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stub for automorphic form,to go with the blog discussion here
I have added to the Idea-section a the table that maybe nicely motivates what the whole subject is about.
It looks like the entry should be called topological automorphic form while automorphic form should be a separate entry (I do not believe two such huge subjects can fit into a single entry).
Yes, at the moment we have modular form, topological modular form and tmf. Presumably we should have automorphic form, topological automorphic form and taf.
It looks like the entry should be called topological automorphic form
It is! :-)
OK, created stub for classical automorphic forms and moved Norman Wallach’s reference there, and done some linking.
It’s Nolan Wallach. I’ve made the change.
Re the table mentioned at 2, if we have
(1,1)-dimensional Euclidean field theories and K-theory
and
(2,1)-dimensional Euclidean field theories and tmf,
are we supposed to have
(n,1)-dimensional Euclidean field theories and taf?
David,
I was asking people precisely this question today at the conference. So far nobody seems to know anything beyond that it is an evident guess. But I’ll check with further people later. Not everybody seems to have arrived yet.
John was guessing at something like this back in TWF 197:
In particular, they show how the spectrum for complex K-theory can be built from the space of supersymmetric 1d field theories, just as the spectrum “tmf” is (conjecturally) built from some space of supersymmetric conformal field theories. Being an optimist, I can’t help but hope this pattern goes on something like this:
some cohomology theory that detects $v_n$-periodic phenomena
connections on complex “n-vector bundles”
some supersymmetric field theories on n-dimensional spacetime
The last two items correlate clearly. But I am not sure how to see why it is specifically TAF that comes out for higher dimensional SQFTs. If it does.
Perhaps a crazy thought, but looking at this slide from a talk by Behrens, wouldn’t you expect an extension of the Whitehead tower to Fivebrane to give something interesting?
As you co-kill the homotopy groups, $O(n)$ comes to resemble the trivial group more closely, and we get closer to what Behrens calls $\Omega^{e}_{\ast}$, isomorphic to stable homotopy. So $\Omega^{Fivebrane}_{\ast}$ should see more $v_n$ periodic behaviour.
Perhaps a crazy thought, but looking at this slide from a talk by Behrens, wouldn’t you expect an extension of the Whitehead tower to Fivebrane to give something interesting?
Yes, certainly, that’s why the Fivebrane group is called such: just as Spin-structures make the super-particle i.e. the super 1d QFT be well-defined, and String-structures makes the heterotic string, i.e. the super 2d QFT be well defined, so Fivebrane structures similarly relate to super 6-dimensional QFT.
But, while we know that FIvebrane structures cancel the “fermionic anomaly” of the 5-brane, otherwise very little is known about that 6d QFT, as of yet.
But what links all this to the homotopy groups of the sphere? What is the equivalent for Fivebrane of TMF for String? Is there a ring-valued genus from $\Omega^{Fivebrane}$ to some ring?
I don’t have any definite answers to these questions. It seems that most the 6-d analogs of the corresponding 2-d ingredients of the story are very much not understood yet.
I have checked again with Hisham Sati. He tells me that in the 2008 talk where he talked about Fivebrane structures, he already stated a conjecture that there will be a morphism from $\Omega^{Fivebrane}$ to topological automorphic forms. I didn’t know about that, to be frank.
If I find out more that I may share, I’ll let you know.
Thanks Todd for Nolan. It sliped my mind. Is anybody having a fie of his book on Fourier transform and symplectic geometry. It is a simple old book whose simplicity made me always easily remember the stuff. But I have not seen it since leaving United States…
Re 16, that would seem to be a good move to link your work up to topological automorphic forms. There does seem to be considerable interest.
If I have this height business correct, I think Fivebrane would pick up $v_6$ periods. It seems that K3-cohomology can get up to height 10, and the Shimura variety approach could get to any height.
Wow. I wrote up the page height of a variety over a year ago. I’m shocked that it comes up in this topic. My thesis work has a lot to do with height, p-divisible groups, and liftability for K3 surfaces and Calabi-Yau threefolds and the relation to the derived category. This is very interesting since the motivation was very different for me.
Anything on the link between height and detection of $v_n$ periodic behaviour would be good to add, e.g., Ravenel on p. 15 of these slides.
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