We give an overview of differential cohomology from a modern, homotopy-theoretic perspective in terms of sheaves on manifolds. Although modern techniques are used, we base our discussion in the classical precursors to this modern approach, such as Chern-Weil theory and differential characters, and include the necessary background to increase accessibility. Special treatment is given to differential characteristic classes, including a differential lift of the first Pontryagin class. Multiple applications, including to configuration spaces, invertible field theories, and conformal immersions, are also discussed. This book is based on talks given at MIT's Juvitop seminar jointly with UT Austin in the Fall of 2019.
- Pub Date:
- September 2021
- Mathematics - Algebraic Topology;
- High Energy Physics - Theory;
- Mathematics - Differential Geometry
- Comments very welcome! 232 pages. Edited by: A. Amabel, A. Debray, P. Haine. Talks by: A. Amabel, D. Chua, A. Debray, S. Devalapurkar, D. Freed, P. Haine, M. Hopkins, G. Parker, C. Reid, and A. Zhang