These are expository lectures reviewing (1) recent developments in two-dimensional Yang-Mills theory, and (2) the construction of topological field theory Lagrangians. Topological field theory is discussed from the point of view of infinite-dimensional differential geometry. We emphasize the unifying role of equivariant cohomology both as the underlying principle in the formulation of BRST transformation laws and as a central concept in the geometrical interpretation of topological field theory path integrals.
Nuclear Physics B Proceedings Supplements
- Pub Date:
- April 1995
- High Energy Physics - Theory
- 247 pages (280 pages "l" mode), 60 figures. Lectures presented at the 1994 Les Houches Summer School ``Fluctuating Geometries in Statistical Mechanics and Field Theory.'' (also available at http://xxx.lanl.gov/lh94/ ). replaced to correct inessential typos