Thomas Schick

Thomas Schick
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen | GAUG · Mathematisches Institut

Professor of Mathematics

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October 2001 - present
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Position
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Education
January 1945 - January 1945
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz
Field of study
  • Mathematics

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We prove the following Lipschitz rigidity result in scalar curvature geometry. Let $M$ be a closed smooth connected spin manifold of even dimension $n$, let $g$ be a Riemannian metric of regularity $W^{1,p}$, $p > n$, on $M$ whose distributional scalar curvature in the sense of Lee-LeFloch is bounded below by $n(n-1)$, and let $f \colon (M,g) \to \...
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We present a decomposition of rational twisted $G$-equivariant K-theory, $G$ a finite group, into cyclic group equivariant K-theory groups of fixed point spaces. This generalises the untwisted decomposition by Atiyah and Segal as well as the decomposition by Adem and Ruan for twists coming from group cocycles.
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The recent article "On Gromov's dihedral extremality and rigidity conjectures" by Jinmin Wang, Zhizhang Xie and Guoliang Yu makes a number of claims for self-adjoint extensions of Dirac type operators on manifolds with corners under local boundary conditions. We construct a counterexample to an index computation in that paper which affects the proo...
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Given a manifold with corners $X$, we associates to it the corner structure simplicial complex $\Sigma_X$. Its reduced K-homology is isomorphic to the K-theory of the $C^*$-algebra $\mathcal{K}_b(X)$ of b-compact operators on $X$. Moreover, the homology of $\Sigma_X$ is isomorphic to the conormal homology of $X$. In this note, we constract for an a...
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Given a closed connected spin manifold M with non-negative and somewhere positive scalar curvature, we show that the Dirac operator twisted with any flat Hilbert module bundle is invertible.
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We prove that the derivative map $d \colon \mathrm{Diff}_\partial(D^k) \to \Omega^kSO_k$, defined by taking the derivative of a diffeomorphism, can induce a nontrivial map on homotopy groups. Specifically, for $k = 11$ we prove that the following homomorphism is non-zero: $$ d_* \colon \pi_5\mathrm{Diff}_\partial(D^{11}) \to \pi_{5}\Omega^{11}SO_{1...
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A notion of differentiability is being proposed for maps between Wasserstein spaces of order 2 of smooth, connected and complete Riemannian manifolds. Due to the nature of the tangent space construction on Wasserstein spaces, we only give a global definition of differentiability, i.e. without a prior notion of pointwise differentiability. With our...
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In this note, we look at the difference, or rather the absence of a difference, between the space of metrics of positive scalar curvature and metrics of non-negative scalar curvature. The main tool to analyze the former on a spin manifold is the spectral theory of the Dirac operator and refinements thereof. This can be used, for example, to disting...
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In this note on coarse geometry we revisit coarse homotopy. We prove that coarse homotopy indeed is an equivalence relation, and this in the most general context of abstract coarse structures. We introduce (in a geometric way) coarse homotopy groups. The main result is that the coarse homotopy groups of a cone over a compact simplicial complex coin...
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This paper contributes to the classification of positive scalar curvature metrics up to bordism and up to concordance. Let $M$ be a closed spin manifold of dimension $\ge 5$ which admits a metric with positive scalar curvature. We give lower bounds on the rank of the group of psc metrics on $M$ up to bordism in terms of the corank of the canonical...
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Using standard results from higher (secondary) index theory, we prove that the positive scalar curvature bordism groups of a cartesian product GxZ are infinite in dimension 4n if n>0 G a group with non-trivial torsion. We construct representatives of each of these classes which are connected and with fundamental group GxZ. We get the same result in...
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Gromov and Lawson developed a codimension 2 index obstruction to positive scalar curvature for a closed spin manifold M, later refined by Hanke, Pape and Schick. Kubota has shown that also this obstruction can be obtained from the Rosenberg index of the ambient manifold M which takes values in the K-theory of the maximal C*-algebra of the fundament...
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Abstracts ofthe Conference "Non-commutative Geometry" at Mathematisches Forschungsinstitu Oberwolfach" 2017
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Let $N \subset M$ be a submanifold embedding of spin manifolds of some codimension $k \geq 1$. A classical result of Gromov and Lawson, refined by Hanke, Pape and Schick, states that $M$ does not admit a metric of positive scalar curvature if $k = 2$ and the Dirac operator of $N$ has non-trivial index, provided that suitable conditions are satisfie...
