Topology, rigid cosymmetries and linearization instability in higher gauge theories

01/29/2016 - 13:30
01/29/2016 - 14:30
Igor Khavkine (Trento, Italy)
McGill University, Burnside Hall, 9th floor, BURN 920

It is well known that some solutions of non-linear partial differential equations (PDEs), like Einstein or Yang-Mills equations, exhibit linearization instability: some linearized solutions do not extend to families of near-by non-linear solutions. Often, linearized solution fail to extend when some non-linear functional, which we refer to as a linearization obstruction, is non-zero on it. In the case of Einstein and Yang-Mills equations, such linearization obstructions are precisely related to spacetime topology, charges of linearized conservation laws and rigid symmetries of the background solution. I will describe a significant generalization this classic result. It is applicable to both elliptic and hyperbolic equations, to variational and non-variational equations, to determined systems and gauge theories, and to ordinary as well as higher gauge theories.

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