In the mathematical fields of differential geometry and geometric measure theory, homological integration or geometric integration is a method for extending the notion of the integral to manifolds. Rather than functions or differential forms, the integral is defined over currents on a manifold.
The theory is "homological" because currents themselves are defined by duality with differential forms. To wit, the space Dk of k-currents on a manifold M is defined as the dual space, in the sense of distributions, of the space of k-forms Ωk on M. Thus there is a pairing between k-currents T and k-forms α, denoted here by
Under this duality pairing, the exterior derivative
goes over to a boundary operator
for all α ∈ Ωk. This is a homological rather than cohomological construction.
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- Whitney, H. (1957), Geometric Integration Theory, Princeton Mathematical Series 21, Princeton, NJ and London: Princeton University Press and Oxford University Press, pp. XV+387, MR 0087148, Zbl 0083.28204.
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