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Spin structure for varieties, especially finite field

I wonder about the notion of a spin structure for varieties over any field and results in this direction. For example, I wonder if there is something like a spin-bundle for the sphere $x^2+y^2+z^2=R^2$...
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Spin^c structures on manifolds with almost complex structure

Let $M$ be a smooth even-dimensional manifold. Is it true that for each almost-complex structure $J$ on $M$ there exists a canonical spin$^c$ structure $S_J$ associated to $J$ ? (I've read this ...
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$p$-forms acting on spinors

I'm trying to understand the paper by Atiyah, Hitchin and Singer called: ''Self-duality in four dimensional Riemannian geometry", available here. I'm stuck at the point where it explains how the $p$-...
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Converse to Lichnerowicz Vanishing Theorem?

The Lichnerowicz vanishing theorem says that if on a compact 4-dimensional spin manifold there exists a metric whose scalar curvature $R>0$, then there are no harmonic spinors; $$D\psi=0 \implies \...
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Transitivity of $Spin(7)$ in triples of vectors

I have a simple question: transitivity of $Spin(7)$ in triples of orthogonal vectors. Let $Spin(7)\subset SO(8)$ act on $\mathbb{R}^8$, and $e_1,e_2,e_3$, $v_1,v_2,v_3$ be two triples of mutually ...
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Index of Modified Dirac Operator

Let's say we have an oriented compact 4-d Riemannian spin manifold $(M,g)$. Everybody who's anybody has heard about the index of the Dirac operator $D: S^+\rightarrow S-$; it's the $\hat{A}$-genus, ...
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Some questions on the nodal geometry of Dirac operators

Let me begin by quoting a well-known result of Christian Baer (see here). The result goes as follows: Theorem (Baer): Consider a connected $n$-dimensional Riemannian manifold with Dirac bundle $S$ ...
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The Operator $\overline{\partial} + \overline{\partial}^*$ on an Hermitian Manifold

Every compact Kähler manifold has a canonical $spin^c$ structure. Moreover, the associated Dirac operator is isomorphic to $\overline{\partial} + \overline{\partial}^*$, acting on $\Omega^{(0,\bullet)}...
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Parallel Transport on Hypersurface Spinor Bundle

So this has been driving me up a wall. I'm trying to digest parts of the Parker & Taubes paper, "On Witten's Proof of the Positive Energy Theorem." Here's a link: https://projecteuclid.org/...
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What is the “quaternionic” super Brauer group?

In addition to the two reasonably well-known categories $\mathrm{SuperVect}_{\mathbb R}$ and $\mathrm{SuperVect}_{\mathbb C}$ of real and complex super vector spaces, each of which is monoidally ...
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Spaces of Killing spinors for different orientation

Simply put, I want to understand how a change of orientation on a Riemannian spin manifold can change the space of Killing spinors. To be more precise: Let $M$ be a spin manifold (i.e. the first and ...
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How and why did mathematicians develop spin-manifolds in differential geometry?

First of all, I am neither a physicist nor a mathematician. And I am afraid that mathoverflow is not a suitable place for my question, but having asked similar questions on math SE it is obvious that ...
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Spin Structures for Quaternionic-Kaehler and Hyper-Kaehler Manifolds

As is well-known (see Friedrich's book for example) every Kähler manifold is spin (or at least spin$^c$) and the Dirac is given (up to a twist) by $\partial + \partial^*$. What happens in the ...
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Explanation that Twistor Space of $S^4$ is $\mathbb{C}P^3$?

I am attempting to read Atiyah's paper on self-duality in four-dimensional Riemannian geometry, and I came across the following basic example: Let $S_-$ be the $SU(2)$-bundle of anti-self dual ...
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Open questions in “Spin geometry”

This is a very naive question. I have the impression that the area of "Spin geometry" is not an active research field. Sure Spin geometry is used in many different branches of mathematics and physics ...
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The special embedding $\mathfrak{so}(7)\subset\mathfrak{so}(8)$

It is commonly known that we have a chain of embeddings $$SU(4)\subset Spin(7)\subset SO(8)$$ (there is more than one possible $Spin(7)$, just take one). Which is the explicit analog for the Lie ...
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Constant spinors from constant forms

Let $(X,g)$ be a $m$-dimensional complex, hermitian, spin manifold and let us denote by $S_{\mathbb{C}}$ its complex spinor bundle. Then: $S_{\mathbb{C}}\simeq \Lambda_{\mathbb{C}}(X)$ Let $\nabla$ ...
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The most general set-up for tensors and connections

