Differential Geometry and Mathematical Physics

Part II. Fibre Bundles, Topology and Gauge Fields

  • Gerd Rudolph
  • Matthias Schmidt

Part of the Theoretical and Mathematical Physics book series (TMP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 1-92
  3. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 93-188
  4. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 189-255
  5. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 257-352
  6. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 353-460
  7. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 461-543
  8. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 545-633
  9. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 635-692
  10. Gerd Rudolph, Matthias Schmidt
    Pages 693-757
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 759-830

About this book


The book is devoted to the study of the geometrical and topological structure of gauge theories. It consists of the following three building blocks:
- Geometry and topology of fibre bundles,
- Clifford algebras, spin structures and Dirac operators,
- Gauge theory.
Written in the style of a mathematical textbook, it combines a comprehensive presentation of the mathematical foundations with a discussion of a variety of advanced topics in gauge theory.
The first building block includes a number of specific topics, like invariant connections, universal connections, H-structures and the Postnikov approximation of classifying spaces.
Given the great importance of Dirac operators in gauge theory, a complete proof of the Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem is presented. The gauge theory part contains the study of Yang-Mills equations (including the theory of instantons and the classical stability analysis), the discussion of various models with matter fields (including magnetic monopoles, the Seiberg-Witten model and dimensional reduction) and the investigation of the structure of the gauge orbit space. The final chapter is devoted to elements of quantum gauge theory including the discussion of the Gribov problem, anomalies and the implementation of the non-generic gauge orbit strata in the framework of Hamiltonian lattice gauge theory.
The book is addressed both to physicists and mathematicians. It is intended to be accessible to students starting from a graduate level.


Dirac operators Linear connections Riemannian geometry Homotopy theory Cohomology theory Whitney sum formula Weil homomorphism Postnikov tower Clifford algebras Spinor groups Spin structures Hodge Theorem Weitzenboeck fromulae Gauge orbit space Gribov problem Index Theorem Yang-Mills equation Seiberg-Witten model Principal bundles Quantum gauge theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Gerd Rudolph
    • 1
  • Matthias Schmidt
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Theoretical PhysicsUniversity of LeipzigLeipzigGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-94-024-0958-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-024-0959-8
  • Series Print ISSN 1864-5879
  • Series Online ISSN 1864-5887
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