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SO(3) monopoles and relations between Donaldson and Seiberg-Witten invariants Feehan, Paul


We shall describe the SO(3)-monopole cobordism approach to proving two results concerning gauge-theoretic invariants of closed, four-dimensional, smooth manifolds. First, we shall explain how the SO(3)-monopole cobordism are used to prove that all four-manifolds with Seiberg-Witten simple type satisfy the superconformal simple type condition defined by Marino, Moore, and Peradze (1999). This result implies a lower bound, conjectured by Fintushel and Stern (2001), on the number of Seiberg-Witten basic classes in terms of topological data. Second, we shall explain how the SO(3)-monopole cobordism and the superconformal simple type property are used to prove Witten's Conjecture (1994) relating the Donaldson and Seiberg-Witten invariants. Our presentation is primarily based on our articles arXiv:1408.5307 and arXiv:1408.5085 and book arXiv:math/0203047 (to appear in Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society), all joint with Thomas Leness.

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