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Index Theory and Operator Algebras
Edited by: Jeffrey Fox and Peter Haskell

Contemporary Mathematics
1993; 190 pp; softcover
Volume: 148
ISBN-10: 0-8218-5152-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-5152-4
List Price: US$52
Member Price: US$41.60
Order Code: CONM/148
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This collection of papers by leading researchers provides a broad picture of current research directions in index theory. Based on lectures presented at the NSF-CBMS Regional Conference on \(K\)-Homology and Index Theory, held in August 1991 at the University of Colorado at Boulder, the book provides both a careful exposition of new perspectives in classical index theory and an introduction to currently active areas of the field. Presented here are two new proofs of the classical Atiyah-Singer Index Theorem, as well as index theorems for manifolds with boundary and open manifolds. Index theory for semi-simple \(p\)-adic groups and the geometry of discrete groups are also discussed. Throughout the book, the application of operator algebras emerges as a central theme. Aimed at graduate students and researchers, this book is suitable as a text for an advanced graduate course on index theory.


Graduate students and researchers in index theory.

Table of Contents

  • P. Baum, N. Higson, and R. Plymen -- Equivariant homology for \(SL(2)\) of a \(p\)-adic field
  • E. Getzler -- Cyclic homology and the Atiyah-Patodi-Singer index theorem
  • E. Guentner -- \(K\)-Homology and the index theorem
  • N. Higson -- On the \(K\)-theory proof of the index theorem
  • S. Hurder -- Topology of covers and the spectral theory of geometric operators
  • R. Ji -- Some applications of cyclic cohomology to the study of group \(C^\ast\)-algebras
  • P. Jorgensen -- Spectral theory for self-adjoint operator extensions associated with Clifford algebras
  • D. Kucerovsky -- Averaging operators and open manifolds
  • S. Zhang -- \(K\)-theory and a bivariable Fredholm index
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