Differential Characters

  • Christian Bär
  • Christian Becker

Part of the Lecture Notes in Mathematics book series (LNM, volume 2112)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Christian Bär, Christian Becker
    Pages 1-90
  3. Christian Becker
    Pages 91-180
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 181-189

About this book


Providing a systematic introduction to differential characters as introduced by Cheeger and Simons, this text describes important concepts such as fiber integration, higher dimensional holonomy, transgression, and the product structure in a geometric manner. Differential characters form a model of what is nowadays called differential cohomology, which is the mathematical structure behind the higher gauge theories in physics.



53C08,55N20. Cheeger-Simons differential character Differential cohomology Fiber integration Higher dimensional holonomy Higher gauge theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Christian Bär
    • 1
  • Christian Becker
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut für MathematikUniversität PotsdamPotsdamGermany
  2. 2.Institut für MathematikUniversität PotsdamPotsdamGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-07034-6
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Mathematics and Statistics
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07033-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07034-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8434
  • Series Online ISSN 1617-9692
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