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Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society
1997; 80 pp; softcover
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Order Code: MEMO/128/609
In this book, an index theorem is proved for arbitrary families of elliptic boundary value problems for Dirac operators and a surgery formula for the index of a family of Dirac operators on a closed manifold. Also obtained is a very general result on the cobordism invariance of the index of a family.
All results are established by first symplectically rephrasing the problems and then using a generalized symplectic reduction technique. This provides a unified approach to all possible parameter spaces and all possible symmetries of a Dirac operator (eight symmetries in the real case and two in the complex case).
Graduate students and research mathematicians interested in index theory; topologists and gauge theorists.
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