This is maybe a too vague question, so I will try to be as specific as possible. My question is: What is the most general set-up where one can define tensors and connections? For example, we know ...
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Cayley Subspaces in a Calibrated 8-Space

Suppose we are given $(\mathbb{R}^8,\Phi)$, where $\Phi$ is the self-dual 4-form that defines $Spin(7)\subset SO(8)$ (Cayley calibration, see Notes on the Octonians, page 23). Now some 4-subspaces $V$ ...
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Frame-bundle reduction from spinor-bundle reduction

Let $(M,g)$ be a $d$-dimensional Riemannian oriented, spin manifold, and let us denote by $F(M)$ its frame bundle, by $SP(M)$ its spin bundle and by $S = P(M)\times_{\rho}\Delta$ its spinor bundle, ...
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Harmonic spinors on closed hyperbolic manifolds

Does anyone know an example of a closed spin hyperbolic manifold of dimension 3 or greater such that the kernel of the Dirac operator is non-trivial? I'm mainly interested in the 3-dimensional case ...
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Bispinors, polyforms, bilinears and supersymmetric manifolds

Let $(V,q)$ be a regular quadratic vector space, and let us denote by $Cl(V,q)$ the corresponding Clifford algebra. Then there exists an isomorphism of $\mathbb{Z}_{2}$-graded algebras: $Cl(V,q)\...
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Convention on Clifford Product

When studying the Clifford Algebra associated to some $(V,Q)$, one finds two basic identities differing by a sign: $vv=Q(v)$ (see, for instance, Wikipedia) $vv=-Q(v)$ (see, for instance, MathWorld ...
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$Spin(7)$ as stabilizer of a $4$-form revisited

For a better understanding of this question, please see the question and answer here. In $Spin(8)$ there are plenty of copies of $Spin(7)$; consider, for instance, the antiimage of $SO(7)<SO(8)$ ...
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Octonions product: inversion in the right and identity in the left

Once octonions product is studied, together with the relations with $Spin(8)$ and $SO(8)$ geometry (see for instance Robert Bryant's notes), one realises that the key fact bringing all the phenomena ...
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Dirac operator in Generalized Geometry

I am wondering how the Dirac operator can be built in the context of Hichin's generalized geometry. In particular, I have the following questions: On a spin manifold, is the conventional spin ...
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Isomorphisms of Positive and Negative Spinor Bundles

Here is an extract of the doctoral thesis of C. Lewis under the supervision of D. Joyce (https://people.maths.ox.ac.uk/joyce/theses/LewisDPhil.pdf, 1998): 2.6 Spin Bundles and the Dirac Operator ...
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Explicit Isomorphism between $Cl(8)$ and $\mathbb{R}(16)$

I am looking for a explicit isomorphism between $Cl(8)$ (Clifford algebra over $\mathbb{R}^8$ with standard Euclidean metric) and $\mathbb{R}(16)$ (algebra of $16\times 16$ matrices over $\mathbb{R}$)....
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Twistors for spaces of $n-$dimensions

I was wondering if there is any general definition for twistors for spaces of any dimension with a definite (or indefinite) metric; for example, in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Twistors are spinors of the ...
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Exact Definition of Dirac Operator

Many definitions of the Dirac operator in the tradition of the Physics literature are hard to grasp for a mathematician. I would like to ask for a precise, general, definition of the Dirac operator ...
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Commutative spectral triples

The corresponence between compact Hausdorff topological spaces and commutative unital $C^*$-algebras is rather well known: Gelfand Najmark theorem gives perfect correspondence between these categories....
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Equation for non-invertible elements in Clifford algebras

Suppose we have a Clifford algebra $Cl(V,q)$, $V\simeq \mathbb{R}^n$ and $q$ non-degenerate bilinear form. Then every non-zero element of $V\subset Cl(V,q)$ invertible, but they are not the only ones (...
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Different definitions of spin structures

This is the definition of spin structure according to Wikipedia: which is supposed to be the standard definition. But in the book The Geometry of Four-Manifolds (Donaldson-Kronheimer, page 76) one ...
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Local index formula for >ungraded< elliptic operators

Let $P\colon E \to F$ be an elliptic pseudodifferential operator over $M$. Assuming that $P$ defines a finitely summable Fredholm module, we may apply the Chern-Connes character to it to get a cyclic ...
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Norm of the operator acting on spinor bundle

