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Some questions on defining the analytic index

The questions I have are about the definition of the analytic index of a family of self-adjoint Fredholm operators parameterized by a compact space $B$ (say a closed manifold). Actually, the ...
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Eta-Invariant and Atiyah-Patodi-Singer Index Theorem

In Quantum Field Theory and Jones Polynomial (equation 2.16), Witten used a formula relating the APS eta-invariant to the Chern-Simons action. Witten claimed that it is derived from the Atiyah-Patodi-...
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Variation Formula of APS $\eta$-Invariant and Chern-Simons Theory

In Perturbative Expansion of Chern-Simons Theory with Noncompact Gauge Group, the author proved the variation formula of the APS $\eta$-invariant. I have a few questions about their proof. I will ...
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Theta Summable operator with bounded trace

Let $D$ be an unboudned self-adjoint operator on the Hilbert space $H$. We assume that all spectrum of $D$ are eigenvalues and $D$ is theta-summable, i.e. $e^{-tD^2}$ is of trace class for all $t>...
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eta invariant and spectral flow

We know that for a family of first-order self adjoint elliptic (Fredholm) operator $A_t$, for $t\in [0,1]$ we have the formula $$\eta(A_1)-\eta(A_0)=spfl(A_t)_{t\in[0,1]}+\int^1_0 \omega(s)ds,$$ where ...
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Torsion in Atiyah Singer index formula

In the papers of Atiyah and Singer, they first show their index theorem and then derive some index formulas. For the Fredohlm index living in the integers, they use the fact that on spheres the Chern ...
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Dirac operator on manifold with periodic end

Let $\tilde W$ be a spin closed oriented manifold, $Y$ is a codimension $1$ closed oriented submanifold of $\tilde W$, and denote the $W$ the cobordism from $Y$ to itself obtained from cutting $\...
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Integrand in equivariant Atiyah-Patodi-Singer index theorem

I am trying to determine the integrand in the equivariant Atiyah-Patodi-Singer index theorem by Donnelli ("Eta invariants for G-spaces") for spin manifolds if one only has isolated fixed points. In "...
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Beyond smoothness-the clear picture about the notion of a differential form

In this paper N.Teleman constructs the signature operator on an arbitrary (closed, oriented) Lipschitz manifold with coefficients in a vector bundle $\xi$. In particular the notion of a differential $...
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About mod 2 Index of Dirac Operators in 3D on Non-Orientable Manifold

I was reading Witten's paper "Fermion Path Integrals and Topological Phases" (https://arxiv.org/abs/1508.04715). He claimed that Indeed, on an orientable 3-manifold, the eigenvalues of the Dirac ...
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Functoriality for wrong way maps

In the K-theory formulation of the index theorem one defines the topological index in terms of the so called wrong way maps. Those maps are defined for embeddings of compact manifolds $i:X \to Y$: see ...
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Example of a certain partitioned manifold

I'm looking for an example of a non-compact spin manifold $M$ and a compact subset $K\subseteq M$ such that $\partial K$ is a compact hypersurface in $M$ with $\hat{A}(\partial K)\neq 0$. (At first I ...
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Elements of graded algebra associated with the algebra of differential operators as smooth sections

Let $M$ be a compact manifold and $E$ a complex vector bundle. We will consider differential operators $P$ acting between $\Gamma^{\infty}(M,E)$. Let $\mathcal{P}$ be the algebra of all differential ...
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Vanishing of K-theoretic index and positive scalar curvature

I'm confused about a seemingly basic point about a classical result on positive scalar curvature and would appreciate it if an expert could help me out. Let $M^n$ be a closed spin manifold with ...
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Index formula with nonisolated fixed points

Consider a compact Riemannian manifold of even dimension $n$ admitting a $U(1)$ action. If the fixed points of the action are isolated, then Witten [1; eq. 35] gives the character-valued index of the ...
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Ellipticity of certain differential operator associated to a pair of vector field via curvature tensor

What is a precise example of the following situation: A compact Riemanian manifold $M$ admits two vector field $X,Y$ such that the the operator $$Z\mapsto R(X,Y)Z$$ Would be an elliptic operator and ...
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The index of certain differential operator on tori

Assume that $J$ is an almost complex structure on torus $\mathbb{T}^2$. Let $X$ be a non vanishing vector field on the torus. Let $g$ be a Riemannian metric with corresponding $LC$ connection $...
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Index of glued operator

Suppose $X_1$ is a manifold which has a tubular end $\mathbb R^+\times Y$, and $X_2$ is a manifold which has a tubular end $\mathbb R^-\times Y$. Here, $X_1,X_2$ are orientable manifolds and $Y$ is a ...
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Injectivity of the $\alpha$-genus

My question regards the map defined in Atiyah,Bott,Shapiro "Clifford modules", which equals the index of the Clifford-linear Dirac operator: $$\alpha:\Omega^\mathrm{Spin}_\ast(M)\longrightarrow KO^{-n}...
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KK-theoretical proof of Atiyah-Singer index theorem

Does anyone know of any detailed proof of the Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem using KK-theory/ Kasparov products? References to any papers and textbooks are greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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supersymmetry and the de Rham complex

In Alvarez-Gaume's paper "Supersymmetry and the index theorem" there is given a certain supersymmetric Lagrangian whose quantization, apparently, leads to the de Rham Laplacian on the exterior ...
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preliminary reading recommendation before embarking on Connes non commutative geometry book?

I want to try to understand non commutative geometry by reading Connes's book ..and I am discovering it is a hard book to read :-) as I miss a lot of background specially in operator algebra and ...
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Could an inverse of (weak) Morse inequality exists in some special case?

Could an inverse Morse inequality hold in some sense? More precisely I wish the following result to be true: Problem $M$ is a smooth simply connected compact manifold, $dim(M)=n$, $f$ is a morse ...
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Relative version of Hopf cyclic cohomology

In this paper Connes and Moscovici introduced the Hopf algebra of transverse differential operators in order to compute the index formula for the diffeomorphism invariant geometry. They developed the ...
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Why is index unchanged after applying functional calculus?

Suppose $D$ is the Dirac operator on a closed spin manifold $M$, with spinors $S$. One can take the functional calculus of $D$ with respect to the continuous function $f:\mathbb{R}\rightarrow\mathbb{R}...
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Pseudodifferential calculus for the Diffeomorphism Invariant Geometry

In the paper "Local Index Formula in Noncommutative Geometry" Connes and Moscovici build the spectral triple $(A,H,D)$ where $A=C^{\infty}_c(P) \rtimes \Gamma$ where $\Gamma$ is an arbitrary subgroup ...
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Baum Connes conjecture and abstract isomorphism

Baum-Connes conjecture states that for a locally compact group $G$ the so called assebly map $\mu$ between $G$-equivariant K-homology of the universal example for proper actions of $G$ and K-theory of ...
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Reference request: Higson compactification

It seems that the idea of the Higson compactification first arose in the context of non-compact manifolds in a 1992 preprint of Higson called "The relative $K$-homology of Baum and Douglas". It seems ...
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Subordination process and Bismut's proof of asymptotic formula for the heat kernel

J. Bismut proved the asymptotic formula for the heat kernel of the Laplace-Beltrami operator $\Delta$ on a manifold $M$ in one of his well-known books. Later, in his paper on the index theorem, ...
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Local family index theorem, but with Chern class?

Let $\pi:X\to B$ be a proper submersion with spin fibers, and $E\to X$ a Hermitian vector bundle with a unitary connection $\nabla$. Then the local family index theorem for spin Dirac operator twisted ...
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Definition of the $G$-equivariant index map

My question concerns a statement on page 12 of the following paper of Baum, Connes, and Higson: http://www.mmas.univ-metz.fr/~gnc/bibliographie/BaumConnes/Baum-Connes-Higson.pdf about the definition ...
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Atiyah-Singer style index theorem for elliptic cohomology?

In 1994, Mike Hopkins wrote a paper called Topological Modular Forms, the Witten Genus, and the Theorem of the Cube. As usual, the introduction was fantastic, explaining the power of various cobordism ...
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Different conventions for Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch?

I seem to find a disparity by a factor of 2 in some results where the Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch theorem is used. I am particularly troubled by the following example; in https://arxiv.org/abs/0707.2786 (...
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Index of linearized operator for symplectic vortex equations

In reference [1], the index of the linearized operator for the symplectic vortex equations is computed on page 27-28. The first step of the proof says that the operator \begin{equation}\tag{1} \...
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Index Theorem for the Twisted Dirac Operator

In the Mirror Symmetry monograph (http://www.claymath.org/library/monographs/cmim01c.pdf), on page 297, the index theorem is used for a two-dimensional twisted Dirac operator. Below equation 13.37, it ...
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What is the current understanding regarding complex structures on the 6-sphere?

In October 2016, Atiyah famously posted a preprint to the arXiv, "The Non-Existent Complex 6-Sphere" containing a very brief proof $S^6$ admits no complex structure, which I immediately read and ...
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Tensor product of “difference bundles” ( Atiyah construction)

There is a well-known in index theory "difference bundle" construction of Atiyah( see for example the original paper "Clifford modules"). And also there is a corresponding formula for the tensor ...
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A particular case of of the higher dimensional Poincare Bendixson theorem

We consider the planar polynomial vector field $$(*) \;\;\;\begin{cases} \dot x= P(x,y) \newline \dot y =Q(x,y)\end{cases}$$ We replace the real variables $x,y$ with complex variables $x:=x_{1}+...
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Does a “symbolically elliptic” sequence of operators have an analytic index?

Does a symbolically elliptic sequence of differential operators have an analytic index? cohomology? For example, is there any concrete meaning of the Todd genus of an almost complex manifold in terms ...
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Atiyah's paper on complex structures on $S^6$

M. Atiyah has posted a preprint on arXiv on the non-existence of complex structure on the sphere $S^6$. https://arxiv.org/abs/1610.09366 It relies on the topological $K$-theory $KR$ and in ...
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Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch theorem for Riemann surfaces with boundary

I would like to know if the Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch theorem exists for bundles over Riemann surfaces with a boundary. I am asking this because the Hirzebruch-Riemann-Roch theorem is used in the ...
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Is it possible to classify finite dimensional vector bundles in terms of Fredholm operators?

Let ${\mathcal K}$ be the space of Fredholm operators on a Hilbert space. It is well known that ${\mathcal K}$ represents $K$-theory. Let ${\mathcal K}_0$ be the path component of ${\mathcal K}$ of ...
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Baum Connes conjecture and Atiyah-Singer index theorem

Baum Connes conjecture is considered as a far generalisation of the Atiyah Singer index theorem (in K-theoretical formulation). I would like to understand how the latter follows from this conjecture. ...
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Multiplicativity of the analytic index (or of kernel bundle)

What I want to ask is the multiplicativity of the analytic index of a family of Dirac operators. In the single operator case the analytic index of elliptic operator is multiplicative. This is proved ...
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Aityah-Patodi-Singer theorem in odd dimensions and Maslov triple indices

Let $W$ be a compact manifold with boundary and $D^W$ a graded Dirac type operator on $W$, of product type near the boundary acting on a vector bundle $E\to W$. One obtains a graded Fredholm operator $...
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Weyl's law for minimal surfaces

I wanted to know if there was some equivalent of Weyl law for the spectrum of the Jacobi operator of a minimal surface in the non-compact case. If the minimal surface is not closed, for example in $\...
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Chern-Simons form and Rarita-Schwinger operator

The Rarita-Schwinger (RS) operator naturally generalizes the Dirac operator and in Physics it describes particles with spin-3/2. I was wondering if there exists any reference concerning the ...
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Injectivity/Surjectivity of $F_A :=\frac{d}{dt} +A(t) $ for a hyperbolic path of matrices $A(t)$ on $H^1 $

I am looking for a reference to the following problem: Given a hyperbolic (no purely imaginary eigenvalues), continuous path of matrices $A(t)$ in $\mathbb{R}$ with hyperolic limits at $\pm \infty $. ...
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Index of Modified Dirac Operator

Let's say we have an oriented compact 4-d Riemannian spin manifold $(M,g)$. Everybody who's anybody has heard about the index of the Dirac operator $D: S^+\rightarrow S-$; it's the $\hat{A}$-genus, ...
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Further directions of index theory

The Atiyah-Singer theorem is a major achievement of twentieth century mathematics. It has inspired a lot of work and people started to develop generalizations of this theorem. I would like to know the ...