nLab Dirac charge quantization and generalized differential cohomology

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Differential cohomology

differential cohomology

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• Dan Freed, Dirac charge quantization and generalized differential cohomology Surveys in Differential Geometry, Int. Press, Somerville, MA, 2000, pp. 129–194 (arXiv:hep-th/0011220)

This discusses how differential cohomology – specifically ordinary differential cohomology and differential K-theory – is the correct formalism for describing gauge fields and higher gauge fields in physics and string theory (such as higher U(1)-gauge fields like the electromagnetic field, the Kalb-Ramond field and the supergravity C-field, and also the RR-field) and the quantum anomaly of their action functionals.

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Revised on October 11, 2012 14:52:18 by Urs Schreiber (194.78.185.20)