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We show that an enlargeable Riemannian metric on a (possibly nonspin) manifold cannot have uniformly positive scalar curvature. This extends a well-known result of Gromov and Lawson to the nonspin setting. We also prove that every noncompact manifold admits a nonenlargeable metric. In proving the first result, we use the main result of the recent p...
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Let $\Gamma$ be a finitely generated discrete group and let $\widetilde{M}$ be a Galois $\Gamma$-covering of a smooth compact manifold $M$. Let $u:X\to B\Gamma$ be the associated classifying map. Finally, let $\mathrm{S}_*^\Gamma (\widetilde{M})$ be the analytic structure group, a K-theory group appearing in the Higson-Roe exact sequence $\cdots\to...
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We characterize the $C^\star$-algebras for which openness of projections in their second duals is preserved under Murray-von Neumann equivalence. They are precisely the extensions of the annihilator $C^\star$-algebras by the commutative $C^\star$-algebras. We also show that the annihilator $C^\star$-algebras are precisely the $C^\star$-algebras for...
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We compute the $p$-central and exponent-$p$ series of all right angled Artin groups, and compute the dimensions of their subquotients. We also describe their associated Lie algebras, and relate them to the cohomology ring of the group as well as to a partially commuting polynomial ring and power series ring. We finally show how the growth series of...
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In this note on coarse geometry we revisit coarse homotopy. We prove that coarse homotopy indeed is an equivalence relation, and this in the most general context of abstract coarse structures. We introduce (in a geometric way) coarse homotopy groups. The main result is that the coarse homotopy groups of cone of a compact simplicial complex coincide...
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In this paper we prove a strengthening of a theorem of Chang, Weinberger and Yu on obstructions to the existence of positive scalar curvature metrics on compact manifolds with boundary. They construct a relative index for the Dirac operator, which lives in a relative K-theory group, measuring the difference between the fundamental group of the boun...
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We show that an enlargeable Riemannian metric on a (possibly nonspin) manifold cannot have uniformly positive scalar curvature. This extends a well-known result of Gromov and Lawson to the nonspin setting. We also prove that every noncompact manifold admits a nonenlargeable metric. In proving the first result, we use the main result of the recent p...
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We revisit the construction of signature classes in C*-algebra K-theory, and develop a variation that allows us to prove equality of signature classes in some situations involving homotopy equivalences of noncompact manifolds that are only defined outside of a compact set. As an application, we prove a counterpart for signature classes of a codimen...
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We construct non-trivial elements of order 2 in the homotopy groups $\pi_{8j+1+*} Diff(D^6,\partial)$, for * congruent 1 or 2 modulo 8, which are detected by the "assembling homomorphism" (giving rise to the Gromoll filtration), followed by the alpha-invariant in $KO_*=Z/2$. These elements are constructed by means of Morlet's homotopy equivalence b...
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These notes are based on lectures on index theory, topology, and operator algebras at the "School on High Dimensional Manifold Theory" at the ICTP in Trieste, and at the Seminari di Geometria 2002 in Bologna. We describe how techniques coming from the theory of operator algebras, in particular $C^*$-algebras, can be used to study manifolds. Operato...
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The so-called Atiyah conjecture states that the von Neumann dimensions of the L2-homology modules of free G-CW-complexes belong to a certain set of rational numbers, depending on the finite subgroups of G. In this article we extend this conjecture to a statement for the center-valued dimensions. We show that the conjecture is equivalent to a precis...
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Geometric topology has seen significant advances in the understanding and application of infinite symmetries and of the principles behind them. On the one hand, for advances in (geometric) group theory, tools from algebraic topology are applied and extended; on the other hand, spectacular results in topology (e.g., the proofs of new cases of the No...
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Recently several conjectures about l^2-invariants of CW-complexes have been disproved. At the heart of the counterexamples is a method of computing the spectral measure of an element of the complex group ring. We show that the same method can be used to compute the finite field analog of the l^2-Betti numbers, the homology gradient. As an applicati...
