Volume 4, issue 1 (2004)

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A functorial approach to differential characters

Paul Turner

Algebraic & Geometric Topology 4 (2004) 81–93
 arXiv: math.AT/0212128
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
Mathematical Subject Classification 2000
Primary: 57R56
Secondary: 53C05, 81T15, 58A10