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    A functorial approach to differential characters

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    We describe Cheeger-Simons differential characters in terms of a variant of Turaev's homotopy quantum field theories based on chains in a smooth manifold X.Comment: Published by Algebraic and Geometric Topology at http://www.maths.warwick.ac.uk/agt/AGTVol4/agt-4-6.abs.htm

    The phantom limb

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    Thesis (M.D.)—Boston Universit

    Anomalies and Invertible Field Theories

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    We give a modern geometric viewpoint on anomalies in quantum field theory and illustrate it in a 1-dimensional theory: supersymmetric quantum mechanics. This is background for the resolution of worldsheet anomalies in orientifold superstring theory.Comment: 21 pages, based talk at String-Math 2013; small corrections in v