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Lifting a differential operator

Let $D$ be a differential operator acting between the spaces of smooth sections of two vector bundles $E,F$ over compact manifold $M$. If $M$ is not simply connected one can construct the universal ...
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What is the “real” meaning of the $\hat A$ class (or the Todd class)?

In the Atiyah-Singer index theorem as well as in the Grothendieck-Riemann-Roch theorem, one encounters either the $\hat A$-class or the Todd class, depending on the context. I want to focus on the ...
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Submodules of a Hilbert space with finite Jones index with respect to a von Neumann algebra

While studying some basic theory of Cartan subalgebras of von Neumann algebras I found the following fact that I couldn't prove: Let $H$ be a Hilbert space, $A$ and $B$ trace von Neumann subalgebras ...
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Index of a family of operators

In the usual setting of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem the situation is as follows: we have a closed smooth manifold $M$ without boundary and $D$ is some elliptic differential operator acting on ...
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Spectrum of the Grassmannian Laplacian

The spectrum of the Laplacian (with respect to the Fubini--Study metric) was addressed in this old question. Does anyone know if these results have been extended to the Grassmannians?
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Atiyah Singer index theorem and Hodge de Rham operator

When I read about Atiyah Singer index theorem I met the following example: let $M$ is (orientable closed smooth) Riemannian manifold and consider Hodge-de Rham Dirac operator defined by $d+d^*$ ...
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Parametrized Atiyah-Singer index theorem

Let $M$ be any smooth manifold (could be unorientable - I think). Let $E,F \to M$ be two complex vector bundles. Let $S$ be any compact space, and let $D_s:E\to F,s\in S$ be a continuous family ...
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Fredholm subvector spaces of $B(\mathcal{H})$

Let $\mathcal{H}$ be a separable Hilbert space with orthonormal base $\{e_i\}\;\;i\in \mathbb{N}$. Definition: We say a subvector space $W\subset B(\mathcal{H})$ is a Fredholm subspace if ...
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derivative of the adiabatic limit of the eta invariant

To ask my question I have to write down the setup. Basically the setup is the adiabatic limit of the reduced eta invariant of Dirac operator associated to the submersion metric and connection. So if ...
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Local index formula for >ungraded< elliptic operators

Let $P\colon E \to F$ be an elliptic pseudodifferential operator over $M$. Assuming that $P$ defines a finitely summable Fredholm module, we may apply the Chern-Connes character to it to get a cyclic ...
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How to extend index theorem to infinite dimensional manifolds?

I was thinking about the following "obvious" construction the other day. Let $$ \mathbb{S}^{\infty}_{2}=\bigcup_{i=1}^{\infty}\mathbb{S}^{2i} $$ Then because we know that $\chi(\mathbb{S}^{2i})=2$ for ...
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Uniform upper bound for dim of kernel and codimension of range of certain familly of PDE

A polynomial vector field of degree $n$ on $S^{2}$ is the Poincare compactification of a $n$ degree polynomial vector field on $\mathbb{R}^{2}$.It is a real analytic vector field on $S^{2}$ which ...
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Elliptic PDE-Fredholm PDE(Is there a contradictory situation)

Let $E$ be a smooth vector bundle on a closed manifold $M$. Assume that $D:\Gamma^{\infty}(E)\to \Gamma^{\infty}(E)$ is a diff. operator which is a fredhoolm operator, in the algebraic ...
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The space of Fredholm operators as a classifying space

Is it true that the space of Fredholm operators on a separable Hilbert space is the classifying space for K-theory in the category of paracompact spaces? Everyone quotes the theorem of Atiyah-Janich ...
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Elliptic operators corresponds to non vanishing vector fields

Let $X$ be a non vanishing vector field on a compact manifold $M$. The only differential operator associated with $X$ which I am aware of, is the derivational operator $D(g)=X.g$. Unfortunately ...
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How does the Atiyah-Singer index theorem in a relative setting related to “ringed spaces and pseudocoherent complexes of finite tor-dimension”?

