields on any arbitrary finite-dimensional symplectic vector space. Characteristic classes of foliations may induce examples where this construction applies; one of the examples yields Rozansky-Witten classes.
Stimulated by Kontsevich’s 1997 letters to Victor Ginzburg and Witten, Kapranov has approached the RW invariants for all trivalent graphs at once via a single Atiyah class. This construction gives essentially a clever repackaging of the Kontsevich’s construction.
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Maxim Kontsevich, Rozansky–Witten invariants via formal geometry, Compositio Mathematica 115: 115–127, 1999, doi, arXiv:dg-ga/9704009, MR2000h:57057
Mikhail Kapranov, Rozansky–Witten invariants via Atiyah classes, Compositio Math. 115 (1999), no. 1, 71–113, MR2000h:57056, doi, alg-geom/9704009
Jian Qiu, Maxim Zabzine, Odd Chern-Simons theory, Lie algebra cohomology and characteristic classes, arxiv/0912.1243