Smooth Open-Closed Field Theories from Gerbes and D-Branes

15 June 2020
Severin Bunk

In this talk I will present results from an ongoing joint research  program with Konrad Waldorf. Its main goal is to understand the  relation between gerbes on a manifold M and open-closed smooth field  theories on M. Gerbes can be viewed as categorified line bundles, and  we will see how gerbes with connections on M and their sections give  rise to smooth open-closed field theories on M. If time permits, we  will see that the field theories arising in this way have several characteristic properties, such as invariance under thin homotopies,  and that they carry positive reflection structures. From a physical  perspective, ourconstruction formalises the WZW amplitude as part of  a smooth bordism-type field theory.