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In this survey article, given a smooth closed manifold M we study the space of Riemannian metrics of positive scalar curvature on M. A long-standing question is: when is this space non-empty (i.e. when does M admit a metric of positive scalar curvature)? More generally: what is the topology of this space? For example, what are its homotopy groups?...
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We derive a general obstruction to the existence of Riemannian metrics of positive scalar curvature on closed spin manifolds in terms of hypersurfaces of codimension two. The proof is based on coarse index theory for Dirac operators that are twisted with Hilbert C*-module bundles. Along the way we give a complete and self-contained proof that the m...
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The Oberwolfach conference “Topologie” is one of only a few opportunities for researchers from many different areas in algebraic and geometric topology to meet and exchange ideas. The program covered new developments in fields such as automorphisms of manifolds, applications of algebraic topology to differential geometry, quantum field theories, co...
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The main result of this paper is a new and direct proof of the natural transformation from the surgery exact sequence in topology to the analytic K-theory sequence of Higson and Roe. Our approach makes crucial use of analytic properties and new index theorems for the signature operator on Galois coverings with boundary. These are of independent int...
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Let M be a complete Riemannian spin manifold, partitioned by q two-sided hypersurfaces which have a compact transverse intersection N and which are also coarsely transversal. Let E be a bundle of finitely generated projective Hilbert A-modules over M, where A is an auxiliary C*-algebra. An example is the C*-algebra of the fundamental group and E th...
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Let X be a closed m-dimensional spin manifold which admits a metric of positive scalar curvature and let Pos(X) be the space of all such metrics. For any g in Pos(X), Hitchin used the KO-valued alpha-invariant to define a homomorphism A_{n-1} from \pi_{n-1}(Pos(X) to KO_{m+n}. He then showed that A_0 is not 0 if m = 8k or 8k+1 and that A_1 is not 0...
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We compute explicitly, and without any extra regularity assumptions, the large time limit of the fibrewise heat operator for Bismut-Lott type superconnections in the L^2-setting. This is motivated by index theory on certain non-compact spaces (families of manifolds with cocompact group action) where the convergence of the heat operator at large tim...
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We study the topology of the space of positive scalar curvature metrics on high dimensional spheres and other spin manifolds. Our main result provides elements of infinite order in higher homotopy and homology groups of these spaces, which, in contrast to previous approaches, are of infinite order and survive in the (observer) moduli space of such...
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Hodge theory is a beautiful synthesis of geometry, topology, and analysis, which has been developed in the setting of Riemannian manifolds. On the other hand, spaces of images, which are important in the mathematical foundations of vision and pattern recognition, do not fit this framework. This motivates us to develop a version of Hodge theory on m...
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Let G be a compact Lie group. Then the space LG of all maps from the circle S 1 to G becomes a group by pointwise multiplication. Actually, there are different variants of LG, depending on the classes of maps one considers, and the topology to be put on the mapping space. In these lectures, we will always look at the
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In this paper, we study the space of metrics of positive scalar curvature using methods from coarse geometry. Given a closed spin manifold M with fundamental group G, Stephan Stolz introduced the positive scalar curvature exact sequence, in analogy to the surgery exact sequence in topology. It calculates a structure group of metrics of positive sca...
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We prove the strong Atiyah conjecture for right-angled Artin groups and right-angled Coxeter groups. More generally, we prove it for groups which are certain finite extensions or elementary amenable extensions of such groups.
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Boutet de Monvel's calculus provides a pseudodifferential framework which encompasses the classical differential boundary value problems. In an extension of the concept of Lopatinski and Shapiro, it associates to each operator two symbols: a pseudodifferential principal symbol, which is a bundle homomorphism, and an operator-valued boundary symbol....
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We define the analytical and the topological indices for continuous families of operators in the C*-closure of the Boutet de Monvel algebra. Using techniques of C*-algebra K-theory and the Atiyah-Singer theorem for families of elliptic operators on a closed manifold, we prove that these two indices coincide.
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The Oberwolfach conference “Topologie” is one of the few occasions where researchers from many different areas in algebraic and geometric topology are able to meet and exchange ideas. Accordingly, the program covered a wide range of new developments in such fields as classification of manifolds, isomorphism conjectures, geometric topology, and homo...
