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Exact Computations in Topological Abelian Chern-Simons and BF Theories.

1. Introduction

Consider the following actions:

[mathematical expression not reproducible], (1)

where A and B are U(1) connections. Here, the coupling constant N is any real number.

The gauge transformation A [right arrow] A + d[LAMBDA], where [LAMBDA] is a function that leaves the actions (1) invariant. Since in the quantum context we consider the complex exponential of the action, the invariance required is less restrictive. Indeed, we can consider an invariance of S up to an integer:

S [right arrow] S + 2[pi]n, n [member of] Z [??] [e.sup.iS] [right arrow] [e.sup.iS] (2)

which implies that N is quantized. Studying the gauge invariance properties of the holonomies, which are the observables of Chern-Simons and BF theories, it turns out that the most general gauge transformation is A [right arrow] A + [[omega].sub.Z], where [[omega].sub.z] is a closed 1-form with integral periods. On a contractible open set this transformation reduces to the classical one since, by Poincare Lemma, there exists A such that [[omega].sub.Z] = d[LAMBDA].

In particular, this is the case when the theory is defined in [R.sup.3] which is a contractible space. However, this generalized gauge transformation enables defining a theory on any closed (i.e., compact without boundary) 3-manifold M. The classical gauge transformation appears thus to be a particular case of the quantum one.

In this paper we will consider the equivalence classes according to this quantum gauge transformation. These classes classify U(1) fibre bundles over M endowed with connections and their collection is the so-called first Deligne cohomology group of M. We will show that this structure enables performing exact computations in the framework of U(1) Chern-Simons and BF theories.

2. Deligne Cohomology

The most general statement we can start from is a collection of local gauge fields [A.sub.[alpha]] in open sets [U.sub.[alpha]] that cover the manifold M we are considering. We suppose these open sets and their intersections to be contractible, so that we can in particular use the Poincare Lemma inside. To define a global field, we need to explain how [A.sub.[alpha]] and [A.sub.[beta]] stick together in the intersection [U.sub.[alpha]] [intersection] [U.sub.[beta]]. This, by definition, is done thanks to a gauge transformation:

[A.sub.[beta]] = [A.sub.[alpha]] + d[[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] in [U.sub.[alpha][beta]] = [U.sub.[alpha]] [intersection] [U.sub.[beta]]. (3)

The antisymmetry of this relation in [alpha] and [beta] implies that d([[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] + [[LAMBDA].sub.[beta][gamma]] + [[LAMBDA].sub.[gamma][alpha]]) = 0, making [[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] + [[LAMBDA].sub.[beta][gamma]] + [[LAMBDA].sub.[gamma][alpha]] a constant in [U.sub.[alpha]] [intersection] [U.sub.[beta]] [intersection] [U.sub.[gamma]] that is an integer (since (4) is nothing but the cocycle condition for a U(1) fibre bundle):

[[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] + [[LAMBDA].sub.[beta][gamma]] + [[LAMBDA].sub.[gamma][alpha]] = [n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] [member of] Z

in [U.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] = [U.sub.[alpha]] [intersection] [U.sub.[beta]] [intersection] [U.sub.[gamma]].

The symmetry in [alpha], [beta], and [gamma] of this last relation implies that

[n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] - [n.sub.[alpha][beta][delta]] + [n.sub.[alpha][gamma][delta]] - [n.sub.[beta][gamma][delta]] = 0. (5)

Thus, the generalization of our gauge potential on any closed 3-manifold M imposes considering a collection ([A.sub.[alpha]], [[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]], [n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]]) constituted of a family of potentials [A.sub.[alpha]] defined in open sets [U.sub.[alpha]], a family of functions [[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] defined in the double intersections [U.sub.[alpha][beta]], and a family of integers defined in the triple intersections [U.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] (all those open sets and intersections being contractible). Elements of those collections are related by

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (6)

These statements define a Deligne cocycle.

We need now to describe how this collection transforms when we perform a gauge transformation of the [A.sub.[alpha]]:

[A.sub.[alpha]] [right arrow] [A.sub.[alpha]] + d[q.sub.[alpha]] in [U.sub.[alpha]], (7)

where the family of [q.sub.[alpha]] is a family of functions defined in the [U.sub.[alpha]]. This implies that [[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] have to transform according to

[[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] [right arrow] [[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] + [q.sub.[alpha]] - [q.sub.[beta]] - [m.sub.[alpha][beta]] in [U.sub.[alpha][beta]], (8)

where the family [m.sub.[alpha][beta]] consists in integers, mainly because [n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] do. Finally, [n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] transform thus according to

[n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] [right arrow] [n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] - [m.sub.[beta][gamma]] + [m.sub.[alpha][gamma]] - [m.sub.[alpha][beta]] in [U.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]]. (9)

Hence, the collection ([q.sub.[alpha]], [m.sub.[alpha][beta]]) where [q.sub.[alpha]] are functions defined in the [U.sub.[alpha]] and [m.sub.[alpha][beta]] are integers defined in the intersections [U.sub.[alpha][beta]] together with the set of rules

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (10)

generalizes the idea of gauge transformation. These rules define the addition of a Deligne coboundary to a Deligne cocycle. The quotient set of Deligne cocycles by Deligne coboundaries is the first Deligne cohomology group [H.sup.[1].sub.D].

