L2-Invariants: Theory and Applications to Geometry and K-Theory

L2-Invariants: Theory and Applications to Geometry and K-Theory

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In algebraic topology some classical invariants - such as Betti numbers and Reidemeister torsion - are defined for compact spaces and finite group actions. They can be generalized using von Neumann algebras and their traces, and applied also to non-compact spaces and infinite groups. These new L2-invariants contain very interesting and novel information and can be applied to problems arising in topology, K-Theory, differential geometry, non-commutative geometry and spectral theory. It is particularly these interactions with different fields that make L2-invariants very powerful and exciting. The book presents a comprehensive introduction to this area of research, as well as its most recent results and developments. It is written in a way which enables the reader to pick out a favourite topic and to find the result she or he is interested in quickly and without being forced to go through other material.6. L2-Invariants. for. General. Spaces. with. Group. Action. Introduction In this chapter we will extend the definition of L2-Betti ... Of course then the value may be infinite, but we will see that in surprisingly many interesting situations the value will be ... The first elementary observation is that the C-category of finitely generated Hilbert jV(G)-modules is isomorphic to the ... Now the main technical result of Section 6.1 is that the von Neumann dimension, which is a priori defined for finitelyanbsp;...

Title:L2-Invariants: Theory and Applications to Geometry and K-Theory
Author:Wolfgang Lück
Publisher:Springer Science & Business Media - 2002-08-06


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