I gave a talk in our seminar yesterday which arises from trying to understand the paper of Chang, Weinberger and Yu (Chang, Stanley, Shmuel Weinberger, and Guoliang Yu. “Positive Scalar Curvature and a New Index Theorem for Noncompact Manifolds,” 2013) where they use relative index theory in a non \(\pi-\pi\) situation to produce examples of manifolds with strange positive-scalar-curvature properties (e.g., a non-compact manifold which has an exhaustion by compact manifolds with boundary carrying nice positive-scalar-curvature metrics, but which itself carries no such metric).
I wanted to develop an approach to this kind of index theory that was more accessible (to me) and the talk was a report on my efforts in that direction. Here are the slides from that talk.
After a busy day giving final exams in the MASS program it was nice to learn today that my paper with Paul Siegel about sheaves of C*-algebras has appeared in the Journal of K-Theory. The link for the published version is
This paper arose from some discussions when Paul was writing his thesis. We were talking about the “lifting and controlling” arguments for Paschke duals that are used in the construction of various forms of operator-algebraic assembly maps (an early example is the one that appears in my paper with Nigel on the coarse Baum-Connes conjecture, which asserts that the quotient \( D^*(X)/C^*(X) \) of the “controlled” pseudolocal by the “controlled” locally compact operators does not depend on the assumed “control”). At some point in these discussions I casually remarked that, “of course”, what is really going on is that the Paschke dual is a sheaf. Some time later I realized that what I had said was, in fact, true. There aren’t any new results here but I hope that there is some conceptual clarification. (There is an interesting spectral sequence that I’ll try to write about another time, though.)
This is the final one of a series of posts about the manuscript “Finite Part of Operator K-theory for Groups Finitely Embeddable into Hilbert Space and the Degree of Non-rigidity of Manifolds” (ArXiv e-print 1308.4744. http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.4744) by Guoliang Yu and Shmuel Weinberger. In previous posts (most recently this one) I’ve described their main result about the assembly map, what I call the Finite Part Conjecture, and explained some of the methodology of the proof for the large class of groups that they call “finitely embeddable in Hilbert space”. Now I want to explain some of the consequences of the Finite Part Conjecture. Continue reading
Continuing this series (earlier posts here, here and here) on the paper of Weinberger and Yu, I’m expecting to make two more posts: this one, which will say something about the class of groups for which they can prove their Finite Part Conjecture, and one more, which will say something about what can be done with the conjecture once one knows it. Continue reading
(I posted this yesterday but it seems to have vanished into the ether – I am trying again.)
This series of posts addresses the preprint “Finite Part of Operator K-theory for Groups Finitely Embeddable into Hilbert Space and the Degree of Non-rigidity of Manifolds” (ArXiv e-print 1308.4744. http://arxiv.org/abs/1308.4744) by Guoliang Yu and Shmuel Weinberger. In my previous post I gave the description of their main conjecture (let’s call it the Finite Part Conjecture) and showed how it would follow from the Baum-Connes conjecture (or, simply, from the statement that the Baum-Connes assembly map was an injection). Continue reading