3. Structure of the Space of Deligne Cohomology Classes

[H.sup.[1].sub.D] is naturally endowed with a structure of Z-modulus. It can be described in particular through two exact sequences. The first one is

[mathematical expression not reproducible], (11)

where [[OMEGA].sup.1]/[[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.Z] is the quotient of the 1 form by the closed 1 form with integral periods and [H.sup.2] (Z) is the space of cohomology classes of the manifold. This is an abelian group, which can thus be decomposed as a direct sum of a free part [mathematical expression not reproducible] and a torsion part [mathematical expression not reproducible]. This exact sequence shows that the space of Deligne cohomology classes can be thought as a set of fibres over the discrete net constituted by [H.sup.2] (Z) and inside which we can move thanks to elements of [[OMEGA].sup.1] /[[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.Z] (see Figure 1).

The second exact sequence that enables representing [H.sup.[1].sub.D] is

[mathematical expression not reproducible], (12)

where [H.sup.1] (R/Z) is the first cohomology group R/Z-valued and [[OMEGA].sup.2.sub.Z] is the set of closed2 forms with integral periods.

This exact sequence leads to the representation shown in Figure 2.

Those two exact sequences contain the same information.

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (13)

4. Operations and Duality on Deligne Cohomology Classes

Given two Deligne cohomology classes A and B with respective representatives ([A.sub.[alpha]], [[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]] [n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]]) and ([B.sub.[alpha]], [[THETA].sub.[alpha][beta]], [m.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]]), we define a Deligne cohomology class A * B with representative:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (14)

The integral of a Deligne cohomology class A with representative ([A.sub.[alpha]], [[LAMBDA].sub.[alpha][beta]], [n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]]) over a cycle z is defined by

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (15)

where [??] means that the equality is satisfied in R/Z, that is, up to an integer. This integral is nothing but a holonomy, that is, a typical observable of Chern-Simons and BF quantum field theories. This definition ensures gauge invariance in the sense described in the introduction.

We can define in the same way the integral over M of A * B which provides a generalization of Chern-Simons and BF abelian actions:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (16)

Let us point out that the first term is nothing but the local classical action, the other terms ensuring the gluing of local expressions up to an integer.

Note that

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (17)

defines a bilinear pairing from the space [Z.sub.1] of 1 cycle and the space of Deligne cohomology classes (both considered as Z-moduli) in R/Z as well as

[H.sup.[1].sub.D] x [H.sup.[1].sub.D] [right arrow] R/Z (A, B) [??] [[integral].sub.M] A * B. (18)

Starting from that remark and for later convenience, we will consider Pontrjagin dual [(X).sup.#] = Horn (X, R/Z) of a group X. Considering Horn as a functor, we can show that the following sequences are exact:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (19)

Moreover, the information of the first two exact sequences is included in those two new ones.

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (20)

The Pontrjagin dual is a generalization to distributional objects. Finally, we see that [Z.sub.1] [subset] [([H.sup.[1].sub.D]).sup.#] in the sense of (17).

5. Decomposition of Deligne Cohomology Classes

The structure of Deligne cohomology classes is such that each class A can be decomposed as the sum of an origin indexed on the cohomology of M (basis of the discrete fibre bundle of Deligne cohomology classes) and a translation taken in [[OMEGA].sup.1]/[[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.Z]:

A = [A.sup.0.sub.a] + [omega], a [member of] [H.sup.2] (Z). (21)

The result of functional integrals over the space of Deligne cohomology classes will not depend on the choice of the origins, but the complexity of the computations will. Thus, our goal is to find convenient origins with algebraic properties that will enable performing computations easily.

