Daniel Freed is a mathematician at University of Texas, Austin.
Freed’s work revolves around the mathematical ingredients and foundations of modern quantum field theory and of string theory, notably in its more subtle aspects related to quantum anomaly cancellation (which he was maybe the first to write a clean mathematical account of). In the article Higher Algebraic Structures and Quantization (1992) he envisioned much of the use of higher category theory and higher algebra in quantum field theory and specifically in the problem of quantization, which has – and still is – becoming more widely recognized only much later. He recognized and emphasized the role of differential cohomology in physics for the description of higher gauge fields and their anomaly cancellation. Much of his work focuses on the nature of the Freed-Witten anomaly in the quantization of the superstring and the development of the relevant tools in supergeometry, and notably in K-theory and differential K-theory. More recently Freed aims to mathematically capture the 6d (2,0)-superconformal QFT.
Dedicated entries:
On spin geometry, Dirac operators and index theory:
On quantum anomalies via index theory:
Jean-Michel Bismut, Daniel Freed, The analysis of elliptic families. I. Metrics and connections on determinant bundles , Comm. Math. Phys. 106 (1986), no. 1, 159–176 (doi:10.1007/BF01210930, euclid:1104115586)
Jean-Michel Bismut, Daniel Freed, The analysis of elliptic families. II. Dirac operators, eta invariants, and the holonomy theorem , Comm. Math. Phys. 107 (1986), no. 1, 103–163 (doi:10.1007/BF01206955, euclid:1104115934)
On instantons and 4-manifolds:
On topological quantum field theory:
On mathematical foundations of superalgebra, supergeometry and supersymmetry:
and focus on signs in supergeometry:
On twisted equivariant K-theory with an eye towards twisted ad-equivariant K-theory:
On quantization of the electromagnetic field in view of Dirac charge quantization:
Daniel S. Freed, Gregory W. Moore, Graeme Segal, p. 7 of: The Uncertainty of Fluxes, Commun. Math. Phys. 271:247-274, 2007 (arXiv:hep-th/0605198, doi:10.1007/s00220-006-0181-3)
Daniel Freed, Gregory Moore, Graeme Segal, Heisenberg Groups and Noncommutative Fluxes, Annals Phys. 322:236-285 (2007) (arXiv:hep-th/0605200)
On twisted ad-equivariant K-theory of compact Lie groups and the identification with the Verlinde ring of positive energy representations of their loop group:
Daniel S. Freed, Michael Hopkins, Constantin Teleman,
Loop Groups and Twisted K-Theory I,
J. Topology, 4 (2011), 737-789
Loop Groups and Twisted K-Theory II,
J. Amer. Math. Soc. 26 (2013), 595-644
Loop Groups and Twisted K-Theory III,
Annals of Mathematics, Volume 174 (2011) 947-1007
Daniel S. Freed, Constantin Teleman,
Dirac families for loop groups as matrix factorizations,
Comptes Rendus Mathematique, Volume 353, Issue 5, May 2015, Pages 415-419
On the cobordism hypothesis:
On formalizing short-range entanglement in topological phases of matter via invertible topological field theories:
On classification of invertible TQFTs via reflection positivity:
On spectral networks and Chern-Simons theory with complex gauge group:
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