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Colloquium-Hang Wang

Speaker: Hang Wang Location: LD 229

Index Theory of Elliptic Operators on Spaces with Symmetries


In differential geometry, the Atiyah-Singer index theorem, by means of calculating the Fredholm index of an elliptic operator on a closed manifold, creates an amazing link between analytic and topological invariants of the manifold. It unifies in various geometric settings several beautiful theorems, such as the Gauss-Bonnet theorem and the Riemann-Roch theorem.

One of the most exciting generalizations of the Atiyah-Singer index theorem is equivariant index theory of elliptic operators on a noncompact space with symmetries, due to its connection to several important subjects and problems in topology, geometry and representation theory. For example, a famous open problem in topology about homotopy invariance of higher signatures, known as the Novikov Conjecture, is formulated in this framework.

After the introduction, we will present a noncompact analogue of the Atiyah-Segel-Singer fixed point theorem for compact group actions and use it to recover Harish-Chandra's character formula for a certain class of representations of a semisimple Lie group. This work represents a fusion of index theory and representation theory in the context of operator algebras. This is joint work with Peter Hochs. 


Hang Wang's research focuses on index theory and non-commutative geometry, and their connections to representation theory. She received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2011, under the supervision of Professor Gennadi Kasparov. She spent several years as a fellow of the Institute of Geometry and Applications at the University of Adelaide before joining the faculty at East China Normal University.

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