Symmetry, Integrability and Geometry: Methods and Applications (SIGMA)

SIGMA 17 (2021), 072, 58 pages      arXiv:2001.05721

A Framework for Geometric Field Theories and their Classification in Dimension One

Matthias Ludewig a and Augusto Stoffel b
a) Universität Regensburg, Germany
b) Universität Greifswald, Germany

Received June 15, 2020, in final form July 12, 2021; Published online July 25, 2021

In this paper, we develop a general framework of geometric functorial field theories, meaning that all bordisms in question are endowed with geometric structures. We take particular care to establish a notion of smooth variation of such geometric structures, so that it makes sense to require the output of our field theory to depend smoothly on the input. We then test our framework on the case of $1$-dimensional field theories (with or without orientation) over a manifold $M$. Here the expectation is that such a field theory is equivalent to the data of a vector bundle over $M$ with connection and, in the nonoriented case, the additional data of a nondegenerate bilinear pairing; we prove that this is indeed the case in our framework.

Key words: field theory; vector bundles; bordism.

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