## Abstract

This paper achieves, among other things, the following: • It frees the main result of [9] from the hypothesis of determinant class and extends this result from unitary to arbitrary representations. • It extends (and at the same times provides a new proof of) the main result of Bismut and Zhang [3] from finite dimensional representations of Γ to representations on an script A sign-Hilbert module of finite type (script A sign a finite von Neumann algebra). The result of [3] corresponds to script A sign = ℂ. • It provides interesting real valued functions on the space of representations of the fundamental group Γ of a closed manifold M. These functions might be a useful source of topological and geometric invariants of M. These objectives are achieved with the help of the relative torsion script R sign, first introduced by Carey, Mathai and Mishchenko [12] in special cases. The main result of this paper calculates explicitly this relative torsion (cf. Theorem 1.1).

Original language | English (US) |
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Pages (from-to) | 15-85 |

Number of pages | 71 |

Journal | Communications in Contemporary Mathematics |

Volume | 3 |

Issue number | 1 |

State | Published - Feb 1 2001 |

## ASJC Scopus subject areas

- Mathematics(all)
- Applied Mathematics