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Meaning/Origin of Seiberg-Witten Equations/Invariants

Having now seen and "understood" (quotes necessary) the Seiberg-Witten equations on a closed oriented Riemannian 4-manifold $X$, I have no real understanding of where they came from. We take an ...
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What are “good” examples of spin manifolds?

I'm trying to get a grasp on what it means for a manifold to be spin. My question is, roughly: What are some "good" (in the sense of illustrating the concept) examples of manifolds which are spin ...
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Generalized geometry and spin structures

Let $(M,g)$ be a $d$-dimensional, oriented pseudo-Riemannian manifold, and $V$ the subbundle of $E=TM\oplus T^*M$ given by the graph of the musical linear isomorphism $g^\flat:TM\rightarrow T^*M$ ...
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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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Noncommutative smooth manifolds

Connes defined a noncommutative analog of a closed oriented Riemannian spin^c manifold using spectral triples. Using his definition it is unclear how to separate the smooth structure from the metric. ...
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Triality of Spin(8)

Among simple Lie groups, $Spin(8)$ is the most symmetrical one in the sense that $Out(Spin(8))$ is the largest possible group. A description of this outer automorphism groups is as follows. $Spin(8)$ ...
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what is a spinor structure?

There are of course lots of definitions and references for this, but in the same way that, on a manifold $M$, a Riemannian metric is a section of positive definite symmetric bilinear forms on $TM$ ...
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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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Spin structures on 7-dimensional spherical space forms

Background Let $M$ be a spin manifold and let $\Gamma$ be a finite group acting freely and isometrically on $M$ in such a way that $M/\Gamma$ is a smooth riemannian manifold. The quotient will be ...
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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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Topology of the Universal Spinor Field Bundle

While reading article [1] below I came across the notion of a universal spinor bundle. This is defined at the beginning of section 6 (p.14) in [1] as follows: Let $M$ be a spin manifold and ...
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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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Explicit Spin Structures on the Torus

Basically, I am trying to build explicit examples of Dirac operators. To this end, I'm looking at the surface E = C/(Z + λZ) - for some λ in H \ SL(2,Z) - with the Euclidean metric and ...
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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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$Spin^c$-Dirac-operator on the 3-torus

Consider the spinc structure on the flat standard 3-torus, which you get from the trivial (or any other) spin structure. Its associated vector bundle can be identified with a trivial bundle with fibre ...
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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 ...
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Directed arcs on a surface

This question is a little odd. I have specific class of structures on a surface, which satisfy several nice properties, and I want to know if they are more natural geometric structures in disguise ...
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Representations of Pin vs. Representations of Clifford

This may be total nonsense. But I need to know the answer quickly and I am too tired to think about it thoroughly. Let $k$ be a positive integer. Roe's "Elliptic Operators" claims that there is a ...
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Atiyah-Bott-Shapiro Orientation

Dear community, there are so-called orientation maps $a:MSpin\to ko$ and $b:MSpin^c \to k$, "defined" in ABS's paper "Clifford modules". Unfortunately I am not familiar with representation theory. ...
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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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Clifford Action for Kahler Manifolds

I'm working with Kahler manifolds at the moment and looking at their spin$^c$ structure. I really don't know much about spin$^c$ structures in general and don't have enough time to learn it all at ...
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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 ...
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equivariant index of Dirac Operator on $S^{2}$

First, I have to admit that I don't have much knowledge of Spin Geometry and Index Theory, the question could be too simple or naive and secondly there may be too many questions. Let $D$ be the ...
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Spin and SO groups associated to a degenerate symmetric bilinear form

In "Spin geometry" by Lawson and Michelsohn it is defined the Clifford algebra $Cl(g)$ associated to a symmetric bilinear form $g$ in general, including the degenerate case. But the rest of the book ...
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Spin structure on mapping torus

I would like to know if, given a spin manifold $X$ and an orientation-preserving diffeomorphism $f : X \longrightarrow X,$ we can naturally endow the mapping torus $M_f = X \times [0, 1] / (x, 0) \sim ...
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Relative index theorem for Clifford linear Dirac operators

Dear community, there is relative index theorem due to Gromov and Lawson (Thm. 4.18 in POSITIVE SCALAR CURVATURE AND THE DIRAC OPERATOR ON COMPLETE RIEMANNIAN MANIFOLDS) which states that ...
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Dirac's Original Operator and the Hodge--Dirac Operator

For the usual $4$-dimensional Minkowski space $M$, the standard Dirac operator is given by $$ D: C^{\infty}(M) \to C^{\infty}(M), ~~~~~ f \mapsto \sum_{i=1}^4 \gamma_i\frac{\partial f}{\partial x_i}, ...
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Spin structures on the Grassmannians

I am trying to understand spin structures and am looking at the specific case of complex projective space (viewed as the quotient $SU(N)/U(N-1)$) and more generally the Grassmannians (viewed as the ...
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Spin structures and quadratic forms on surfaces

In his paper "Spin structures and quadratic forms on surfaces", Johnson constructs a bijection between the set of spin strucutres on a smooth closed orientable surface $S$ and the set of quadratic ...
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Complex Projective Space Spin and Dirac: Part II

(1) Let $M$ be a complex manifold of real dimension $2n$, and denote the line bundle of complex $(N,0)$-forms by $\Omega^{(N,0)}(M)$. When $M = CP^N$, the line bundles are indexed by the integers, and ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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spin structures on full flag manifolds

It is known that any full flag manifold $G/T$ is a spin manifold. For example, we can prove it using that $G/T$ is a complex manifold, by computing its 1st Chern class as follows: For full flag ...
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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 ...
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first chern class and spin structures

Let M be a compact complex manifold. Then is it true that if the first Chern class of M is even, then M admits a spin 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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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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Representation theory of (anti)self-dual tensors

I am using usual physics notations and I guess the physics motivations of this question are obvious. Let a basis of the $SO(n,m)$ Lie algebra be denoted by $S^{\mu \nu}$ and the Lie algebra be, ...
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Spin-c Structures with Near-Symplectic Forms

Consider a smooth compact oriented 4-manifold $X$. Although not all 4-manifolds admit a spin structure, they do admit spin-c structures. And if $X$ does admit a spin structure, then there is a ...
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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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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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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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Conformal Killing spinors

In general I would like to know about the significance of conformal Killing spinors (especially keeping in mind supersymmetric theories on curved space-time). If $\epsilon$ and the $\bar{\epsilon}$ ...
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Spin-c Structures viewed w.r.t. Cell Decomposition

In my quest to understand spin representations, I am looking at the equivalent views of spin structures (on some oriented Riemannian $n$-manifold). Given such a manifold $M$, its tangent bundle $TM$ ...
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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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$Spin^c$ structure on the mapping torus of an automorphism of the torus

Let $\alpha$ be an orientation-preserving automorphism of the torus $T^2 = S^1 \times S^1.$ Since the mapping torus $M_{\alpha} = T^2 \times [0, 1] / (x, 0) \sim (\alpha(x), 1)$ is an orientable ...
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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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Global Lichnerowicz Formula Proof (in the Kahler case)?

For a Kahler manifold $M$, let us denote its Dirac operator $\overline{\partial} + \overline{\partial}^\ast$, with respect to a metric $g$, by $D$. Moreover, let us dentoe the Levi-Civita connection ...