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### What is Chern-Simons theory expected to assign to a point?

Let $G$ be a compact, connected, (simply connected?) Lie group and let $k \in H^4(BG, \mathbb{Z})$ be a cohomology class. Witten showed, at a physical level of rigor, that this data determines a ...

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### Interpreting the CS/WZW correspondence

It is understood that there is a correspondence between the 3d Chern-Simons topological quantum field theory (TQFT) and the 2d Wess-Zumino-Witten conformal quantum field theory (CQFT). A good summary ...

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### Classical and Quantum Chern-Simons Theory

Please excuse a sloppy question from an old user who hasn't been here in a long time. I think the expertise here is such that it can be answered anyway.
Let $\Sigma$ be a two-manifold and $M$ a ...

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### The trace of a wedge product of matrices

I'm trying understand a computation on page 371 of Besse's book on Einstein Manifolds.
I already know the curvature operator $R:\bigwedge^2\to\bigwedge^2$ may be written in block diagonal form ...

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### Gauss linking integral and quadratic reciprocity

In the setting of Mazur's "primes and knots" analogy, prime ideals $\mathfrak p\subset\mathcal O_K$ correspond to "knots" $\operatorname{Spec}\mathcal O_K/\mathfrak p$ inside a "3-manifold" ...

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### H^d[U(1)^n,U(1)] of the Borel cohomology and Chern-Simons theory

Firstly I apologize that I am a physicist, with a relatively unrigorous math training. My approach of the problem can be Feynman style. Below $Z$ is the integer $\mathbb{Z}$, and $U(1)$ Abelian group ...

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### How to understand Chern-Simons action

Hi all. The question I have should be a rather simple one, but I just can't think it through.
So the Chern-Simons action reads
\begin{equation}
S = \int_M {\rm tr} (A\wedge dA + \frac{2}{3} A\wedge A ...

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### Understand Witten's “QFT and Jones Polynomials” - how does he get to the twisted Dirac operator L_{-}?

Hi,
this is my first post here, so I hope I am asking the question the right way.
I am trying to understand to following piece of algebra:
In his paper, Witten claims that $\int_M Tr(B \wedge DB) + ...

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### The Chern-Simons/Wess-Zumino-Witten correspondence

I have often seen a relationship being alluded to between these two theories but I am unable to find any literature which proves/derives/explains this relationship.
I guess in the condensed matter ...

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### Analog of “Spin” Chern-Simons Theory

3-dimensional Chern-Simons theories, with compact gauge group $G$, are determined by $H^4(BG)$. Looking at $U(1)$, with generator $c_1^2\in H^4(BU(1))=\mathbb{Z}$ for 1st Chern class $c_1$, there are ...

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### Set of physical states of FQHE on closed Riemann surface = ?

Disclaimer. One might argue that my question is off topic as it is clearly a question about physics... But I'd like a mathematically phrased answer,
and I expect that only a mathematician can offer an ...

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### Is the quantum dilogarithm related in any way to cohomology of quantum groups?

Is the quantum dilogarithm related in any way to cohomology of quantum groups?
This question is a bit vague, and I don't have any rigorous justification for such a connection, but let me explain ...

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### Is there a simplicial volume definition of Chern Simons invariants?

Suppose we have some compact hyperbolic 3-manifold $M=\Gamma\backslash\mathbb H^3$. Now we know that the hyperbolic volume of $M$ can be defined as (a constant times) the simplicial volume of the ...

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### SL(2,C) Chern-Simons theory in genus 1

In http://projecteuclid.org/DPubS?service=UI&version=1.0&verb=Display&handle=euclid.cmp/1104202513, Witten claims (p. 54) that to quantize the moduli space of flat $SL(2,\mathbb{C})$ ...

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### Deriving the Hilbert spaces for Chern-Simons TQFTs with complex gauge group

One method for finding the Hilbert spaces corresponding to surfaces in Chern-Simons TQFT is by geometrically quantizing the phase space, which is just the character variety of the surface. I know that ...

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### Why does the Cheeger--Chern--Simons class descend to H_3(G/B)?

Cheeger and Simons here defined a family of characteristic classes for principal $G$-bundles ($G$ a Lie group). I'm interested in the special case of $\hat c_2:H_3(SL(2,\mathbb C);\mathbb ...

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### How to interpret sections over the SU(2) character variety as sections over the SL(2,C) character variety?

The motivation for this question comes from the Volume Conjecture of Kashaev-Murakami-Murakami. The Jones family of invariants of knots and $3$-manifolds can all be defined using $SU(2)$ and some ...

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### Is there a general dilogarithm formula for the Cheeger--Chern--Simons class?

I'm looking for a generalization of the calculation of the hyperbolic volume and Chern--Simons invariant for $\operatorname{SL}(2,\mathbb C)$ representations in terms of the Rogers dilogarithm.
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### monodromy defects and Chern-Simons

In the context of string theory I recently read "The formulation of Chern-Simons theory in terms of monodromy defects can be carried through all the dualities of the present paper, leading to ...

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### What is the trace in the Chern-Simons action?

Warning: This is a very stupid question regarding a basic misunderstanding that I have. I realize that the question is very elementary, but I guess asking stupid questions is better than remaining ...

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### Some basic questions about Chern-Simons theory

Let the Chern-Simons lagrangian for a group $G$ be,
$$L= k \epsilon^{\mu \nu \rho} Tr[A_\mu \partial _ \nu A_\rho + \frac{2}{3} A_\mu A_\nu A_\rho]$$
Then it is claimed that on "infinitesimal" ...

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### Is there a volume conjecture for closed 3-manifolds?

A typical statement of the volume conjecture, for instance in Murakami's survey 1002.0126, is
Conjecture: For $K$ a knot in $S^3$, the N-th colored Jones polynomials are related to the volume of ...

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### What is Chern-Simons theory?

What is Chern-Simons theory? I have read the wikipedia entry, but it's pretty physics-y and I wasn't really able to get any sense for what Chern-Simons theory really is in terms of mathematics.
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