Graduate Student Seminar, 5:00 pm April 7, 2003, Hayes-Healy 231



A Brief Introduction to the Index Theorem


I will introduce the notion of a genus from a topological view. We will then see how the A^ genus can be viewed as the index of the Dirac operator via the Atiyah-Singer index theorem and how this can be applied to other issues, such as the existence of positive scalar curvature metrics.

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