Geometry & Topology, Vol. 6 (2002)
Paper no. 2, pages 27--58.
Torsion, TQFT, and Seiberg-Witten invariants of 3-manifolds
We prove a conjecture of Hutchings and Lee relating the Seiberg-Witten
invariants of a closed 3-manifold X with b_1 > 0 to an invariant that
`counts' gradient flow lines--including closed orbits--of a
circle-valued Morse function on the manifold. The proof is based on a
method described by Donaldson for computing the Seiberg-Witten
invariants of 3-manifolds by making use of a `topological quantum
field theory,' which makes the calculation completely explicit. We
also realize a version of the Seiberg-Witten invariant of X as the
intersection number of a pair of totally real submanifolds of a
product of vortex moduli spaces on a Riemann surface constructed from
geometric data on X. The analogy with recent work of Ozsvath and Szabo
suggests a generalization of a conjecture of Salamon, who has proposed
a model for the Seiberg-Witten-Floer homology of X in the case that X
is a mapping torus.
Seiberg-Witten invariant, torsion, topological quantum field theory
AMS subject classification.
Submitted to GT on 16 October 2001.
Paper accepted 25 January 2002.
Paper published 29 January 2002.
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Department of Mathematics, University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3840, USA
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