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The initial motivation of this work was to give a topological interpretation of two-periodic twisted de-Rham cohomology which is generalizable to arbitrary coefficients. To this end we develop a sheaf theory in the context of locally compact topological stacks with emphasis on the construction of the sheaf theory operations in unbounded derived cat...
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Conjecture 1 of Stanley Chang: "Positive scalar curvature of totally nonspin manifolds" asserts that a closed smooth manifold M with non-spin universal covering admits a metric of positive scalar curvature if and only if a certain homological condition is satisfied. We present a counterexample to this conjecture, based on the counterexample to the...
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Quasi-multipliers for a Hilbert C*-bimodule V were introduced by Brown, Mingo and Shen 1994 as a certain subset of the Banach bidual module V**. We give another (equivalent) definition of quasi-multipliers for Hilbert C*-bimodules using the centralizer approach and then show that quasi-multipliers are, in fact, universal (maximal) objects of a cert...
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Generalized differential cohomology theories, in particular differential K-theory (often called "smooth K-theory"), are becoming an important tool in differential geometry and in mathematical physics. In this survey, we describe the developments of the recent decades in this area. In particular, we discuss axiomatic characterizations of differentia...
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We prove that for many degrees in a stable range the homotopy groups of the moduli space of metrics of positive scalar curvature on S^n and on other manifolds are non-trivial. This is achieved by further developing and then applying a family version of the surgery construction of Gromov-Lawson to an exotic smooth families of spheres due to Hatcher....
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The proof of Theorem 7.12 of "Uniqueness of smooth cohomology theories" by the authors of this note is not correct. The said theorem identifies the flat part of a differential extension of a generalized cohomology theory E with ER/Z (there called "smooth extension"). In this note, we give a correct proof. Moreover, we prove slightly stronger versio...
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In this paper, we show how to construct examples of closed manifolds with explicitly computed irrational, even transcendental $L^2$ Betti numbers, defined via the universal covering. We show that every non-negative real number shows up as an $L^2$-Betti number of some covering of a compact manifold, and that many computable real numbers appear as...
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We provide an axiomatic framework for the study of smooth extensions of generalized cohomology theories. Our main results are about the uniqeness of smooth extensions, and the identification of the flat theory with the R/Z-theory. In particular, we show that there is a unique smooth extension of K-theory and of MU-cobordism with a unique multiplica...
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In this paper we give a geometric cobordism description of smooth integral cohomology. The main motivation to consider this model (for other models see [4], [6], [5]) is that it allows for simple descriptions of both the cup product and the integration, so that it is easy to verify the compatibilty of these structures. We proceed in a similar way i...
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This conference is one of the few occasions where researchers from many different areas in algebraic and geometric topology are able to meet and exchange ideas. Accordingly, the program covered a wide range of new developments in such fields as geometric group theory, rigidity of group actions, knot theory, and stable and unstable homotopy theory....
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Let G be a discrete group and let X be a G-finite, proper G-CW-complex. We prove that Kasparov's equivariant K-homology groups KK^G(C_0(X),\C) are isomorphic to the geometric equivariant K-homology groups of X that are obtained by making the geometric K-homology theory of Baum and Douglas equivariant in the natural way. This reconciles the original...
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We construct differential equivariant K-theory of representable smooth orbifolds as a ring valued functor with the usual properties of a differential extension of a cohomology theory. For proper submersions (with smooth fibres) we construct a push-forward map in differential equivariant K-theory. Finally, we construct a non-degenerate intersection...
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We construct smooth equivariant K-theory of representable smooth orbifolds as a ring valued functor with the usual properties of a smooth extension of a cohomology theory. For proper submersions (with smooth fibres) we construct a push-forward map in smooth equivariant K-theory. Finally, we construct a non-degenerate inter-section pairing for the s...
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The "zero in the spectrum conjecture" asserted (in its strongest form) that for any manifold M zero should be in the l2-spectrum of the Laplacian (on forms) of the universal covering of M, i.e. that at least one (unreduced) L2-cohomology group of (the universal covering of) M is non-zero. Farber and Weinberger gave the first counterexamples to this...
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Let G be a compact Lie-group, X a compact G-CW-complex. We define equivariant geometric K-homology groups K^G_*(X), using an obvious equivariant version of the (M,E,f)-picture of Baum-Douglas for K-homology. We define explicit natural transformations to and from equivariant K-homology defined via KK-theory (the "official" equivariant K-homology gro...