I come across the following paragraph from the article Reminiscences of Grothendieck and His School, here is from the part of the interview by Luc Illusie,: " I was indeed looking for an ...
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Local Index Formula vs Atiyah Singer Index Theorem

I have a question concerning the so called Local Index Formula by Connes in noncommutative geometry. First issue: why it is called Index Formula? I spoke to one person about this and he gave me the ...
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Euler number of the complex of basic forms

Let $G$ be a compact Lie group and $\pi:P \to M$ a principal $G$-bundle. I would like to understand the geometry of $M$ through $P$ with the $G$-action. I am trying to understand the Hopf bundle ...
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Normal coordinates near the boundary

Let $M$ be an Riemannian manifold with boundary $\partial M$ and $e_n$ be a unit normal vector on $\partial M$. With respect to $e_n$, around a point $p$ on boundary, we have the usual normal ...
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How to classify continuous/differentiable maps from $T^2$ to $U(N)$?

I read a physics paper, of which the main idea is based on the topological classification of maps from 3-torus to the space of $N\times N$ unitary matrices. To quote their equation (4), which gives a ...
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Applications of Atiyah-Singer using pseudodifferential operators

Though the Atiyah-Singer index theorem holds for pseudodifferential operators, all the applications of the index theorem I know of only need it for Dirac-type operators. I know that pseudodifferential ...
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Atiyah-Singer for pseudodifferential operators via heat kernel?

The Atiyah-Singer theorem for Dirac-type operators can be proved using the heat kernel and this proof has an advantage over the proof via K-theory, because the first is local but the latter is not. ...
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What's the relation between the heat kernel proof of the index theorem and deformation quantization?

In the book "Heat kernels and Dirac operators", I found the slogan by Quillen in the Introduction: "Dirac operators are a quantization of the theory of connections, and the supertrace of the heat ...
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How to compute the index of such operator?

Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold, with $R$ nowhere-vanishing vector field on $M$(whose orbit may be closed/ not closed). $E$ and $F$ are two vector bundle (Edit: which are sub-bundles of ...
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Non-elliptic deformation complex of some instanton-like equation

I have a very stupid and non-specific question, as follows. And let me know if I am asking in a wrong way. We known that, for instance, if one is interested in computing dimension of moduli space of ...
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Failure of Fredholm property of elliptic PDE systems

Roughly speaking, a PDE operator satisfies the Fredholm property if its principal symbol is elliptic and the information provided on the boundary satisfies the Shapiro-Lopatinskii condition. What can ...
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Do we have a “topological assembly map” in the Baum-Connes conjecture?

In the equivariant Atiyah-Singer index theorem, when $G$ is a compact group acting on a manifold $M$ and $R(G)$ is the representation ring of $G$. We have the analytic index $$ \text{a-ind}: ...
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The relation between the heat kernel on the principal bundle and the heat kernel on the base manifold

This question is mainly about Section 5.2 of the book "Heat Kernels and Dirac Operators" by Berline, Getzler and Vergne. Let $M$ be a compact Riemannian manifold without boundary and $P\rightarrow M$ ...
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Karoubi versus Kasparov K-theory

I have the following, probably very elementary question: Let $Cl^{p,q}$ be the Clifford algebra on generators $e_i$, $i=1, \ldots, p+q$ with $e_i e_j = -e_j e_i$ and $e_{i}^{2}=-1$ for $i=1,\ldots,p$, ...
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Proof that the Hodge-de Rham Rank Equals the Euler Characteristic

Can someone please provide a good (online accessible) reference for the well-known identity $$ \text{rank((d + d}^*)^+) = \sum_{i=}^n (-1)^i \dim(H^i(M)), $$ where $M$ is a manifold of dimension $n$, ...
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What is Quillen's contribution to index theorem?

In the book "Heat Kernels and Dirac Operators" by Berline, Getzler and Vergne it is said that "Our book is based on a simple principle, which we learned from D. Quillen: Dirac operators are a ...
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How we do actually compute the topological index in Atiyah-Singer?

This is migrated by math.stackexchange as I did not receive an answer. I do not know if it is too naive for this site. I am taking a lectured class in Atiyah-Singer this semester. While the class is ...
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Tricks to produce examples of hypersurfaces with index greater than $1$

Recall, index of an algebraic scheme $X$ is defined to be the greatest common divisor of the degrees of the space of zero cycles on $X$. I am interested in examples of hypersurfaces in ...
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Index theorems and orientability

Given a Dirac operator $D$ acting on some Clifford bundle $\mathcal{E}$ over a compact, even-dimensional, oriented manifold $M$, the Atiyah-Singer index theorem states that its index is given by ...
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Index of a differential operator between trivial bundles.