Please forgive me if the question is too elementary, but however I was unable to manage by myself. The question comes from J.Varilly, H.Figueroa and J. Gracia-Bondia book "Elements of noncommutative ...
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Element in spin group

I've got the following question: why is it true (if it really is?), that if I have a unitary element $u$ in the (real) Clifford algebra $Cl(V,g)$ which is even and the operator $\varphi(u)$ defined ...
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Norms on Clifford algebra (C^* norm)

Basically I'm interested in operator algebras such as $C^*$ or von Neumann algebras. However I decided to learn a bit about noncommutative geometry (in particular spectral triples). Before doing this ...
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spectral sequence differential for cobordism

From page 6 of these solutions: the differential\begin{equation}d_2: H_p(X,\Omega_1^{Spin})\rightarrow H_{p-2}(X,\Omega_2^{Spin})\end{equation}connecting the 1-st and the 2-nd row is the $\textbf{...
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Construction of a Bott manifold

I have been searching the literature for a construction of a simply connected spin manifold of dimension 8 with A-genus 1. I am not sure, but I think this is called a Bott manifold. Can anybody help ...
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A question on existence of $Spin^c$-structure $P\to M$

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a compact symplectic manifold and the cohomology class $$[\omega]+\frac{1} {2}c_1(\wedge_{\mathbb C}^{0,n}(TM, J))\in H_{dR}^2(M)$$ is integral, for some almost complex structure $...
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All symplectic manifolds have $Mp^c$-structures?

Let $(M,\omega)$ be a symplectic manifold, and $Mp^c(n)=Mp(n)\times_{\mathbb Z_2}U(1)$ which $Mp(n)$ here is Metaplectic group which is the double cover of symplectic group. I am looking for a ...
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Connection on canonical $\operatorname{Spin}^\mathbb{C}$ spinor bundle on symplectic manifold

Let $W$ be the canonical $\operatorname{Spin}^\mathbb{C}$ spinor bundle on a symplectic 4-manifold $(M, \omega)$, with a compatible $J$ and $g$, so \begin{equation} {W_ + } = {T^{0,0}}{M^*} \...
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Has Witten's perturbation on de Rham complex been studied on other elliptic complexes?

In his famous work, Supersymmetry and Morse theory, Witten perturbs de Rham complex by perturbing the exterior derivative $$d_h=e^{-ht}de^{ht}.$$ And he proves Morse inequality using some spectral ...
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Metalinear frame bundle on sphere or $\mathbb{C}P^n$

Let $M$ be a smooth manifold. A complex metalinear frame bundle $\tilde F(P)\to M$ of a rank $n$ complex vector bundle $P\to M$ is a principal $ML(n,\mathbb{C})$-bundle together with a covering map $f:...
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How to understand two examples of spin bundle

I am confused by two examples of spinor bundles over 4-manifolds, which I saw in various places: (1) The spinor bundle $S = S_+ \oplus S_-$ associated to a spin or spinc structure of Riemannian four-...
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Reference request: Spin structures on surfaces and the spin mapping class group

I am looking for references on the following: Spin structures on surfaces, and particularly the spin mapping class group. What is known about generating the spin mapping class group? Has anybody ...
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Contact structures and adjunction inequality in 3-manifolds

It is a theorem of Eliashberg that in a tight contact 3-manifold $(M, \xi)$ we have the adjunction inequality $|\langle e(s),[\Sigma] \rangle| \leq -\chi(\Sigma) $ where $s=s(\xi)$ is the spin$^c$-...
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Duality between K-theory and K-homology in the non-spin^c case.

I posted this question on Math.SE (http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/409444/), but got no answer. So I repost it here. Let M be a closed manifold. Then there is a cap product $K^\ast(M) \times ...
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Duality between K-theory and K-homology in the non-compact, spin$^c$ case

Let $M$ be a compact spin$^c$ manifold, so that it has a fundamental class $[M] \in K_n(M)$. It is well-known that the cap product with $[M]$ induces Poincare duality isomorphisms $K^\ast(M) \cong K_\...
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is there an anyon structure analogous to spin structure for rank 2 bundle?

A spin structure on a Riemannian bundle of rank >2 is the lift of the structure group from $\text{SO}(n)$ to its universal cover $\text{Spin}(n).$ It may also be defined in the case $n=2$ as the lift ...