Quantum Gauge Theories and Noncommutative Geometry
Abstract
I review results from recent investigations of anomalies in fermionYang Mills systems in which basic notions from noncommutative geometry (NCG) where found to naturally appear. The general theme is that derivations of anomalies from quantum field theory lead to objects which have a natural interpretation as generalization of de Rham forms to NCG, and that this allows a geometric interpretation of anomaly derivations which is useful e.g. for making these calculations efficient. This paper is intended as selfcontained introduction to this line of ideas, including a review of some basic facts about anomalies. I first explain the notions from NCG needed and then discuss several different anomaly calculations: Schwinger terms in 1+1 and 3+1 dimensional current algebras, ChernSimons terms from effective fermion actions in arbitrary odd dimensions. I also discuss the descent equations which summarize much of the geometric structure of anomalies, and I describe that these have a natural generalization to NCG which summarize the corresponding structures on the level of quantum field theory. Contribution to Proceedings of workshop `New Ideas in the Theory of Fundamental Interactions', Szczyrk, Poland 1995; to appear in Acta Physica Polonica B.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 August 1996
 DOI:
 10.48550/arXiv.hepth/9608003
 arXiv:
 arXiv:hepth/9608003
 Bibcode:
 1996hep.th....8003L
 Keywords:

 High Energy Physics  Theory
 EPrint:
 16 pages, latex, no figures