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Twisted Calabi–Yau ring spectra, string topology, and gauge symmetry

Ralph L. Cohen and Inbar Klang

Vol. 2 (2020), No. 1, 147–196

In this paper we import the theory of “Calabi–Yau” algebras and categories from symplectic topology and topological field theories, to the setting of spectra in stable homotopy theory. Twistings in this theory will be particularly important. There will be two types of Calabi–Yau structures in the setting of ring spectra: one that applies to compact algebras and one that applies to smooth algebras. The main application of twisted compact Calabi–Yau ring spectra that we will study is to describe, prove, and explain a certain duality phenomenon in string topology. This is a duality between the manifold string topology of Chas and Sullivan (1999) and the Lie group string topology of Chataur and Menichi (2012). This will extend and generalize work of Gruher (2007). Then, generalizing work of Cohen and Jones (2017), we show how the gauge group of the principal bundle acts on this compact Calabi–Yau structure, and we compute some explicit examples. We then extend the notion of the Calabi–Yau structure to smooth ring spectra, and prove that Thom ring spectra of (virtual) bundles over the loop space, ΩM, have this structure. In the case when M is a sphere, we will use these twisted smooth Calabi–Yau ring spectra to study Lagrangian immersions of the sphere into its cotangent bundle. We recast the work of Abouzaid and Kragh (2016) to show that the topological Hochschild homology of the Thom ring spectrum induced by the h-principle classifying map of the Lagrangian immersion detects whether that immersion can be Lagrangian isotopic to an embedding. We then compute some examples. Finally, we interpret these Calabi–Yau structures directly in terms of topological Hochschild homology and cohomology.

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Hochschild homology, ring spectra, string topology, Calabi–Yau algebras
Mathematical Subject Classification 2010
Primary: 55P43
Secondary: 55U30
Received: 22 September 2018
Revised: 1 February 2019
Accepted: 19 February 2019
Published: 22 March 2019
Ralph L. Cohen
Department of Mathematics
Stanford University
United States
Inbar Klang
Section de Mathematiques
École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne