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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...