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2-Morse Theory and the Algebra of the Infrared

Journal of Geometry and Physics. 2020. Vol. 149. P. 1-9.

We develop the formal analogue of the Morse theory for a pair of commuting gradient-like vector fields. The resulting algebraic formalism turns out to be very similar to the algebra of the infrared of Gaiotto, Moore and Witten (see Gaiotto et al., and Kapranov et al.): from a manifold M with the pair of gradient-like commuting vector fields, subject to some general position conditions we construct an L∞-algebra and Maurer–Cartan element in it. We also provide Morse-theoretic examples for the algebra of the infrared data.