From Quantum Cohomology to Integrable Systems

From Quantum Cohomology to Integrable Systems

by Martin A. Guest
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Oxford University Press, USA


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From Quantum Cohomology to Integrable Systems

Quantum cohomology has its origins in symplectic geometry and algebraic geometry, but is deeply related to differential equations and integrable systems. This text explains what is behind the extraordinary success of quantum cohomology, leading to its connections with many existing areas of mathematics as well as its appearance in new areas such as mirror symmetry.

Certain kinds of differential equations (or D-modules) provide the key links between quantum cohomology and traditional mathematics; these links are the main focus of the book, and quantum cohomology and other integrable PDEs such as the KdV equation and the harmonic map equation are discussed within this unified framework.

Aimed at graduate students in mathematics who want to learn about quantum cohomology in a broad context, and theoretical physicists who are interested in the mathematical setting, the text assumes basic familiarity with differential equations and cohomology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780198565994
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/2008
Series: Oxford Graduate Texts in Mathematics Series
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

1. The many faces of cohomology
2. Quantum cohomology
3. Quantum differential equations
4. Linear differential equations in general
5. The quantum D-module
6. Abstract quantum cohomology
7. Integrable systems
8. Solving integrable systems
9. Quantum cohomology as an integrable system
10. Integrable systems and quantum cohomology

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