Let $M$ be a closed parallelizable manifold and $D: \Gamma(E) \to \Gamma(F)$ an elliptic differential operator between trivial vector bundles $E,F \to M$. The Atiyah Singer index theorem implies that ...
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Kasparov's Dirac element and the index map

In Kasparov's 1988 paper Equivariant KK-theory and the Novikov conjecture section 4 he defined the Dirac element for a (non-spin) $G$- Riemanian manifold $X$ as an element in the $K$-homology ...
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The proof of the splitting principle in equivariant K-theory via flag manifolds

In Atiyah's famous paper "Bott periodicity and the index of elliptic operators" section 4, he proved the splitting principle for unitary groups (Propostion 4.9 in that paper), namely: Let $j: ...
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Relative index theorem for Clifford linear Dirac operators

Dear community, there is relative index theorem due to Gromov and Lawson (Thm. 4.18 in POSITIVE SCALAR CURVATURE AND THE DIRAC OPERATOR ON COMPLETE RIEMANNIAN MANIFOLDS) which states that ...
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Topological index and Dirac operator with a non compact group

A spinor which belogs to a representation of a group $G=SO(p,q)$ is a section of a product bundle $S(M)\otimes E$, where $S(M)$ is a spin bundle over a four dimensional orientable and compact manifold ...
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The equivariant index of Dirac operator

Let us consider the Dirac complex \begin{equation} D_{\rm Dirac}:S^+\to S^- \end{equation} where $S^{\pm}$ are the chiral-spinor bundles on $\mathbb{R}^4$. Using the fact that the bundle $S^+$ is ...
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Why does the index of the Dirac operator on a manifold with boundary live inside the Pfaffian line of the boundary Dirac operator?

I am trying to understand a statement from page 72 of What is an elliptic object? by Stolz and Teichner. They have a spin Riemannian 2-manifold $\Sigma$, with boundary 1-manifold $Y$. The Dirac ...
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Geometric meaning of L-genus

Is there any reasonable geometric meaning of the L-genus for smooth manifolds? or perhaps easier, for complex algebraic surfaces? The question came up after a friend and I realized that we don't ...
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What is the role of equivariance in the Atiyah-Singer index theorem?

I'm trying to read through "The index of elliptic operators I," and here's what I understand of the structure of the proof: Define (using purely K-theoretic means) a homomorphism $K_G(TX) \to ...
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If V is an irreducible representation of G, what is K_{G}(T_{G}V)?

Here, G is a compact lie group. V is a finite dimensional irrepn of G. By Atiyah, every element in K_{G}(T_{G}V) is a symbol of a transversally elliptic operator on V. Of course, K_{G}(T_{G}V) is ...
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Between Being a Connection and Being an Elliptic Operator

Let $E$ be a smooth complex vector bundle over a smooth compact manifold $M$ and let $H$ be the $Z_{2}$-graded (with the $Z_{2}$-grading given by even/odd forms) Hilbert space of $L_{2}$ (with respect ...
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Understanding the analytic index map of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem

Hi, I'm currently trying to understand the Atiyah-Singer index theorem and its proof as presented in the book "Spin Geometry" by Lawson and Michelsohn. I do not understand why the analytic index map ...
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Index of elliptic operators III: H-structure invariant under a group G

In the Atiyah-Singer paper mentioned above, they introduced on p.557 a concept called $H$-structure which is used to describe the Chern character of special elements of $K(TX)$. It is roughly the ...
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In K-homology K(X), if the Dirac operator D is invertible, does [D] represent zero element?

When X = pts, we know that the index of [D] equal to 0. What about X is not a point. Thanks
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Intuitive explanation for the Atiyah-Singer index theorem

My question is related to the question Explanation for the Chern Character to this question about Todd classes, and to this question about the Atiyah-Singer index theorem. I'm trying to learn the ...
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What do heat kernels have to do with the Riemann-Roch theorem and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem?

I know the following facts. (Don't assume I know much more than the following facts.) The Atiyah-Singer index theorem generalizes both the Riemann-Roch theorem and the Gauss-Bonnet theorem. The ...