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The Hitchin-Witten Connection and Complex Quantum Chern-Simons Theory

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  • Jørgen Ellegaard Andersen, Denmark
  • Niels Leth Gammelgaard, Denmark
We give a direct calculation of the curvature of the Hitchin connection, in geometric quantization on a symplectic manifold, using only differential geometric techniques. In particular, we establish that the curvature acts as a first-order operator on the quantum spaces. Projective flatness follows if the Kähler structures do not admit holomorphic vector fields. Following Witten, we define a complex variant of the Hitchin connection on the bundle of prequantum spaces. The curvature is essentially unchanged, so projective flatness holds in the same cases. Finally, the results are applied to quantum Chern-Simons theory, both for compact and complex gauge groups.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages45
Publication statusPublished - 3 Sep 2014

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