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On the Rozansky–Witten weight systems

Justin Roberts and Simon Willerton

Algebraic & Geometric Topology 10 (2010) 1455–1519

Ideas of Rozansky and Witten, as developed by Kapranov, show that a complex symplectic manifold X gives rise to Vassiliev weight systems. In this paper we study these weight systems by using D(X), the derived category of coherent sheaves on X. The main idea (stated here a little imprecisely) is that D(X) is the category of modules over the shifted tangent sheaf, which is a Lie algebra object in D(X); the weight systems then arise from this Lie algebra in a standard way. The other main results are a description of the symmetric algebra, universal enveloping algebra and Duflo isomorphism in this context, and the fact that a slight modification of D(X) has the structure of a braided ribbon category, which gives another way to look at the associated invariants of links. Our original motivation for this work was to try to gain insight into the Jacobi diagram algebras used in Vassiliev theory by looking at them in a new light, but there are other potential applications, in particular to the rigorous construction of the (1+1+1)–dimensional Rozansky–Witten TQFT, and to hyperkähler geometry.

Rozansky–Witten invariants, derived category, universal enveloping algebra, Vassiliev invariants, weight systems, Kontsevich integral
Mathematical Subject Classification 2000
Primary: 57R56, 57M27
Secondary: 17B70, 14F05, 53D35, 57R27
Received: 8 September 2009
Accepted: 21 February 2010
Published: 2 July 2010
Justin Roberts
Department of Mathematics, UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla CA 92093
United States
Simon Willerton
Department of Pure Mathematics
University of Sheffield
Hicks Building
Sheffield S3 7RH
United Kingdom