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Using methods from coarse topology we show that fundamental classes of closed enlargeable manifolds map non-trivially both to the rational homology of their fundamental groups and to the K-theory of the corresponding reduced C ∗-algebras. Our proofs do not depend on the Baum– Connes conjecture and provide independent confirmation for specific predi...
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Survey article on loop groups and their representations, following a course of three lectures held at the summer school "algebraic groups" at the Georg-August-Universitaet zu Goettingen, June 27--July 13, 2005. We discuss loop groups, their central extensions, and positive energy representations.
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Let G be a group such that its finite subgroups have bounded order, let d denote the lowest common multiple of the orders of the finite subgroups of G, and let K be a subfield of C that is closed under complex conjugation. Let U(G) denote the algebra of unbounded operators affiliated to the group von Neumann algebra N(G), and let D(KG,U(G)) denote...
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The main aim of this paper is the construction of a smooth (sometimes called differential) extension \hat{MU} of the cohomology theory complex cobordism MU, using cycles for \hat{MU}(M) which are essentially proper maps W\to M with a fixed U(n)-structure and U(n)-connection on the (stable) normal bundle of W\to M. Crucial is that this model allows...
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In this note, we exhibit a method to prove the Baum-Connes conjecture (with coefficients) for extensions with finite quotients of certain groups which already satisfy the Baum-Connes conjecture. Interesting examples to which this method applies are torsion-free finite extensions of the pure braid groups, e.g. the full braid groups, or certain funda...
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In this paper we compute the Galois cohomology of the pro-p completion of primitive link groups. Here, a primitive link group is the fundamental group of a tame link in the 3-sphere whose linking number diagram is irreducible modulo p (e.g. none of the linking numbers is divisible by p). The result is that (with Z/pZ-coefficients) the Galois cohomo...
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We show that for a ‘continuous’ family of Borsuk–Ulam situations, parametrized by points of a compact manifold W, its solution set also depends ‘continuously’ on the parameter space W. By such a family we understand a compact set Z⊂W×Sm×ℝm, the solution set consists of points (w, x, v)∈Z such that also (w,−x, v)∈Z. Here, ‘continuity’ means that the...
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Let G be a finitely generated discrete group. In this paper we establish vanishing results for rho-invariants associated to (i) the spin-Dirac operator of a spin manifold with positive scalar curvature (ii) the signature operator of the disjoint union of a pair of homotopy equivalent oriented manifolds with fundamental group G. The invariants we co...
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This is the first of a series of papers on sheaf theory on smooth and topological stacks and its applications. The main result of the present paper is the characterization of the twisted (by a closed integral three-form) de Rham complex on a manifold. As an object in the derived category it will be related with the push-forward of the constant shea...
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We show that for each discrete group Γ, the rational assembly map $$K_*(B\Gamma) \otimes {\mathbb{Q}} \to K_*(C^*_{\max}\Gamma) \otimes {\mathbb{Q}}$$is injective on classes dual to \({\Lambda^* \subset H^*(B\Gamma;\mathbb{Q})}\), where Λ* is the subring generated by cohomology classes of degree at most 2 (and where the pairing uses the Chern chara...
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We construct an analytic multiplicative model of smooth K-theory. We further introduce the notion of a smooth K-orientation of a proper submersion and define the associated push-forward which satisfies functoriality, compatibility with pull-back diagrams, and projection and bordism formulas. We construct a multiplicative lift of the Chern character...
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We give a counterexample to a conjecture of D H Gottlieb and prove a strengthened version of it. The conjecture says that a map from a finite CW–complex X to an aspherical CW– complex Y with non-zero Euler characteristic can have non-trivial degree (suitably defined) only if the centralizer of the image of the fundamental group of X is trivial. As...
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Let G be a discrete group, and let M be a closed spin manifold of dimension m>3 with pi_1(M)=G. We assume that M admits a Riemannian metric of positive scalar curvature. We discuss how to use the L2-rho invariant and the delocalized eta invariant associated to the Dirac operator on M in order to get information about the space of metrics with posit...
