Algebraic and Geometric Topology 4 (2004), paper no. 6, pages 81-93.

A functorial approach to differential characters

Paul Turner

Abstract. We describe Cheeger-Simons differential characters in terms of a variant of Turaev's homotopy quantum field theories based on chains in a smooth manifold X.

Keywords. Differential character, Homotopy quantum field theory

AMS subject classification. Primary: 57R56. Secondary: 53C05, 81T15, 58A10.

DOI: 10.2140/agt.2004.4.81

E-print: arXiv:math.AT/0212128

Submitted: 6 February 2003. Accepted: 20 May 2003. Published: 18 February 2004.

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Paul Turner
School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences
Heriot-Watt University
Edinburgh EH14 4AS

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