Math 545 - Geometry of Physics

Fall 2008

room meeting times
Cupples I, 113 TuTh 11:30a - 1:00p

instructor phone # office e-mail office hours
Renato Feres 5-6752 Cupples I 17 Mo 12:00 - 2:00 / We 12:00 - 2:00

Course Plan: Our goal is to understand the geometric structure of classical (and semiclassical) gauge fields on general spacetimes. A good part of the course will be about general relativity and Einstein-Maxwell theory, paying special attention to electromagnetism as a model of gauge theory. Other (non-abelian) semiclassical gauge fields will be regarded more broadly and in less detail. The following is a somewhat ambitious wish list of topics we hope to cover:

Texts: the following texts should be useful at various points. I plan to rely strongly on the first, at least for half the course.

Grades: will be based on a moderate amount of homework assignments and/or lecture presentation at the end of the semester on a topic of your choice.