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The Atiyah conjecture for a discrete group G states that the $L^2$-Betti numbers of a finite CW-complex with fundamental group G are integers if G is torsion-free and are rational with denominators determined by the finite subgroups of G in general. Here we establish conditions under which the Atiyah conjecture for a group G implies the Atiyah conj...
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The asymptotic dimension of any building is finite and equal to the asymptotic dimension of an apartment in that building. Generally we use definitions and notation as in [D]. In particular, (W, S) is a finitely generated Coxeter system, C is a building with Weyl group W, |C | is the Davis realization of C. We will, however, confuse the Coxeter gro...
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We give a proof that the geometric K-homology theory for finite CW-complexes defined by Baum and Douglas is isomorphic to Kasparov's K-homology. The proof is a simplification of more elaborate arguments which deal with the geometric formulation of equivariant K-homology theory.
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v2: An additional assumption was added in Theorem 4.8. In order to show that a connected abelian group is admissible on the site of locally compact spaces we must in addition assume that it is locally topologically divisible. This condition is used in the proof of Lemma 4.62. Comment: 125 pages, contribution to the Proceedings of the International...
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We show that the inertia stack of a topological stack is again a topological stack. We further observe that the inertia stack of an orbispace is again an orbispace. We show how a U(1)-banded gerbe over an orbispace gives rise to a flat line bundle over its inertia stack. Via sheaf theory over topological stacks it gives rise to the twisted delocali...
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In a previous paper, we showed nonvaninishing of the universal index elements in the K-theory of the maximal C*-algebras of the fundamental groups of enlargeable spin manifolds. The underlying notion of enlargeability was the one from the first relevant paper of Gromov and Lawson, involving contracting maps defined on finite covers of the given man...
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In this note, we study non-standard models of the rational numbers with countably many elements. These are ordered fields, and so it makes sense to complete them, using non-standard Cauchy sequences. The main result of this note shows that these completions are real closed, i.e. each positive number is a square, and each polynomial of odd degree ha...
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L2-spectral invariants play an increasingly important role in the analysis of infinite geometric objects allowing for the action of a group. Typ- ical such objects are covering spaces like Riemannian manifolds and graphs. The aim is to understand the group and the geometry of the object. The as- sociated L2-invariants can all be derived from the in...
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Let $M$ be a compact manifold. and $D$ a Dirac type differential operator on $M$. Let $A$ be a $C^*$-algebra. Given a bundle $W$ of $A$-modules over $M$ (with connection), the operator $D$ can be twisted with this bundle. One can then use a trace on $A$ to define numerical indices of this twisted operator. We prove an explicit formula for this inde...
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Let M be a compact manifold and D a Dirac type differential operator on M. Let A be a C *-algebra. Given a bundle W (with connection) of A-modules over M , the operator D can be twisted with this bundle. One can then use a trace on A to define numerical indices of this twisted operator. We prove an explicit formula for these indices. Our results co...
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:Let G be a group together with an descending nested sequence of normal subgroups G=G_0, G_1, G_2 G_3, ... of finite index [G:G_k] such the intersection of the G_k-s is the trivial group. Let (X,Y) be a compact 4n-dimensional Poincare' pair and p: (\bar{X},\bar{Y}) \to (X,Y) be a G-covering, i.e. normal covering with G as deck transformation group....
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In string theory, the concept of T-duality between two principal U(1)-bundles E_1 and E_2 over the same base space B, together with cohomology classes $h_1\in H^3(E_1)$ and $h_2\in H^3(E_2)$, has been introduced. One of the main virtues of T-duality is that $h_1$-twisted K-theory of $E_1$ is isomorphic to $h_2$-twisted K-theory of $E_2$. In this pa...
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Let M be a closed enlargeable spin manifold. We show non-triviality of the universal index obstruction in the K-theory of the maximal $C^*$-algebra of the fundamental group of M. Our proof is independent from the injectivity of the Baum-Connes assembly map for the fundamental group of M and relies on the construction of a certain infinite dimension...
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We study the C*-closure of the algebra of all operators of order and class zero in Boutet de Monvel's calculus on a compact connected manifold X with boundary . We find short exact sequences in K-theory which split, so that K i() ≅ K i(C(X)) ⊕ K 1−i(C 0(T*X°)). Using only simple K-theoretic arguments and the Atiyah-Singer index theorem, we show t...

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