Stat. Field Theory Course
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**Topological Field Theory**

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Alessandro Tanzini

**CONTENTS**

Part 1: from classical mechanics to supersymmetry

- review of classical mechanics (Hamilton, Lagrange, Hamilton Jacobi
formulations)

- classical field theory: Noether theorem, scalar fields and sigma models,
Clifford algebrae and spinor fields, gauge fields, instantons, monopoles

- supersymmetry: supermanifolds, superfields, supersymmetric sigma models,
gauge theories with (extended) supersymmetry

Part 2: path integral representation of topological invariants

- path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, Feynman-Kac formula.
Gauge fields and BRS symmetry.

- topological quantum field theories: supersymmetric quantum mechanics
and the Euler characteristic, topological sigma model and Gromov-Witten
invariants, Chern-Simons theory and knot invariants, [BF theory and
Batalin-Vilkoviski formalism], topological Yang-Mills theory and
Donaldson invariants.

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