Metrics, Connections and Gluing Theorems
About this Title
Clifford Henry Taubes, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Publication: CBMS Regional Conference Series in Mathematics
Publication Year 1996: Volume 89
ISBNs: 978-0-8218-0323-3 (print); 978-1-4704-2449-7 (online)
MathSciNet review: MR1400226
MSC: Primary 53C07; Secondary 53C21, 57R57, 58G30
In this book, the author's goal is to provide an introduction to some of the analytic underpinnings for the geometry of anti-self duality in 4-dimensions. Anti-self duality is rather special to 4-dimensions and the imposition of this condition on curvatures of connections on vector bundles and on curvatures of Riemannian metrics has resulted in some spectacular mathematics.
The book reviews some basic geometry, but it is assumed that the reader has a general background in differential geometry (as would be obtained by reading a standard text on the subject). Some of the fundamental references include Atiyah, Hitchin and Singer, Freed and Uhlenbeck, Donaldson and Kronheimer, and Kronheimer and Mrowka. The last chapter contains open problems and conjectures.
Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in differential geometry.
Table of Contents
- 1. Introduction
- 2. The anti-self dual equations
- 3. Grafting theorems
- 4. Deformations to anti-self duality I
- 5. Deformations to anti-self duality II
- 6. Metrics with $W_+ \equiv 0$
- 7. Grafting metrics
- 8. Deforming the metric
- 9. Strategy for connect sums
- 10. Open questions