Talk:Topological quantum field theory
Removed most of a paragraph
"Physically speaking, topological field theories are not especially interesting. They are toy models, far simpler in structure than the quantum field theories which describe real-world physics. They can be thought of as warm-up exercises for the much harder task of quantizing gravity. Quantum gravity is believed to be background-independent (in some suitable sense), and TQFTs provide examples of background independent quantum field theories. Unfortunately, they are only background independent in a fairly trivial sense: they are independent of the spacetime metric (thought of as a background gravitational field), but they do not admit any local degrees of freedom. There is no radiation in a TQFT: no propagating waves, no gluons, no gravitons."
- Implying that TQFTs don't "describe real-world physics" is inconsistent with the preceding paragraph.
- "There is no radiation in a TQFT: no propagating waves, no gluons, no gravitons" conflicts with what I've seen elsewhere.
I'm assuming that there's a confusion here, and editing accordingly. 184.108.40.206 08:03, 17 September 2007 (UTC)
referable literature required
Quite impressing introduction. Even though I think the emphasize on a metric background is a bit strong (p.ex. metric independent, many TQFTs don't need a metric at all).
Even though I have already seen this classification in physics, I don't understand where typical topological sigma-models fit into it, p.ex. Poisson sigma model ([hep-th/9405110]), Courant sigma model ([hep-th/0608150]) or Dirac sigma model ([hep-th/0411112]).
references for fixed spacetime
I am curious for some references on this section on fixed spacetime, i just saw a fantastic talk on the topic and am interested in reading more, i am interested in where this info is from, also in general having more references would be greatm perhaps a recommended reading? Sean, a student 21:42, 7 April 2008 (UTC)
describe the Atiyah's original axioms
I'm going to describe the Atiyah's original axioms from his papers in 1980's. I will write the original axioms, relations to physics and some examples and add some reference of them. Enyokoyama (talk) 15:10, 29 July 2012 (UTC)
Dear someone who described firstly the part of the article about relations between TQFT and (co)bordism; Would you mind completing the article where has expressed as "[ed. unfinished]" or introducing me some references. --Enyokoyama (talk) 03:34, 12 August 2012 (UTC)
disambiguation needed about partition function
Dear PKT. Thanks for your pointing out this point! I intend to refer partition function in quantum field theory. But there are several partition functions, which essentially should be as same as each other, I think. I will fixed it according to your advice. I wonder which partition function is relevant. It might be difficult problem.--Enyokoyama (talk) 12:50, 10 February 2013 (UTC)
I have fixed the kind of correlation functions and partition functions to "correlation function (quantum field theory)" and "partition function (quantum field theory)" but I am more interesting in the article of them (statistical mechanics) or (mathematics) than the ones (quantum field theory).--Enyokoyama (talk) 13:06, 10 February 2013 (UTC)