Concerning the translations, we can decompose (noncanonically) [[OMEGA].sup.1] /[[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.Z] as

[[OMEGA].sup.1]/[[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.Z] [approximately equal to] [[OMEGA].sup.1]/[[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.0] x [[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.0]/[[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.Z], (22)

where [[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.0] denotes the set of closed 1 form. Furthermore

[mathematical expression not reproducible], (23)

[b.sub.1] being the first Betti number. We will call zero modes the elements [[omega].sub.0] [member of] [[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.0]/[[OMEGA].sup.1.sub.Z]. With this decomposition, we obtain

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (24)

Let us consider generators [z.sub.a] of the free part of the homology of M. Then, by Pontrjagin duality, we can associate to it a unique element [mathematical expression not reproducible]. Thus, for a fibre over [[summation].sub.a] [m.sup.a][z.sub.a] [member of] [F.sub.1] [equivalent] [F.sup.2] we will consider as origin the element

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (25)

Note that

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (26)

since it represents a linking number which is necessarily an integer. We impose as a convention the so-called zero regularisation:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (27)

which is ill-defined as self-linking. Finally, if we decompose [mathematical expression not reproducible], then we obtain

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (28)

Let us consider now a generator [[tau].sub.a] of the component [mathematical expression not reproducible] of the torsion part of the homology of M. This means that [[tau].sub.a] is the boundary of no surface, but [p.sub.a][[tau].sub.a] is. Consider now [mathematical expression not reproducible] defined by

[mathematical expression not reproducible], (29)

where [p.sub.a][n.sub.[alpha][beta][gamma]] = [m.sub.[beta][gamma]] - [m.sub.[alpha][gamma]] + [m.sub.[alpha][beta]]. Thus, for a fibre over [[summation].sub.a] [[kappa].sup.a][[tau].sub.a] [member of] [T.sub.1] [equivalent] [T.sup.2] we will consider as origin the element

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (30)

This choice has several advantages since we can show that

[mathematical expression not reproducible], (31)

where Q is the so-called linking form, which is a quadratic form over the torsion of the cohomology. Also

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (32)

for any free origin [A.sub.m] and

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (33)

for any translation [omega].

6. U(1) Chern-Simons and BF Theories

Chern-Simons abelian action is generalized as

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (34)

Since [[integral].sub.M] A * A [member of] R/Z, then N has to be quantized here:

N [member of] Z. (35)

The partition function is defined as

[mathematical expression not reproducible], (36)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] being a normalization that has to cancel the intrinsic divergence of the functional integral. The functional measure we use is then

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (37)

Assume that this measure verifies the so-called Cameron-Martin property; that is,

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (38)

for a fixed connection A and a translation [omega], then, for [j.sub.[gamma]] a translation in [([H.sup.[1].sub.D]).sup.#] associated with a cycle [gamma]:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (39)

Using the algebraic properties given before, we can compute exactly the Chern-Simons abelian partition function.

As a convention, for the normalization we choose

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (40)

which corresponds to the trivial fibre of Deligne bundle for our theory defined over a manifold M. This trivial fibre is the (only) one that constitutes Deligne bundle if we consider a theory over [S.sup.3]. This choice enables establishing a link with Reshetikhin-Turaev abelian invariant (see [1]). Note that usually the normalization of Reshetikhin-Turaev invariant is chosen to be related to [S.sup.1] x [S.sup.2]. However if the normalization is done with respect to [S.sup.3] then one recovers in the abelian case the invariants obtained with convention (40).

This way, we find

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (41)

Analogous considerations apply to BF abelian theory whose generalized action is

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (42)

(N being here also quantized) which leads to a partition function written as

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (43)

Computations of expectation values of observables can also be performed thanks to this method in both Chern-Simons and BF abelian theories (see [1, 2]).

7. Conclusion

Several correspondences in the nonabelian case, mainly SU(2), have been established formally, that is, with manipulations of ill-defined quantities:

(1) Chern-Simons partition function is related to Reshetikhin-Turaev topological invariant [3].

(2) BF partition function is related to Turaev-Viro topological invariant [4].

(3) The square modulus of Chern-Simons partition function is equal to the BF partition function [5].

This is summed up on the following diagram:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (44)

the only result perfectly rigorously established being the one of Turaev, Reshetikhin, and Viro (see [6-8]).

In the abelian case, we saw that Deligne cohomology approach enables defining rigorously functional integration in the specific case of Chern-Simons and BF theories. Using this tool, we show that the previous diagram is no longer correct and has to be replaced by the following one:

[mathematical expression not reproducible]. (45)

where the hypothesis of Turaev are not necessarily satisfied with abelian representations, leading to an inequality in general.

This shows that the abelian theories, contrary to what could be expected, are not a simple trivial subcase of the nonabelian ones. However, we expect to find some traces of this abelian case in the nonabelian one, which is the aim of present works.

Conflicts of Interest

The author declares that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.


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Philippe Mathieu

LAPTh, Universite de Savoie, CNRS, Chemin de Bellevue, BP 110, 74941 Annecy-le-

Vieux Cedex, France

Correspondence should be addressed to Philippe Mathieu;

Received 15 May 2017; Accepted 18 June 2017; Published 30 August 2017

Academic Editor: Ralf Hofmann

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