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.
This monograph is devoted to Krull domains and its invariants. The book shows how a serious study of invariants of Krull domains necessitates input from various fields of mathematics, including rings and module theory, commutative algebra, K-theory, cohomology theory, localization theory and algebraic geometry. About half of the book is dedicated to so-called involutive invariants, such as the involutive Brauer group, and is essentially the first to cover these topics. In a structured and methodical way, the work presents a large quantity of results previously scattered throughout the literature. Audience: This volume is recommended as a first introduction to this rapidly developing subject, but will also be useful as a state-of-the-art reference work, both to students at graduate and postgraduate levels and to researchers in commutative rings and algebra, algebraic K-theory, algebraic geometry, and associative rings.
This book provides an extensive and self-contained presentation of quantum and related invariants of knots and 3-manifolds. Polynomial invariants of knots, such as the Jones and Alexander polynomials, are constructed as quantum invariants, i.e. invariants derived from representations of quantum groups and from the monodromy of solutions to the Knizhnik-Zamolodchikov equation. With the introduction of the Kontsevich invariant and the theory of Vassiliev invariants, the quantum invariants become well-organized. Quantum and perturbative invariants, the LMO invariant, and finite type invariants of 3-manifolds are discussed. The Chern-Simons field theory and the Wess-Zumino-Witten model are described as the physical background of the invariants.