Texts and Readings in Mathematics

Seiberg Witten Gauge Theory
Matilde Marcoli

The newly developed field of Seiberg-Witten gauge theory has become a well-established part of the differential topology of four-manifolds and three-manifolds. This book offers an introduction and an up-to-date review of the state of current research.

The first part of the book collects some preliminary notions and then gives an introduction of Seiberg-Witten theory of four-dimensional manifolds. In the second part, the author introduces the dimensional reduction and uses it to describe Seiberg-Witten in three-dimensional manifolds. In both parts, the Seiberg-Witten equations are derived, the moduli spaces of solutions are constructed, and the corresponding invariants of manifolds are introduced.

In the third part, the author gives an overview of geometric and topological results obtained via Seiberg-Witten theory. Through all these parts of the book, Seiberg-Witten gauge theory is considered as a completely self-contained subject and no a priori knowledge of Donaldson theory is assumed. In fact, all the sections that refer to Donaldson theory can be skipped, and this will not affect the comprehension of the remaining sections.

In the final part of the book, the author describes physical theories that are responsible for the emergence of this new piece of mathematics, the Seiberg-Witten theory.
2.Seiberg-Witten on four-manifolds
3.Seiberg-Witten on three-manifolds
4.Topology and geometry
5.Seiberg-Witten and physics
6.Appendix: a bibliographical guide

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Reprint 2011‚ 9789380250236‚ 236 pages‚ paper cover‚ Rs. 300.00