Prof. Dr. Helga Baum,                 
SS 2017

Lecture:  Gauge Theory and Dirac Operators   

Dirac operators play an important role in modern physics and mathematics. Originally, this operator was introduced by P. Dirac (1928), when looking  for an equation to describe
spin 1/2 particles (fermions, e.g. electrons) that would fit into the framework of both special relativity and quantum mechanics.
In course of  the development of the index theory of elliptic operators it was observed that it is possible to define an analogeous operator on special  Riemannian manifolds, the spin manifolds, and that its analytical properties are strongly related to the geometry of the Riemannina manifold. In the lecture we define the Dirac operator of a Riemannian spin manifold  and study its analytic properties in relation to the underlying geometry.

The definition and the study of spinors and Dirac operators on Riemannian spin manifolds require knowledge from differential geometry on fibre bundles. Depending on the prior knowledge of the participants we will introduce or recall the techniques and facts from gauge theory in the first part of the lecture.


H. Baum: Eichfeldtheorie. Eine Einführung in die Differentialgeometrie auf Faserbündeln, 2. Auflage, Springer-Verlag 2014.
T. Friedrich: Dirac Operators in Riemannian Geometry, . AMS 2000.
J-P. Bourguignon et all:  A Spinorial Approach to Riemannian and Conformal Geometry, EMS Monographs in Mathematics 2015
N. Ginoux: The Dirac spectrum. Lecture Notes in Math., Springer 2009

Time and place:   (First Lecture: April 18, 2017,  First exercise class: April 25, 2017)
    Thusday       09:15 - 10:45,   room  RUD 26,  0311 
                  Wednesday  13:15 - 14:45,   room  RUD 26,  0311
exercise class: Thusday   11:15 - 12:45,   room  RUD 25,  2.006


The date for the oral exam follows.

Letzte Änderung:  11.04.2017