This paper achieves, among other things, the following: • It frees the main result of  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  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  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  in special cases. The main result of this paper calculates explicitly this relative torsion (cf. Theorem 1.1).
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||71|
|Journal||Communications in Contemporary Mathematics|
|State||Published - Feb 1 2001|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Applied Mathematics