252 research outputs found

    On positivity of the Kadison constant and noncommutative Bloch theory

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    In an earlier paper, we established a natural connection between the Baum-Connes conjecture and noncommutative Bloch theory, viz. the spectral theory of projectively periodic elliptic operators on covering spaces. We elaborate on this connection here and provide significant evidence for a fundamental conjecture in noncommutative Bloch theory on the non-existence of Cantor set type spectrum. This is accomplished by establishing an explicit lower bound for the Kadison constant of twisted group C*-algebras in a large number of cases, whenever the multiplier is rational.Comment: Latex2e, 16 pages, final version, to appear in a special issue of Tohoku Math. J. (in press

    Witten Genus and Elliptic genera for proper actions

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    In this paper, we construct for the first time, the Witten genus and elliptic genera on noncompact manifolds with a proper cocompact action by an almost connected Lie group and prove vanishing and rigidity results that generalise known results for compact group actions on compact manifolds. We also compute our genera for some interesting examples.Comment: 26 pages. A conjecture remove

    T-duality of current algebras and their quantization

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    In this paper we show that the T-duality transform of Bouwknegt, Evslin and Mathai applies to determine isomorphisms of certain current algebras and their associated vertex algebras on topologically distinct T-dual spacetimes compactified to circle bundles with HH-flux.Comment: 21 pages. 3 references added and to appear in Contemp. Mat

    On the homotopy invariance of L^2 torsion for covering spaces

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    We prove the homotopy invariance of L^2 torsion for covering spaces, whenever the covering transformation group is either residually finite or amenable. In the case when the covering transformation group is residually finite and when the L^2 cohomology of the covering space vanishes, the homotopy invariance was established earlier by Lueck. We also give some applications of our results.Comment: LaTeX2e, 10 page

    Holomorphic Quillen determinant line bundles on integral compact Kahler manifolds

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    We show that any compact Kahler manifold with integral Kahler form, parametrizes a natural holomorphic family of Cauchy-Riemann operators on the Riemann sphere such that the Quillen determinant line bundle of this family is isomorphic to a sufficiently high tensor power of the holomorphic line bundle determined by the integral Kahler form. We also establish a symplectic version of the result. We conjecture that an equivariant version of our result is true.Comment: Latex2e, 10 pages, To appear in, Quillen memorial issue, Quarterly J. Mat

    Higher abelian gauge theory associated to gerbes on noncommutative deformed M5-branes and S-duality

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    We enhance the action of higher abelian gauge theory associated to a gerbe on an M5-brane with an action of a torus Tn(n2){\mathbb T}^n (n\ge 2), by a noncommutative Tn{\mathbb T}^n-deformation of the M5-brane. The ingredients of the noncommutative action and equations of motion include the deformed Hodge duality, deformed wedge product, and the noncommutative integral over the noncommutative space obtained by strict deformation quantization. As an application we then introduce a variant model with an enhanced action in which we show that the corresponding partition function is a modular form, which is a purely noncommutative geometry phenomenon since the usual theory only has a Z2\mathbb Z_2-symmetry. In particular, S-duality in this 6-dimensional higher abelian gauge theory model is shown to be, in this sense, on par with the usual 4-dimensional case.Comment: 23 pages, details and references adde

    On mysteriously missing T-duals, H-flux and the T-duality group

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    A general formula for the topology and H-flux of the T-duals of type II string theories with H-flux on toroidal compactifications is presented here. It is known that toroidal compactifications with H-flux do not necessarily have T-duals which are themselves toroidal compactifications. A big puzzle has been to explain these mysterious ``missing T-duals'', and our paper presents a solution to this problem using noncommutative topology. We also analyze the T-duality group and its action, and illustrate these concepts with examples.Comment: 4 pages, latex2e, Mistake in formula corrected, ref. adde
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